Wednesday, 28 October, 2020

Thousands of women protest Barrett nomination

Protesters rally in Washington D.C. during the latest Women's March demonstrations that began just after President Trump's inauguration Biden hedges on support for 'court-packing' proposal
Deanna Wagner | 18 October, 2020, 10:05

Hundreds of women took to the streets of Manhattan on Saturday as part of several coordinated events to denounce President Donald Trump ahead of the presidential election. They said tens of thousands showed up at what turned out to be 438 #CountonUs marches across all 50 states.

The controversial election-year nomination is expected to be a central focus during this year's events, motivating rallies and marches throughout the day.

This year's goal was to ensure that the 1.25 million women on the organization's list vote and bring three friends.

Rachel O'Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women's March, opened the event by asking people to keep their distance from one another, saying that the only superspreader event would be the recent one at the White House.

They urged people anxious about in-person participation to join in a "socially distant text-banking telethon" aimed at sending five million messages encouraging people to vote.

The Senate will start debates on Judge Barrett's confirmation on Friday, October 23rd, one day after the committee's vote.

Sullivan said she and her husband, an IT expert, were looking at options for moving overseas if Trump was reelected.

The talk show host claimed the Senate's approval of Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court justice would mean seven Roman Catholics sitting on the panel of nine and asked if Americans would be OK with seven Jews, Muslims or Buddhists on the court.

Jade Tisdol from Boston takes part in the Women's March in Washington D.C. on Saturday. Carol Guzy for NPR
Jade Tisdol from Boston takes part in the Women's March in Washington D.C. on Saturday. Carol Guzy for NPR

The protesters marched through downtown Washington to the Supreme Court steps.

Protesters - including some dressed as characters from popular television series The Handmaid's Tale, based on a book by Margaret Atwood - marched towards the US Supreme Court.

Signs and banners underscored the broader anti-Trump message: "Trump/Pence: Out Now", read one, while others simply said, "Dump Trump". It was one of five separate marches in the city.

"We Dissent", said a cardboard sign carried by a young woman wearing a red mask with small portraits of Justice Ginsburg.

Next month's presidential contest was also the focus of a separate NY protest Saturday in which hundreds of demonstrators protested the killings of Black people by police officers.

Among those protesting was Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker killed by officers in March during a raid at her home in Louisville, Kentucky.

"People need to get out and vote", Palmer told those at the event. "And this is the biggest thing that I know that I could do to help make change".

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