Yesterday, Protesters Gathered Outside Mitch McConnell's Home

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William James

The group of protesters tweeted, “In November when we vote you out, maybe you’ll wake up, too.”

According to The Hill, protesters and activists with the progressive Sunrise Movement gathered outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R- KY) Kentucky home on Friday to demonstrate on a number of issues to commemorate Juneteenth.

  • Protesters were seen making noise and holding signs reading “No justice, no sleep” in front of McConnell’s house. Many were activists with the Sunrise Movement, an “environmental group that advocates for a slate of left-leaning issues,” reported The Hill.
  • The Sunrise Movement posted on Twitter, saying “No justice, no sleep Mitch. You let our economy tumble into free-fall, our people be gunned down in the streets by killer cops & our planet be ravaged by your oil CEO friends.”

  • Another banner read “Breonna couldn't sleep. Neither should Mitch,” referring to the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black EMT who was killed in her own house “during the execution of a no-knock warrant in Louisville,” the report stated.
  • The demonstration was held on Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the announcement of the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the US. It also “comes amid the backdrop of a national conversation about police brutality against Black Americans after the police killings of Taylor, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks,” among many others.

“Not only are we wide awake to the problems that we face,” said Maxwell Farrar of the Sunrise Movement, “but we’re also wide awake to the solutions that we need. We’re not here to just complain on the internet. We’re here to get the solutions we need. We know, from the hood to the holler, Kentuckians know we need change right now.”

  • McConnell had filed a resolution calling Taylor’s death and “apparent instance of unjust police violence.” The majority leader is also currently working to pass a Senate GOP bill that includes a list of police reforms, according to The Hill, “including mandating departments report their use of no-knock warrants.”

"We will require new transparency and new reporting from state and local authorities so that surrounding communities and the federal government can all better understand how, when and why this practice is used," McConnell said Wednesday during a press conference.

  • McConnell continues to be a target for Democratic lawmakers and activists over his “refusal to consider a slate of House measures including legislation that addresses issues such as gun control, health care and voting rights,” The Hill reported. “Democrats claim that instead, he is prioritizing confirming President Trump’s judicial appointments.”

The Kentucky senator will most likely face either Amy McGrath or state Rep. Charles Booker (D) in his reelection bid this November, “though he will be favored to win reelection against either contender,” The Hill concluded.

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