With judge Brett Kavanaugh officially ascending to the Supreme Court on Saturday afternoon, New Yorkers gathered in Union Square to denounce the new Associate Justice, who replaces retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Chants of "We believe survivors!", "Throw them out!" and "Come November, we remember" rang through the crowds.
One sign read, "I want justice and accountability but I also want revenge."
— Cival War Musketeer (@StopMotionsolo) October 6, 2018
Today in Union Square Park NYC, and one of many protests across the US. Don’t despair — vote on Nov 6. pic.twitter.com/qR81IE7dnr
— DJ Pallotta (@donnaPallotta) October 6, 2018
I got into a weird fight with a man at the #Kavanaugh protest in union square who was yelling at women to be angrier & that we should protest better. Even the “good guys” think they are better than us.
— Leah Nanako Winkler (@leahnanako) October 6, 2018
Kavanaugh's confirmation came after multiple women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault during high school and college; allegations that he perjured himself during his Senate testimony; a severely limited FBI investigation that Democrats decried as a sham; and Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine spending nearly 45 minutes explaining why she would cast the deciding vote to confirm the embattled judge. His confirmation locks in a conservative majority in the Supreme Court, and Kavanaugh's judicial track record has raised fears about the future of reproductive rights, environmental regulations, workers' rights, and whether a president can be subpoenaed.
The protesters made their way to midtown Manhattan and Times Square. The NYPD did not immediately have any information about whether anyone was arrested. At the protests in Washington D.C., at least 150 people were arrested as demonstrators swarmed the Supreme Court and U.S. Capitol Building.
A theme of both protests was the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, now a little over one month away.
Sen. Mazie Hirono on Brett Kavanaugh: "The confirmation battle may be over but the court-packing is definitely not over."
"I'm focused like a laser beam on the elections," she adds https://t.co/Xmu37Ropc9 #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/Cs3pOPLpOe
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 7, 2018
There is another protest today, October 7, outside The Tank, a non-profit theater on 36th Street near 8th Avenue in Manhattan. As we wrote yesterday, "The demonstration will feature a 'peaceful performance' involving Kesha's 'Praying,' which participants are invited to show up early to learn, ahead of the 4:45 p.m. demonstration. Those attending are encouraged to wear blue, in solidarity with both Christine Blasey Ford and Anita Hall. There's also an option to participate in the protest virtually via Facebook live."