It didn’t take very long before people began protesting the decision made by five of the male members of the Supreme Court about the Hobby Lobby case! It isn’t easy to find out about them, though. Your local news might cover a protest that took place in your area, but they aren’t covering the protests that happen in other parts of the United States. As such, you may be left unaware about the true number of protests that happened. (Blog will be updated as new information is found)
In this blog, I will provide information about each and every Hobby Lobby protest that took place. I will list them in chronological order. All this information, when put together, makes it clear that there are a lot of people who disagree with the SCOTUS decision on the case – beyond Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagen, and Sonya Sotomayor.
1) June 30, 2014
* Protest at the Hobby Lobby in Edmond, Oklahoma
* An impromptu gathering that was organized by Faithful America, a non-profit group who recruited a local retired Baptist minister to lead a prayer vigil outside the store
* Purpose of the protesters was to let people know that not all Christians are thrilled with the SCOTUS decision
2) July 1, 2014
* Protest took place in front of the Hobby Lobby on Elida Road in Lima, Ohio
* Four protesters attended: April Nester, Amber Turnmire, Joe Monbeck, and Cory Lykins
* Purpose of the protest was, according to April Nester: We’re here to raise awareness about the latest Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby. We’re hoping to let all the voters out here know that they need to stay aware and informed, because their Supreme Court has given employers rights over our personal health care decisions.”
3) July 1-4, 2014
* Protest took place at a Hobby Lobby store in Duluth, Minnesota
* Organized by Arielle Schnur – who was then joined by a group of people
* The purpose of the protesters was to inform curious passers-by and to attempt to deter customers from shopping at Hobby Lobby.
4) July 2, 2014
* Protest outside of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, in Santa Barbara, California
* About 40 people were at this protest
* The purpose of the protesters was to show disagreement and disappointment with the SCOUTS decision.
5) July 2, 2014
* Protest took place at the Hobby Lobby in southside Springfield, Missouri
* “About 30 people” were at this protest
* Vicke Kepling, “a Springfield resident” organized this demonstration. She held a sign that said: “Who voted against birth control for women? All men.”
* “Many passing motorists honked in support of demonstrators lining Battlefield Road, but some also disapproved. One passing driver, a woman driving a pickup, shouted at the protesters, while a second young woman riding in the pickup bed held up a red Bible.”
* Some protest signs said: “I support birth control and I vote.”, “Vote With Your Dollar Boycott Hobby Lobby”, “Women Against Hobby Lobby”, “HL Hypocrites Buys Products from China – 13 Million Abortions per Year”.
* Purpose of the protest was to raise public awareness. It was also to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision. It was also to encourage people to boycott Hobby Lobby.
6) July 2, 2014
* Protest was held on the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City, Iowa
* A group of “nearly 20″ protesters attended
* Protest was organized by Kelly Gallagher, a University of Iowa film student, local activist and UI Ph.D. student Jeannette Gabriel, and local resident Annie Ventullo.
* Protesters held signs that said: “US out of my Uterus”, “Hobby Lobby Profits off abortion BUT WON’T PAY for birth control!!” and “75% of H.L. investments are the same drugs/devices they won’t cover” (among others)
* Location of protest was selected because there are a lot of businesses on the Pedestrian Mall.
* Purpose of protest was to show anger at the SCOTUS decision. It was also to to make it clear that “Iowa City is not in favor or businesses following suit of Hobby Lobby”. Activists hoped their voices could make a difference not just locally but also across the nation.
7) July 3, 2014
* Protest outside of a Hobby Lobby on Route 59 and 75 Street in Naperville, Illinois.
* Organized by retired minister Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher of the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church and the Reverend Mark Winters of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Naperville. The group distributed packets of condoms and contraception information to shoppers going into the Hobby Lobby store.
* Reverend Mark Winters had three reasons why he organized the protest: One, he hoped people who happened upon the demonstration would walk away with an understanding that Christians have a wide variety of opinions regarding birth control. Two, he hoped it would get people to question whether the court ruling was fair to the religious freedom of Hobby Lobby employees who have beliefs differing from their employer. The third reason was about questioning power. He stated: “Jesus had a lot of issue with powerful people using power over the powerless”.
8) July 3, 2014
* Protest outside a Hobby Lobby on Grape Road, Mishawaka, Indiana
* Protesters were IUSB (Indiana University South Bend) students (It was not organized by the college.)
* The purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision and to urge people not to shop at Hobby Lobby.
9) July 3, 2014
* Protest took place at a Hobby Lobby store in Kennewick, Washington
* About 10 protesters took part
* The purpose was to encourage passers-by not to shop at Hobby Lobby, and to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision.
10) July 4, 2014
* Protest outside of the new Hobby Lobby on Victory Boulevard in Burbank, California
* Between 20 and 30 protesters confronted shoppers walking into the new Hobby Lobby
* The purpose of the protesters was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision.
11) July 4, 2014
* Protest at a Hobby Lobby in West Toledo, Ohio
* About 40 protesters held up signs and waved at passing motorists
* The purpose of the protesters was to rally against the SCOTUS decision.
12) July 5, 2014
* Protest was outside the Hobby Lobby store located at 665 N. Ridge Road in Wichita, Kansas.
* Protesters stayed from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (when the store closed)
* One of the protesters, Charlie James, said the ultimate goal is to educate others on what she believes the Supreme Court ruling could turn into. She said, “It opens the door for religious prosecution in the name of religious freedom”.
13) July 5, 2014
* Protest took place outside a Hobby Lobby store in midtown Tulsa, Oklahoma
* More than 60 protesters were there
* Protesters believe that the Supreme Court is setting a dangerous precedent, which will affect what choices women can make about health care.
* Police observed the protest to make sure nothing got out of control
14) July 5, 2014
* Protest took place at the intersection of West Broadway and Frazier Ave. near the Hobby Lobby store at the South Towne mall in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters held up signs and and waved at drivers. After about a half-hour of doing so, they marched in the street, holding up oncoming traffic. They marched towards the Hobby Lobby store chanting: Hobby Lobby, you’re so naughty. Keep your business off my body.” Once they reached the store, they chanted: Hobby Lobby employee, you deserve equality.” The Raging Grannies took part in this protest.
* The purpose of the protest was to protest the SCOTUS ruling. The protesters also wanted the Hobby Lobby employees (Hobby Lobby is known or a large ratio of female employees) to know that they were demonstrating for them. Kathy Minor, who was with The Raging Grannies, said: Those of us of a certain age fought this 40 years ago so it’s important for us to partner with younger women to keep the gains we made.”
15) July 5, 2014
* Protest took place outside a Hobby Lobby store along Bald Hill Road in Warwick, Rhode Island, (the state’s only Hobby Lobby store)
* About 65 protesters chanted and held up signs. The protest was organized by Steve Ahlquist, president of the Humanists of Rhode Island. The Warwick Post reports that it was “about 70″ protesters.
* The Warwick Post (linked above) reports that the protesters lined the sidewalk in front of the Hobby Lobby on 945 Bald Hill Road from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and that they were joined by politicians and candidates including Warwick Rep. Frank Ferri (D-District 22), Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and gubernatorial candidates Angel Taveras and Clay Pell.
* The purpose of the protest was to urge passersby to boycott Hobby Lobby for its refusal to provide its employees with insurance coverage for certain types of birth control.
16) July 5, 2014
* Protest took place outside the Hobby Lobby store in South Jordan, Utah
* Protest was organized by Utah’s chapter of the National Organization of Women – about a dozen protesters took part.
* The protesters were booted from the parking lot of the Hobby Lobby store in South Jordan, Utah, by terse security guards. Throughout the morning protest, they were angrily denounced as “baby killers” from a few passerby. Thankfully, no one resorted to physical violence.
* The purpose of the protest was to show disagreement with the SCOTUS decision.
17) July 5, 2014
* Protest took place at the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Schillinger Road in Mobile, Alabama. The Hobby Lobby store is located at 7765 Airport Boulevard #401 in Mobile, Alabama.
* About 20 protestors arrived at 10:00 a.m. and stood in 90 degree heat. They held up signs that said “Inc. we trust”, and “the Bible is not a healthcare plan”.
* The group secured proper permits for the protest to be held at the location it was held at.
* At least one member of the Mobile Atheist community was present. The Mobile Bay Socialist Alternative released a statement and also participated in the protest.
* The purpose of the protest was to show disagreement with the SCOTUS decision. Protesters also wanted people to know that they fear that the ruling sets a precedent as well as endangers women’s healthcare. Protesters also wanted to spread the word that their issue with the ruling doesn’t just have to do with Christianity. (They referenced the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s dissent statement, when she pointed out that the ruling could extend to Jewish employers refusing to cover medications that contained traces of pork, Scientologist employers from covering mental health care, Jehovah’s Witness employers from covering blood transfusions, and Christian Scientist employers from covering any type of health care at all.)
18) July 5, 2014
* Protest took place at the Hobby Lobby store in East Haven, Connecticut
* Protest was organized by Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD)
* About a dozen supporters, an equal mix of men and women and spanning of all ages, stayed in front of the store for about an hour. Some held a banner that read: “We won’t go back, we will fight back!” They also yelled “Not the church! Not the state! Women must decide their fate!”
* The purpose of the protest was to emphasize the call of the protesters for the SCOTUS decision to be overturned. They also wanted to bring attention to how “toxic and dangerous” the decision is.
19) July 5, 2014
* Protest took place outside a Hobby Lobby store in Rancho, Cucamonga, California
* Protest was organized by Randy Vidaurri of Fontana, California
* A “handful” of protesters gathered in front of the Hobby Lobby and held signs.
* Purpose of the protest was to show disagreement with the SCOTUS decision. Some protesters saw the decision as having far-reaching repercussions (as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg noted in her dissent).
20) July 5, 2014
* Protest took place at the Hobby Lobby store at Jefferson City, Missouri
* Protest was organized by the Missouri Chapter of the National Organization for Women
* There was no organized support of Hobby Lobby, but there were “several people” who decided to heckle the protesters, including a man named Bob White (seriously – I’m not making that up). I’ll leave you to read the article if you would like to find out about his misinformed opinion.
* Purpose of protest was to raise awareness about the SCOTUS decision and to publicize the protester’s boycott of Hobby Lobby
21) July 7, 2014
* Protest took place at the newly opened Hobby Lobby in Burbank, California. It took place at the same time that the Hobby Lobby store was having a grand opening.
* This is the second protest that took place at the Hobby Lobby in Burbank, California.
* The Los Angeles Daily News article (linked above) notes that Lauren Steiner led the protest. She is a political activist. The article says “women’s groups and their male supporters” attended the protest. CBS Los Angeles notes that Planned Parenthood and the National Organization of Women took part in the protest.
* Protester Patty Koehnen, 61, of North Hollywood, California, carried a sign that read “Your boss’s superstition trumps your doctor’s prescription”. Other protesters held signs that read “Birth Control Empowers Women”.
* Los Angeles Daily News reports that about 50 people took part in this protest, and that “dozens” carried signs to demand that the U.S. government stop the war on women.
* Prior to the protest, supporters were asked to “dress up in an IUD or condom costume” in order to “celebrate the beautiful sexual autonomy which people (but especially women) posses (sic)”. Los Angeles Daily News reports that one protester brought a hanger and another was “dressed like a vagina”.
* The Burbank Leader reported that there were close to 100 protesters. They were handing out coupons and gift cards to competing craft stores. Some protesters had crafted IUDs out of colorful pipe cleaners.
* Purpose of the protest was to express anger over the SCOTUS decision about Hobby Lobby. Protester Patty Koehnen said “If we don’t stop and protest and fight for our rights which are being taken away, apathy will settle in.” Protesters also called on customers entering the store to turn around and shop elsewhere.
22) July 7, 2014
* Protest took place at the Hobby Lobby in Lawrence, Kansas
* Protest was organized by Kansas Young Democrats
* About 40 protesters attended
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision about Hobby Lobby. The Kansas Young Democrats hope to organize more young women to vote against candidates who support the Hobby Lobby decision in the November of 2014 election. They also want women to “vote with their pocketbooks” by choosing not to shop at Hobby Lobby and other corporations that do not support equality for women in health care coverage.
23) July 7, 2014
* A dozen protesters “sought to disrupt” the Monday morning opening of the Hobby Lobby store on Route 46 in Totowa, New Jersey. The protesters drowned out store officials as they made remarks and cut a ribbon outside the store with an oversized scissor.
* The protesters chanted “One, Two, Three, Four, lets go shop at A.C. Moore” and “Stay away until they pay.”
* The protesters “organized through social media” and came with signs. JoAnne MacBeth, of Clifton, New Jersey handed out fliers offering “7 Reasons NOT to shop at Hobby Lobby”. The flier included addresses for rival craft stores.
* It seems the location of this newly opened Hobby Lobby store was selected because it offered “easy access and visibility”. Protesters made use of that, flashing their signs at the hundreds of cars zooming by. Some drivers honked and waved in solidarity.
* Purpose of the protest was to encourage customers entering the store to shop somewhere else. It was also to show disapproval of the SCOTUS ruling.
24) July 7, 2014
* Protest took place at the Hobby Lobby in Albuquerque, New Mexico
* According to KUNM (linked above) “several dozen men and women” attended. According to KOB4, “about 100 people have set up protest lines outside the Hobby Lobby store in northeast Albuquerque.”
* The event was organized by Women Organized to Resist and Defend.
* The protesters waved signs at oncoming traffic. Some people shouted insults at the protesters as they drove by. Others honked in support. There were a few heated words exchanged from the crowds.
* This one had “a smaller group” of “residents” who came out after they heard about the protest on the news. The smaller group “waved American flags and signs of support for Hobby Lobby”.
* A pair of protesters who were against Hobby Lobby set up a picket near entrance of Hobby Lobby, prompting the manager to call the police.
* Albuquerque police said the protest had been peaceful with no arrests.
* The purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision. It was also to encourage people to boycott Hobby Lobby.
25) July 7, 2014
* Protest took place at a Hobby Lobby in Phoenix, Arizona.
* Protesters carried signs and waved at cars
* Protesters told 3TV that “some employees at Hobby Lobby are concerned about the ruling, but are also worried they’ll lose their jobs if they talk about it”.
* Purpose of the protest was to share frustration about the SCOTUS ruling.
* Protester Panayiota Bertzikis, who is with NOW (National Organization for Women), said “We want females to have basic health care rights and not have it taken away from them by their employers.”
26)July 8, 2014
* Protest took place on Boston’s City Hall plaza in Boston, Massachusetts
* “Hundreds” of protesters were present
* The crowd chanted “Two, four, six, eight. Women should decide their fate.”
* This protest was organized by: ACLU of Massachusetts, Hollaback! Boston, Massachusetts NOW, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Boston Doula Project, EMA Fund, Catholics for Choice, Out Now, Committee for Interns and Residents, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, MassEquality, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Moishe Kavod House, Jane Doe Inc., Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministries, and the Women’s Bar Association.
* State Attorney General Martha Coakley was among the political leaders who attended. She promised to push new local laws protecting abortion clinics
* This rally/protest was in response to both the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision and the SCOTUS decision to repeal the buffer zones that kept abortion protesters from getting too close to clinics.
27) July 9, 2014
* Protest took place at a Hobby Lobby store in Woodbury, Minnesota
* There are a total of five Hobby Lobby stores in Woodbury, Minnesota. (The one in Duluth was protested on July 1-4, and the one in Jefferson City was protested on July 5.)
* Protest was organized by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Organization for Women
* Protesters held signs that read “What a supreme mistake” and “Their religion shouldn’t trump mine”.
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision
* One of the protesters, Beth Johnson, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Organization for Women, said, “It’s blatant gender discrimination because if they’re providing vasectomy for male employees but they’re not covering all forms of birth control for women; it’s clearly a gender bias.”
28) July 10, 2014
* Protest took place in front of the federal building in downtown Tampa, Florida
* “Approximately two dozen activists” participated
* The protest included five men who were wearing black judicial robes and pig snouts. They carried a large protest sign that showed a photo of the five male Supreme Court Justices who voted for Hobby Lobby in the SCOTUS ruling. That photo had been altered to show those Justices wearing pig snouts. The Justices in the altered photo appear to be standing in front of a Hobby Lobby store. The text on that protest sign read “Anti-Women Pigs”. The same group of male protesters in black judicial robes (and pig snouts) also carried a large banner, which they were standing behind. The banner read: “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”.
* Protester Blannie Whelan, a family and emergency nurse practitioner, said “As a health care provider, I’m very offended that the Supreme Court believes that they can allow a company to decide what kind of medications that I can prescribe or that they can cover for my patients based on religious beliefs. That to me is forcing religion on their employees.”
* Purpose of the protest was to vent anger at the SCOTUS decision on the Hobby Lobby case.
29) July 10, 2014
* Protest took place on the sidewalk of Carl T. Jones Drive in front of the Hobby Lobby in Huntsville, Alabama
* People have been “camping outside” the Hobby Lobby since the Supreme Court ruling.
* The protest began at 11:30 a.m. The plan was to “go later than just the lunch hour” and to allow people to stay as long as they want.
* Protest was organized by a group called “Just Say No to Hobby Lobby”.
* Protester handed out free condoms to passersby to promote safe sex. At least one protest sign read “Just say no to Hobby Lobby”.
* There was also a counter protest. Some people held signs that said “DEFEND LIFE”. Those signs had the Knights of Columbus symbol prominently displayed at the top of the signs.
* The purpose of the Hobby Lobby protest was to inform the public about how the SCOTUS ruling will impact not only the employees at Hobby Lobby, but also people across the country.
30) July 11, 2014
* Protest took place outside the Hobby Lobby store in Elk Grove, California
* “About 20 people” participated in the protest
* Protest was organized by Araceli Wedderburn and Nazia Ali-Prasad
* Protesters held signs that read: “I’m the Boss of My Body”, “Stop the War on Women”, “Religion is not and excuse for sexism”, and “You are not a doctor. You are not a church. You sell stencils”.
* Purpose of the protest was explained by Araceli Wedderburn as “We’re not protesting Hobby Lobby. We’re not protesting the store or the jobs they’ve opened up in the city. We just want people to know about the issue and the ruling has been made, and that we’re not happy with the ruling.”
* This protest had a counter protest that was organized by Tea Party coordinator Barbara Sloan.
* “Roughly 50 Elk Grove Tea Party members and local members belonging to several churches” “flanked” the protesters.
* The counter protesters held signs that read: “I Love Hobby Lobby” and “Hobby Lobby Thank You”. Several of the Tea Party counter protesters waved American flags.
* Purpose of counter protest was, according to Barbara Sloan, to show support for Hobby Lobby.
* At some point, the protesters and the counter protesters were exchanging chants. The protester’s chant was “My Body, My Choice”. The counter protester’s chant was “Hobby Lobby”.
* Comments from the counter protesters included: “Then buy it [contraception]. Nobody’s stopping you. It’s 30 cents a day for birth control. That’s change from a latte” NOTE: That commenter didn’t feel the need to site his or her sources that verify the cost of birth control, and also didn’t specify which form of birth control he or she was talking about. Another counter protester said “Ladies, keep your legs closed.”
* Elk Grove police spokesperson Christopher Trim said before the protest that officers had contacted the protesters and would monitor the event. Private security was stationed by the front door of the store and in the parking lot.
31) July 12, 2014
* Protest took place on the sidewalk in front of the Hobby Lobby in Bangor, Maine
* Protest involved “about 50″ men and women
* Protest was organized by the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center
* Protesters held signs that read: “My body is not your hobby”, “Control the boardroom, not the bedroom”, and “Life liberty and reproductive freedom” (among others)
* Many of the people driving by honked their horns in support, and at least one dissenter swore at the group as they passed.
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision and to promote a boycott of Hobby Lobby
* Typically, reporters ask the store manager at the Hobby Lobby that a protest takes place at for a comment. None have given a comment, but some have referred the reporter to speak with their lawyers. This time, the Hobby Lobby store manager referred the reporter to Saxum, a “full-service, creative advertising, public relations, digital communications and marketing agency”.
32) July 12, 2014
* Protest took place outside the Hobby Lobby in Seekonk, Massachusetts
* Protest included people from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut
* “About two dozen” protesters attended. They held signs. One read: “WOMEN’S EQUALITY MATTERS – BOYCOTT HOBBY LOBBY” and others had the words HOBBY LOBBY with a giant X over them.
* “Most” passersby expressed support by honking their horns, but a few opposed them.
* Protest was organized by Steve Ahlquist, a spokesman for a group called the Secular Coalition of Massachusetts.
* Purpose of the protest was to express disapproval of the SCOTUS decision and to call for a boycott of Hobby Lobby.
33) July 12, 2014
* Protest took place at the Hobby Lobby in Urbandale, in Des Moines, Iowa
* “A group of about 15″ protesters attended (according to WHOTV 13). Des Moines Register says there were “about 20 people”
* Protest was organized by Tony Tyler, of Des Moines.
* Protesters held signs that said “Organize, Agitate, Educate – Susan B. Anthony” and “No woman can call herself free until she can CHOOSE consciously whether she will or will not be a mother – Margaret Sanger” (among others)
* Protesters handed out information sheets to customers as they walked into the store. The information sheets, or flyers, had “13 commonly held misconceptions regarding contraceptives and the ruling”. The Des Moines Register reports that one of the misconceptions pointed out that some of the contraceptives that Hobby Lobby opposes are abortion-causing drugs. In reality, none of the contraceptions covered by the Affordable Care Act are abortifacients. Protesters also handed out condoms.
* Protesters say Hobby Lobby should be required to cover all forms of birth control.
* Protester Marti Doyle said: “Employees earn their benefits. They pay for their benefits. They should as citizens be able to make their own health care decisions on how they want to use their health care dollars”.
* Purpose of protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision
34) July 12, 2014
* Protest took place outside the Hobby Lobby store on South Virginia Street in Reno, Nevada
* A “group” of protesters attended and held signs.
* “Local Hobby Lobby officials” allowed the group to protest in front of their store (as in, right up against the building – not in the parking lot or sidewalk in front of the store) and handed out water to the protesters.
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision
35) July 12, 2014
* Protest took place at the Hobby Lobby store on Madison Avenue, in Mankato, Minnesota
* “About a dozen protesters” attended – men and women
* Some of the protesters were with the National Organization for Women – South Central Minnesota chapter. They included Julie Larkin-Spies (a member of the NOW group) and NOW South Central Minnesota co-president Hannah Fisher. There were also protesters who were not with NOW but supported the cause.
* Purpose of protest was to show disapproval of SCOTUS decision, as well as concern that the ruling is a “slippery slope”. Protester Julie Larkin-Spies said “What we are going to see is businesses outside of Hobby Lobby are going to use this legal argument as a precedent.”
36) July 12, 2014
* Protest took place in front of the Hobby Lobby store in Clarence, New York
* Protest was organized by Ashley Markel
* Protesters held signs, one of which said “SCOTUS: “Your Boss is now your doctor” #JoinTheDessent”. One protester was using a megaphone.
* Purpose of the protest was to voice opposition to the SCOTUS ruling
37) July 12, 2014
* Protest took place at the new Hobby Lobby in Elmwood, Louisiana
* A “group of about 50 protesters” stood on Clearview Parkway “for hours”
* Protesters handed out leaflets that were in support of women to have access to health insurance that includes coverage for the types of birth control that Hobby Lobby is refusing to (continue to) cover.
* Some of the protest signs said: “The Bible is NOT a healthcare plan!!!”, “Honk if you have ovaries”, and “Boycott Hobby Lobby – They fund Abstinence-only “education” (among others)
* Protest was organized by Emma DiAnna (and co-organizers)
* Purpose of protest was “to show that individual women of Louisiana were upset about” the SCOTUS decision. The protesters also wanted to show lawmakers that “there are ramifications for doing this, that our rights should not be trumped by corporations and those who have sincerely held religious beliefs”.
38) July 12, 2014
* Protest took place in front of the Hobby Lobby in Shreveport, Louisiana
* Protest was organized by the Shreveport/Bossier Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
* Debbie Hollis of the National Organization for Woman told NBC 6 News “Women are not going to remain quiet while the United States government steps on our legal humanitarian right to health care.”
* Some of the protest signs read: “My Health Care is NOT Your Hobby”, “Women’s rights not Corporate Rights”, and “Healthcare not superstition”.
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision.
39) July 12, 2013
* Protest took place on the sidewalk in front of the Hobby Lobby on Kimberly Road in Bettendorf, Iowa.
* Ann Brown helped to organize this protest.
* Some of the signs the protesters held said: “Which aisle sells equality?”, “BOYCOTT HOBBY LOBBY”, “REVERSE THE HOBBY LOBBY DECISION”, “NO Corporate Uterine Intrusion”, “Invest in it? Provide it!”, (among others).
* Purpose of the protest, according to Ann Brown: “We’re hoping for people to see that there are lots of people in the community who feel strongly about this issue and are willing to stand up and have their voices heard”. It was also to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision and to encourage drivers not to shop at Hobby Lobby.
40) July 12, 2014
* Protest took place on the sidewalk outside the Hobby Lobby store in Williamsville, New York (a suburb of Buffalo, New York)
* Protest was initiated and organized by women from in and around Buffalo, New York who work for Planned Parenthood and or other health care services.
* Protesters “drew nonstop honks, thumbs up, and raised fists in solidarity with passing motorists”
* Protest signs included: “Condoms break – everyone deserves a Plan B”, “Together we are more powerful than all the right wing bigots”, “What Century Is It?”, “Defend Women’s Right to Birth Control”, “Thou shall not mess with ones reproductive rights – fallopians – 24:7″, “My Body, My Health, My Decision” (among others).
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS ruling and to encourage people to “carry the fight forward”.
41) July 12, 2014
* Protest took place directly in front of a Hobby Lobby in Totowa, New Jersey. (This is the second protest at that store).
* “Roughly 50 people” participated in the protest. The protest lasted two hours.
* Protest was organized by Rev. Kathleen Green, a minister with the Unitarian Society of Rigewood. She was joined by members of the National Organization for Women’s New Jersey chapter, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, and Planned Parenthood.
* Protesters held signs that said “Family Planning is a Family Value”, “Women’s values trump corporate dictates, “My religious freedom has been given to corporations”, and several of the round NOW signs (among other).
* Protesters chanted “Hobby Lobby, hear the news – religious views are for the pews”.
* Protesters handed out leaflets that listed “7 reasons NOT to shop at Hobby Lobby”. Some of those reasons included: Hobby Lobby’s grievance is not with birth control but is a political attack on the Affordable Care Act, Hobby Lobby used to cover all forms of FDA approved birth control (but that changed for their lawsuit), Hobby Lobby’s 401K invests in the companies that make the birth control that the corporation objects to covering.
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision and to support women’s choice.
42) July 14, 2014
* This is a different sort of protest than the previous ones. It was also a “news event”.
* It took place in the parking lot of a store that is being converted for a new Hobby Lobby retail outlet in Hartford, Connecticut.
* Senator Richard Blumenthal (Democrat – Connecticut) urged Hobby Lobby’s owners to “do the right thing”. He said: I call on them to do the right thing and respect Connecticut Law. Connecticut statues mandate full coverage of contraceptive care.”
* Senator Richard Blumenthal also sent a letter to Hobby Lobby CEO David Green on July 14, 2014. In it, he asks David Green to “adhere to Connecticut law and offer its employees in East Haven and Manchester full contraception coverage”.
* The full text of the letter is available as a PDF. Click the link on Senator Blumenthal’s website to download it.
* Some key points of the letter include:
I am writing to request that Hobby Lobby offer its Connecticut employees health insurance coverage with the full range of contraceptives approved by the FDA in compliance with our strong state law and policy of allowing individuals to choose the most appropriate health care services after consulting with their health care provider.
While the United States Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc… may provide your company with legal discretion to limit health insurance coverage for a range of contraceptives in certain circumstances, Connecticut employees have been afforded health insurance coverage for contraceptives so long as the FDA has approved them and their physician has decided they are effective and appropriate. Connecticut’s law mandates that all health insurance coverage through group or individual policies must provide “coverage for prescription contraceptive methods approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration”.
…Further, Connecticut was in the forefront of one of the original United States Supreme Court cases establishing an individual right to privacy and right to contraceptives. In Griswold v. Connecticut, the articulate and esteemed Connecticut attorney, Catherine Roraback, successfully argued that state law prohibiting the sale of contraceptives violated the constitutional rights of women.
…Complying with my request would be consistent with the legislative reform efforts in the wake of the United States Supreme Court decision. … Religious liberty is about individuals’ rights to practice their own religion, not the right of bosses to impose religious beliefs on employees.
Given our history of respect for individual rights and Connecticut’s strong and clear public policy protecting access to all legally approved contraceptives as well as pending Congressional legislation, I urge you to ensure that any health insurance offered by Hobby Lobby to Connecticut employees comply with our state mandate.
* Others attending the “news conference” included: Representatives of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, and state Health Care Advocate Victoria Veltri. All called on Hobby Lobby to obey Connecticut state law.
43) July 14, 2014
* Protest took place on the 1st Avenue North bridge in Great Falls, Montana
* Protest was organized by the Montana Reproductive Rights Coalition (along with the WYCA).
* “About a dozen people” attended the protest
* Some of the protest signs said: “REALLY!?! WHAT DECADE IS THIS?”, “Birth Control is a LifeSaver…paying 4 it is the SMARTY thing to do!” (that sign had Smarty lollipops attached to it), “Stop Discrimination! SUPPORT WALSH + TESTER’S BILL” (among others)
* The “Walsh and Tester’s Bill” the protesters were referring to was the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act. Senator Jon Tester (Democrat) is the Senior United States Senator from Montana. Senator John Walsh (Democrat) is the Junior United States Senator from Montana.
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision and to encourage people to support the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act.
44) July 19, 2014
* Protest took place on the sidewalk along S.W. Wanamaker Road, in front of the Hobby Lobby in Topeka, Kansas
* “About 15 women” and one man took part in the protest – which lasted “a couple of hours”
* The protest was intended to take place in front of the Hobby Lobby, but the shopping center is private property, so the protest moved to the sidewalk instead (which is public property).
* Stephanie Mott, President of the Capital Chapter of the National Organization for Women was among those who attended the protest. She said: We’re not going to stand silent in the face of oppression.
* Dan Brennen also attended the protest. He held a sign that “made reference to Hobby Lobby covering erectile dysfunction treatments but not ‘protection'”. He said: I wouldn’t like them choosing my health care needs, and I don’t think they should choose a woman’s either.”
* Protest signs included: “Imagine No Religion”, “Hypocrisy Lobby” (referring to the fact that Hobby Lobby sells goos that are made in China where birth control is compulsory), “Not My Boss’s Business”, a sign with the NOW logo on it, and more.
* Purpose of the protest was to raise awareness of women’s health issues, and to persuade shoppers not to support retailers who don’t cover all forms of birth control.
* Protester Mary Akerstrom said she hoped the protest would encourage other women to speak out. She said: I would hope that women in Kansas would stand up for themselves already. I swear they’re afraid of what the repercussions would be if they stand up for their own rights.”
45) July 19, 2014
* Protest took place under the Hobby Lobby sign on Casaloma Drive in Appleton, Wisconsin
* “a group of ladies” participated in the protest
* The group is called “The Religious Coalition of Reproductive Choice”
* Protest signs included: “Keep your Theology off my Biology”, “Birth Control Prevents Abortion”, “Not My Boss’s Business” and more.
* Purpose of the protest was to express disagreement with the SCOTUS decision
46) July 21, 2014
* Protest took place in Lykes Gaslight Park, in Tampa, Florida
* The news article I linked to is calling the protest a “rally”.
* Planned Parenthood appears to be the group that organized the protest/rally.
* Congresswoman Kathy Castor (Democrat – Florida – 14th Congressional District) attended.
* Some of the signs at the protest/rally were the circular ones that said “NOW National Organization for Women”. Others said “I’m the Boss of my Body”, and “Bosses do NOT own our bodies!” That one had the words “Hobby Lobby” on it with a giant X crossing out the name of the store.
* The protest/rally took place behind a table that had a bright pink Planned Parenthood banner draped over it.
* Congresswoman Kathy Castor explained some proposals that would make it illegal for any company to deny their workers of specific ACA benefits.
* Congresswoman Castor said: “What if a for-profit corporation determines: well I don’t believe in vaccinating children — that affects all of us. What if they determine: I don’t believe that a health insurance policy should cover HIV treatment. See the slippery slope we go down? So this is why it’s important now that under the law we clarify how important it is that the decisions are made by women, by their families, and their doctors – and not who’s in charge in the corporate boardroom.”
* Purpose of the protest/rally was to show disapproval at the SCOTUS decision. It was also to invite others who were upset with the SCOTUS decision to sign a petition.
47) July 21, 2014
* Protest took place in Penn Square in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
* Protest was organized by Planned Parenthood Keystone
* “About two dozen” people gathered
* Some protest signs said: “Thanks, Boss, but I have a Doctor for That”, “Women’s Health Matters”, “Don’t take away my birth control”, “I stand with Planned Parenthood”, “Birth Control Not Bans” (among others)
* “A few” drivers in passing vehicles honked their horns in support.
* CEO if YWCA Lancaster, Maureen Powers, spoke at the protest. One of the things she said was that the SCOTUS ruling on Conestoga Wood Specialities and Hobby Lobby “was not about religious beliefs”. She said: “This is about the systemic misuse of power and the desire to control intimate behavior and decisions of women.”
* The purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision
* This protest was focused on Conestoga Wood Specialties, which is located in Earl, Pennsylvania.
48) July 22, 2014
* Protest took place on the sidewalks of North 27th Street, outside the Yellowstone County District Court, in Billings, Montana
* The courthouse location was selected (instead of in front of the Hobby Lobby) because it was a better gathering spot.
* “roughly 40 people” participated in this protest.
* Protesters held signs that said: “My Body, My Healthcare, My Decision!”, “Think Outside My Box”, “#JoinTheDissent”, “Defend Women’s Rights”, “The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield”, “Women’s rights, not corporate rights”, and “I stand against Hobby Lobby for religious freedom!” (among others)
* The protest was organized by Jen Gross, of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana.
* Those who spoke at the protest include: CEO of Planned Parenthood of Montana, Martha Stahl. Jessica Karjala (who is a candidate for State House District 48) read a prepared statement from Senator John Walsh. Stacey Anderson read a prepared statement on behalf of Senator John Tester. Liz Welch, LGBT Advocacy Coordinator for ACLU also spoke.
* Amanda Frickle and Cari Kemp sang a song “My body belongs to my nation”, a parody of “My Bonnie lies over the ocean”.
* Purpose of the rally was to express frustration over the SCOTUS decision that extended religious freedom to corporations
49) July 23, 2014
* Protest was held on the sidewalk in front of a Hobby Lobby store in New Hartford, New York
* Protest was organized by Central New York Citizens in Action a non-profit organization that helps needy people.
* Protest signs included: “Birth Control: Not My Boss’s Business!”, “Corporations are NOT People!”, “Hobby Lobby – Hands Off Contraception”, “Keep Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries”, “I Support Not My Boss’ Business Act”, and a sign that had a drawing of Hobby Lobby with the words “Not A Church” over it and an arrow pointing from the words to the drawing, (among others.)
* Judging from the video on the news site linked above, there were about a dozen protesters
* This protest had “a small group of Hobby Lobby supporters” who were counter-protesting.
* The counter-protesters held signs that said “Individuals pay for their own life choices”, “We Support Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court”. Other counter-protesters stood next to very large American flags.
* The purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision and to show disapprove of Hobby Lobby’s corporate policies on employee healthcare and contraception.
50) July 25, 2014
* Protest was held on Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida
* “Dozens of women’s reproductive rights supports” participated in the protest.
* Protesters signs included: “Honk for Birth Control”, “ATTN: SCOTUS This is not Nigeria – Stop the War on Women”, “Hobby Lobby isn’t fun!”, “Birth Control Not Bans”, “Contraception is a health issue not a religious issue”, “Women’s Health Matters”, “Not My Boss’s Business”, “Hey Congress, We want our BIRTH CONTROL! Pass the “No My Boss’s Business bill!! #JoinTheDissent” and the circular NOW sign (among others).
* Protesters waved at cars and received honks of support
* Meredith Ockman, from the National Organization for Women, attended. Laura Goodhue of Planned Parenthood attended.
* Chants included “My body is not your hobby!” and “What do we want? Birth Control! When do we want it? Now!”
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision
51) July 28, 2014
* Protest took place in downtown Asheville, North Carolina
* Protest was organized by the Asheville National Organization for Women
* The protest/rally was called “Bitter Pill”
* Some protesters (both male and female) wore pill box hats that “represented a time when women could not leave the house without wearing a raincoat, covering their hair, pulling on stockings and donning high heels”.
* About 30 people attended the hour-long event
* Purpose of protest was to show disapproval for two SCOTUS decisions: The Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby decision, and the McCullen v Coakley decision (which removed the right to have a barrier around clinics that provide abortion to protect patients, workers, and doctors).
* The protesters also called for the Equal Rights Amendment to be passed into law.
52) July 29, 2014
* Protest took place directly in front of the Hobby Lobby in Laguna Niguel, California.
* “Between 70 and 100 people” took part in the two-hour protest that started at noon.
* Protesters held signs that read: “Michael’s accepts Hobby Lobby coupons!”, “Keep the Boardroom out of my Bedroom”, “Hobby Lobby = Hate!”, “Healthcare NOT Hobby care!”, “Corporations are not People”, “Hobby Lobby Treads on Women”, “Shame On You, Hobby Lobby!”, “Once again standing up for all reproductive rights”, and many red, stop sign shaped, signs that said “The Hobby Lobby Stop Madness!”(among others)
* Liz Kadison was one of the organizers of the protest. Alan Boinus was another organizer of the protest. Henry Vandermeir, the chairman of the Democratic Part of Orange County participated in the protest.
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapprove of the SCOTUS decision, and also to inform passersby how that decision affects the Hobby Lobby’s female employees.
53) August 1, 2014
* Protest took place on the sidewalk in front of the newly opened Hobby Lobby store in Gainsville, Florida
* The Hobby Lobby store “opened quietly” that day ahead of its official grand opening
* “A little more than 90 people” participated in the protest “including about a dozen children”
* Protesters held signs that said “My Uterus My Choice”, “My Body is Not Your Hobby”, “Corporations are Not People”, “Women’s rights not corporate rights”, “The Bible is not a healthcare plan”, “Keep your laws off my body”, and “Life begins when you stand up to Christian fascists” (among others).
* Protesters waved at cars that honked in support of the protest. The protest started at 5:30 p.m.
* Protester Alyson Samach led a chant: “When birth control is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”
* Protest was organized by local chapters of National Organization for Women and National Women’s Liberation
* Members of Occupy Gainsville and Move to Amend participated in the protest. “Several” protesters were campaigning for Marihelen Wheeler for Congress.
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of Hobby Lobby’s stance on women’s contraceptive health care. Katy Burnett, president of the Gainsville chapter of the National Organization for Women said the protester want shoppers to be aware of the situation, She said: …and that by shopping at this corporation, you’re giving them more than just your money, you’re agreeing with their stance.”
54) August 4, 2014
* Protest took place in front of the Hobby Lobby in Gainsville, Florida. It was the store’s official opening day – and 2nd protest at this location. The protest started at 9:00 in the morning.
* “About 15 protesters” attended and turned their backs on the opening ceremony.
* Gainsville NOW organized the protest. Their plan, to preempt the countdown to the official opening ceremony by turning their backs on it, was intended as a show of unity against Hobby Lobby.
* The Gainsville Area NOW has a Facebook photo album of the signs that the protesters held. A few of them said: “I bought this poster at Michael’s”, “Trust Women, not Corporations”, “Jesus Loves Me And My IUD”, “Trust Women Not Corporations”, “This is a corporation not a church”, “Oppressing Women is a Shitty Hobby”, “Think Outside My Box”, and “My Uterus is not on Your Payroll”. There was also a sign that was a drawing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg using both of her hands to hold up middle fingers.
* There were more than 15 protesters who held signs.
* The Gainsville NOW Facebook page notes that zero elected officials showed up to support Hobby Lobby’s official opening ceremony.
* The Gainsville.com article notes that “Deborah Bowie, a vice president with the Gainsville Area Chamber of Commerce, said that the Chamber was there to conduct the ribbon cutting to welcome the new business.” Others who attended the ceremony included “About 50 employees — including a handful of corporate and regional employees.”
* The purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision and Hobby Lobby’s decision not to cover all forms of FDA approved contraception. It was also to make a note of the names of elected officials who showed up in support of Hobby Lobby (but no elected officials attended).
55) August 4, 2014
* Protest took place in front of the office of Congressman Dan Webster in Winter Garden, Florida
* Protesters held signs that said: “‘You are not a doctor. You are not a church. You sell stencils’ – Lizz Winstead”, “Get A New Hobby”, “Reproductive Justice”, and “Birth Control – Not My Boss’s Business” (which are from NARAL Pro-Choice America).
* Anna Eskamani, with Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, was among the protesters.
* Purpose of the protest is to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision and to call on Congressman Dan Webster to sign the “No My Boss’s Business” bill (which would extend birth control coverage to all women).
56) August 11, 2014
* Protest was held outside a Hobby Lobby store in Queensbury, New York
* Protesters held signs that said “This isn’t a health care plan (with arrows that pointed at a Bible)”, “Hobby Lobby: Mind Your Own Business”, “Keep Your Theology Off My Biology”, “Separation of Church and Work”, “If you can cut off my reproductive choices can I cut of yours?” (among others)
* There were about four protesters
* Purpose of the protest was to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision. It was also to raise awareness of the SCOTUS ruling.
57) August 20, 2014
* Protest was held in a parking lot of a Hobby Lobby near the intersection of State Road 84 and University Drive in Davie, Florida. That is the first Hobby Lobby store to open in a South Florida location.
* Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat who represents Florida’s 23rd District, attended and spoke at the protest. She is also the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She was joined by a representative of Planned Parenthood of South Florida, a Florida International University medical student, and a woman who requires prescription birth control for medical issues not involving contraception.
* Behind the speakers, there were supporters who held signs. Some of the protest signs said: “You are not a doctor. You are not a church. You sell stencils.”, “Stay out of MY BUSINESS and #Get a new hobby”, “Stay out of my Healthcare” (among others).
* A photo of the protest shows about 25 people who were either there to speak or who were standing in support and holding protest signs.
* Purpose of the protest was to urge people not to shop at the Hobby Lobby store. It was also to show disapproval of the SCOTUS decision and to hold Hobby Lobby accountable for their choices.
* Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that it is “particularly important to hold Hobby Lobby accountable, stand in front of their business, make things uncomfortable for them because that is what they have done to their employees. I want to make sure that people understand that there’s a business here that doesn’t support its employees, that wants to be able to get in the personal business of their employees and make health care decisions and replace their own values, replace their employees’ health care decisions, with their values…”
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