March against Supreme Court pick - NationNews Barbados

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

The Senate Judiciary Committee has set next Thursday to vote on whether to recommend judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

"Women showed up in force on day 1 of Trump's presidency for the first Women's March, and now we're mobilizing to finish what we started", Rachel O'Leary Carmona, the executive director of Women's March said in a statement.

"His presidency began with women marching and now it's going to end with woman voting".

James Carson of White Bear Lake, a rally participant, called Barrett "one of the brightest legal minds of the 21st century ... at least as qualified as Ruth Bader Ginsburg", the late justice whose seat Barrett would fill.

"We Dissent", said a cardboard sign carried by a young woman wearing a red mask with small portraits of the liberal Supreme Court justice whose September 18 death sparked the rush by Republicans to replace her with a conservative.

Biden said he would announce his position before the election, saying it depends on how Republicans, who control the Senate, handle the confirmation process for Trump's nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, who they plan to vote on before the end of the month.

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 protests, including in Washington, were the latest in a series of rallies that began with massive women's marches the day after Mr Trump's January 2017 inauguration.

Barrett, during her confirmation hearing this week, repeatedly said she had "no agenda" to roll back abortion rights and both she and Trump have said they did not discuss the issue.

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

In D.C., Sonja Spoo, a reproductive rights activist, said, "Donald Trump is leaving office and there is no choice for him - it is our choice - and we are voting him out come November 3".

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. We are really big RBG fans.

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