Organizers Exhort Women to Vote for Change at US Rallies

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

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.

The latest of rallies that began with a massive women's march the day after Trump's January 2017 inauguration was playing out during the coronavirus pandemic, and demonstrators were asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

Demonstrators at the Women's March said they were angry that Republicans appear ready to confirm Barrett's nomination so close to Election Day after refusing to move forward Merrick Garland, the pick of former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, more than six months ahead of the 2016 election.

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Protesters also urged voters to oppose Mr Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the November 3 elections.

At the same time, the organization Voz das Mulheres Independentes promoted a concentration of support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett in front of the Supreme Court headquarters.

People march during the Women's March in downtown Chicago, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

Carson said he believes Barrett would stick to the Supreme Court's job of "following the rule of law [and] interpreting the Constitution the way it's written".

Signs and banners underscored the broader anti-Trump message: "Trump/Pence: Out Now", read one, while others simply said, "Dump Trump".

In New York, around 300 people gathered at Manhattan's Washington Square, many with pink hats and signs supporting Trump's Democratic opponent Joe Biden or honoring Ginsburg. 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.

"I'm out here because it's so important that people vote and I'm telling people to vote blue for Biden and (running mate Kamala) Harris because Trump has been a disaster for our country", said Wendy Sacks, a 67-year-old vintage jewelry seller.

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.

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Ginsburg died last month of complications from pancreatic cancer. "And this is the biggest thing that I know that I could do to help make change".

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