Today about 100 activists including Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Gillibrand (D-NY) gathered in front of the Supreme Court to condemn Donald Trump’s second justice pick, Brett Kavanaugh.
“We must fight and the first fight is to postpone this nomination hearing,” Senator Blumenthal told the crowd.
Lilly Ledbetter – the plaintiff in the employment discrimination case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. – also spoke out. “A vote for Judge Kavanaugh is a vote against equal pay. A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote against #MeToo and #TimesUp.,” she said. “A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote against every working man and woman in our country.”
“We need our senators to stand up and vote “no” against this judge, because he is going to harm this country, and he is going to harm women,” explained Senator Gillibrand to the crowd.
“I think women’s rights, gay rights, oversight, accountability, and ending the culture of corruption will be a lot harder,” she told News2Share when asked what is at stake if Kavanaugh is confirmed.
“Working women are rising up and speaking out against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Time and again, Kavanaugh has ruled against working people, especially those pursuing employment discrimination claims and trying to join together in a union,” it said on the protest’s event description. “So much is on the line with Kavanaugh’s nomination, including our ability to hold our harassers accountable, to achieve equal pay, to fight pregnancy discrimination, and to organize for our rights at work. We can’t let Kavanaugh have a lifetime seat on the highest court.”
Filmed by Ford Fischer
Tyler Yzaguirre contributed to this report