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Misogynist VP Pence Says he Wants to See a Woman on the Moon
by Protest Reporting
Monday Nov 18th, 2019 7:32 PM
U.S. Vice-President Pence gave a speech at NASA Ames Research facility in Mountain View, California on November 14 to a hand picked group of NASA employees. Protesters outside had a lot to say in response.
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[Top photo by Marie-Rose Ramboz, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer]

When protesters gathered at 9:30am to demonstrate near the gates of Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, Secret Service and police told them that they would be breeching federal property if they crossed a red line marked "U.S. Government." But cross the line they did, some of the protesters even briefly entering through gates just north of the main entrance. For close to two hours, demonstrators stood and lay down in the street near the NASA logo at the entrance to the airfield.

The NASA Ames Research Center is a major NASA research facility at Moffett Federal Airfield. Part of Pence's agenda in visiting California was to speak to a selected group of NASA employees and stress the importance of a 2024 moon landing. He boasted that one of the astronauts will be a woman.

A member of Refuse Fascism commented on Pence's previously announced speech topic saying, "We think this is a travesty. This administration hates science, they hate women, and they hate the liberation of women.They are trying to provide a thin cover while impeachment is proceeding in D.C. ... While they are actually destroying what NASA is supposed to be about, which is understanding the world."

Nearby, one of the protesters carried a sign that read, "How Can We Put a Woman on the Moon if Our VP Can't Be Alone with one in a Room?" The demonstration was organized, after all, with the intention of calling out the vice-president for his misogynistic views. Demonstrators also criticized Pence for his homophobia and close ties with the National Rifle Association.

Vigil for Democracy and Resist SF led the protest along with Refuse Fascism--Bay Area.
§Pence Speaks at NASA Ames
by Protest Reporting Monday Nov 18th, 2019 7:32 PM
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Photo by Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
§Vertical Motion Flight Simulator
by Protest Reporting Monday Nov 18th, 2019 7:32 PM
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NASA's vertical motion flight simulator sign at upper right. Pence said that this equipment will be key in sending US astronauts, including a woman, to the moon in 2024. Employees invited to hear the VP speak were carefully screened.
Photo by Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
§Protesters Crossed this Line
by Protest Reporting Monday Nov 18th, 2019 7:32 PM
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Photo by Lis Cox, Talking Story Video. Please credit the photographer.
§Protesting Pence Outside the Speech
by Protest Reporting Monday Nov 18th, 2019 7:32 PM
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VP Pence is Anti Reproductive Rights and Anti-Woman. Raging Grannies and other friends in black march together in this photo. "We won't go back to hangers" was one of their signs.
Photo courtesy Eve Moran
§Die-In in Front of Speech Location
by Protest Reporting Monday Nov 18th, 2019 7:32 PM
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Protesters outside of the venue where Pence spoke found a graphic way to represent women who have died from illegal abortions. Photo by Lis Cox, Talking Story Video. Please credit the photographer.
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