One hundred ninely+ locations in all fifty states hosted events protesting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Sunday.
Led by Move On, NARAL, and the People’s Defense Coalition, more than 70 activist organizations endorsed the rallies and marches.
The event in San Diego was held at Waterfront Park on the west side of the County Administration Building. Roughly 300 people attended, cheering on speakers and marching thru downtown afterward.
Although California’s U.S. Senators are likely to vote against the nomination, rallies throughout the state sought to amplify the message being sent to elected officials, namely that Kavanaugh’s conformation would cement into place the worst and most dangerous of Donald Trump’s policies for generations to come.
Sunday also happened to be the 98th Anniversary of the the 1920 signing of the Nineteenth Amendment, which officially granted women the right to vote. Congress declared August 26 Women’s Equality Day in 1973, with a resolution introduced by Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY).
A snip from coverage at Vox:
This isn’t an ordinary year. Reproductive rights advocates fear that, if confirmed, Kavanaugh could be the deciding vote in overturning Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed women the right to an abortion (though that right, like voting rights, looks different in practice). If the decision is overturned, reproductive freedom for millions of Americans could be under threat. And since the ability to decide when and whether to have children is intimately linked with the ability to work, study, and participate fully in society, advocates say women and all people who can get pregnant would be at risk of becoming second-class citizens.
That’s why women’s rights and other progressive groups across the country, including the Women’s March, Color of Change, and the National LGBTQ Task Force, are organizing events on Sunday to protest Kavanaugh’s nomination and get out the vote for the upcoming midterm elections. The events will range from a barbecue in Birmingham, Alabama, to a “Texas-size postcard party” at the Texas State Capitol, where attendees will write postcards to Texas women urging them to vote in November. In Anchorage, Alaska, protesters will write letters to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who is seen as a possible “no” vote on Kavanaugh due to her pro-abortion rights views. Then some of those in attendance will board a plane to deliver the letters to Murkowski in person.
A snip from the Union-Tribune story:
Senate Republicans are pushing to move ahead with confirmation hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination beginning Sept. 4. But opponents contend that is too soon to examine more than 1 million pages of documents related to Kavanaugh’s work in White House during the George W. Bush administration.
Unite for Justice and other groups organized the rally over concerns on Kavanaugh’s stance on abortion rights, health care, voting rights, LGBTQ rights and environmental protections, among others. The called for supporters to urge their senators to oppose the nomination.
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