19 Jewish rabbis arrested for protesting Donald Trump’s Muslim ban at Trump Tower

  • On Monday, 19 rabbis were arrested for protesting Trump’s executive order on refugees and Muslim immigrants at the Trump Tower in New York City.
  • The protest consisted of about 200 Jewish clergy members holding up posters defending Muslims and refugees, beating drums and shaking tambourines at around 7 p.m. 
  • Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, one of the rabbis at the protest, said the rabbis who were arrested — 11 women, eight men — belong to a Jewish social justice group called T'ruah.
  • The rabbis were arrested for blocking traffic at the hotel as they prayed after their march through Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Read more

“On December 9, 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut.  Jim Morrison was booked on charges of indecency, public obscenity, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. This arrest was portrayed in Oliver Stone’s The Doors movie. Jim had met a girl in his dressing room and wanted a bit more privacy so he went into a shower stall with her. A police officer spotted them in the bathroom and told them they had to leave. Jim told the officer he was in the band and told him to go away. The cop got pushy with Jim, Jim tried to push him away and then the cop maced him. The police wanted to arrest Jim on the spot but were afraid it would incite a riot if the concert was cancelled. During the last song, "Backdoor Man”, Jim told a story about what happened backstage. The cops shut the music down and came directly onstage to arrest him.“


Hundreds of arrests expected amid ongoing health care protests

  • After Senate Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week, hundreds of demonstrators gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge their representatives to scrap future attempts to scuttle the health care laws and back universal coverage instead.
  • Of those who attended the protest, “about 600 or so people” had signed up expressing they were willing to be arrested, according to Jennifer Epps-Addison, president and co-executive director at the Center for Popular Democracy, one of the groups that planned the protest. 
  • “A few hundred more” came as supporters and legal observers, she said.
  • Police on Capitol Hill have made nearly 200 arrests in connection with protests of the Senate’s health care overhaul since June. Read more (7/19/17 4:20 PM)

Anti-choice protesters arrested for blocking entrance to Kentucky’s only abortion clinic

  • Kentucky’s lone abortion clinic saw a number of arrests this weekend, as Louisville Metro Police took 10 protesters who had formed a human chain at the clinic’s entrance into custody early Saturday morning.
  • The Courier-Journal reported that Operation Save America, an aggressively evangelistic organization that’s vehemently opposed to abortion, staged the stunt outside the EMW Women’s Surgical Center at roughly 6 a.m. local time on Saturday.  Read more (5/15/17)

2 more arrested for allegedly performing female genital mutilation on minors in Michigan

  • The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that two people have been arrested and charged by criminal complaint for “alleged participation in a conspiracy that involved performing female genital mutilations on minors.”
  • Fakhruddin Attar, 53, and his wife Farida Attar, 50, reportedly worked with Jumana Nagarwala, a Detroit physician who was arrested April 12 and charged with illegally performing FGM on minors, including girls as young as 6 years old. Read more (4/21/17)