Shortly into the confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions CODEPINK member Desiree Fairooz, emitted a reflexive gasp upon hearing Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) say that Mr. Session's record of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”

Ms. Fairooz described the reflexive noise she made as, “spontaneous. It was an immediate rejection of what I considered an outright lie or pure ignorance.” She then held a sign reading “Support Civil Rights; Stop Sessions” as she was placed under arrest and taken out of the room.

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Washington, D.C. - CODEPINK members Tighe Barry, Desiree Fairooz, and Lenny Bianchi were found guilty of disorderly conduct and parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds.

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To U.S. Attorney Generals:

The Department of Justice should not eject people from public hearings in congress and then criminally prosecute them for up to a year in prison for appropriate reactions to absurd and false statements. 

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Alba Correa
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  • Alba Correa
    signed 2018-05-09 13:54:02 -0400
  • Gen Agustsson
    signed 2017-09-09 11:41:26 -0400
  • Michelle Maldonado
    signed 2017-09-06 15:21:39 -0400
  • Thomas Gannon
    signed 2017-09-05 13:58:33 -0400
    Thomas A. Gannon
  • Michael Bianco
    signed 2017-09-02 21:20:23 -0400
    Michael Bianco
  • Russell Dixon
    signed 2017-09-02 11:22:06 -0400
    Free Desiree Fairooz from this persecution, she has committed no crime; the crime is being committed against her. When you invite the public to an event then you expect a public reaction. Politicians and the Courts are such hypocrites; where was this persecution of Joe Wilson for the defamation of President Obama (yelling out Obama a liar during his event); you people disgust me.
  • Leslie Elston
    signed 2017-09-02 10:28:09 -0400
  • Sabrina Coble
    signed 2017-09-01 23:11:41 -0400
  • Dawn Devenny
    signed 2017-09-01 21:12:58 -0400
  • Timothy Beldock
    signed 2017-09-01 13:29:09 -0400
    This is absolutely ridiculous. Jeff Sessions is not fit for public service…period. This is like Nazi Germany nonsense. What an embarassment. The justice department (the top tier of our legal system is making an embarassingly grave mistake). When will people stand up and say enough is enough.
  • Leandra Yancey
    signed 2017-08-15 01:09:47 -0400
    my page Raphael
  • Patrick Lauze
    signed 2017-08-10 09:50:20 -0400
  • Donald Trump
    signed 2017-07-18 14:45:42 -0400
    Absolutely lock up this poorly aging hippie!
  • Bambi Kapustik
    signed 2017-07-17 08:30:34 -0400
    I thought the article in the paper was a satiric piece on our current political farce so you can imagine my surprise when I found out this actually happened! Please add my protest to this theater of the absurd.
  • Keith Stanistreet
    signed 2017-07-16 13:53:38 -0400
    Absurd ! Insane ! Childish and demeaning! Sessions, how does you being a laughing matter translate into a citizen being tried for laughing during a hearing in Congress ? Disgraceful and juvenile ! And Americans wonder why they are so disliked throughout our world. Perhaps the clownish antics of elected officials is a contributing factor. Being half American on my mothers side is becoming a constant source of embarrassment . Not laughing in Canada ! Shame, shame, shame !
  • Germaine Tresvik
    signed 2017-07-16 00:47:14 -0400
  • Dayanara Ryelle 虎
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-15 15:19:42 -0400
    #CODEPINK protestors could face a year in prison for #Laughin. #Resist policing democracy instead of #warcriminals
  • Dayanara Ryelle 虎
    @DayaRyelle tweeted link to this page. 2017-07-15 15:19:38 -0400
    #CODEPINK protestors could face a year in prison for #Laughin. #Resist policing democracy instead of #warcriminals
  • Michael Clemens
    signed 2017-07-15 15:19:26 -0400
    Real laughter is as an involuntary physical response to stimulus.

    The real, and even more absurd, trial could be over the issue of the authenticity of the laughter.

    In another situation, if it weren’t so tragic, my laughter could be uncontrollable.

    Is that a crime?
  • Dayanara Ryelle
    signed 2017-07-15 15:19:14 -0400
    We should jail them for false imprisonment.
  • Mason Cole
    signed 2017-07-15 14:56:46 -0400
    Very understandable reaction
  • Freda Bunce
    signed 2017-07-15 08:14:33 -0400
  • Debra Davies
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-14 21:15:28 -0400
    #CODEPINK protestors could face a year in prison for #Laughin. #Resist policing democracy instead of #warcriminals
  • Debra Davies
    signed 2017-07-14 21:15:00 -0400
  • Laura Potter
    signed 2017-07-14 18:09:03 -0400
    Laura Potter
  • Chris Glenn
    signed 2017-07-14 16:37:48 -0400
    Replacing the whole damn system is a must, along with democrats & GOP
  • Danny Dyche
    signed 2017-07-14 16:36:19 -0400
  • Rebecca Baggett
    signed 2017-07-14 14:30:00 -0400
    There are some real issues for the DOJ in this country and NONE of them involve this incident. DO YOUR FREAKING JOB.
  • Kate Beckwith
    signed 2017-07-14 13:49:55 -0400
    Ridiculous that someone would have to stifle a laugh over something ridiculous.
  • Martha Hubert
    signed 2017-07-14 13:45:34 -0400
    Damn! This is soooooo fucked up!

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