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ELIZABETH, New Jersey -- A campaign is underway to restore a vandalized mural that honors a transgender activist.

The mural of Marsha P. Johnson was created in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, but someone painted over it in what activists call an act of hate.

Malcom Rolling painted the mural, and members of an LGBTQ+ youth group that organized the first Pride march in Elizabeth last year made the murals the focal point.



The group is called The People's Committee of Elizabeth (TPCOE). Sister station WABC-TV in New York talked to one founding member, Priscilla Goana, who is in Hawaii right now.

"This is just a huge, huge slap in the face," Goana said.

She says plans and fundraising are in the works to repaint the mural because it's clearly needed.

"It's targeted - it's hatred and we don't want that here," said TPCOE activist Katherine Justiniano.

"This is a clear sign of transphobia, homophobia and racism," TPCOE co-founder Natalie Hernandez said.



Johnson was 46 when she died in 1992 and was decades ahead of her time. The self-identified drag queen was a pioneering gay rights activist and a key figure in the Stonewall Uprising in 1969.

TPCOE is raising money on Instagram, Venmo and GoFundMe.

About $1,500 is needed just for the paint to reimagine what was once there, plus what the artist plans to add.

"I have something to say," Rolling said. "Like I said, I'm a little furious, and I have something to say. And I want to be able to add to the mural to make it more robust."

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Sen. Ron Johnson Claims Jan. 6 Was Not an Armed Insurrection Because People Stayed Within the Roped Lines

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) reiterated his belief Sunday that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a “non-violent” gathering.

Fox News’ Mark Levin asked the senator about prosecutors’ efforts to track down those who were at the Capitol on Jan. 6, including by using geolocation data from cellphones. Asked if he was concerned the Justice Department was not being transparent, Johnson said he is trying to create “public pressure.”

Johnson noted that he “didn’t get squat” from FBI Director Christopher Wray when he was subpoenaed “and that was when Trump was in office.”

He referenced an eyewitness account, saying the vast majority were “in a jovial mood,” and while “they were serious, they weren’t violent.”

“I think it’s extremely important to create an accurate historical record of exactly what happened so the false narrative that thousands of armed insurrectionists doesn’t last,” Johnson continued. “That’s why I have my staff going and reviewing the relevant parts of the 14 hours worth of surveillance and we’re finding out some interesting things.”

Levin asked what the footage revealed, and Johnson replied that they counted “about 309 people” entering a door next to police without any confrontation.

He later concluded: “They weren’t rioting. It doesn’t look like an armed insurrection when you have people that breach the Capitol, and I don’t condone it, but they’re staying within the roped lines in the Rotunda. That’s not what armed insurrection would look like.”

Levin chimed in, “And I believe an armed insurrection requires arms.”

Three people were charged with federal firearms violations in connection to the insurrection, and court documents show numerous other “deadly or dangerous” weapons were brought into the Capitol. According to CBS News, those included “Tasers, tomahawk axes, crowbars, flagpoles, a knife, an ice axe, a firecracker, a stun gun, baseball bats, fire extinguishers, a wooden club and chemical spray.”

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