More than 1,000 demonstrators took to the steps of the Hall of Justice in San Diego this weekend to protest the confirmation of embattled Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The protest began at 2 p.m. Sunday, and similar protests took place in La Jolla and in downtown Los Angeles.
In San Diego, demonstrator Claire Douglas told the Union-Tribune that the bitter nomination fight and his subsequent confirmation left many people feeling disenfranchised and concerned about future decisions by the Supreme Court with its conservative majority.
Douglas said demonstrations such as these were a way to give people a voice to rally around the rights of women, people of color and immigrants.
“Regardless of who is sitting in the White House, regardless of who’s on the Supreme Court, what actually moves things forward and what actually puts pressure on people at the top are the social movement from below that are actually applying that pressure,” Douglas told the newspaper.
Some of the demonstrators eventually began marching on the streets blocking traff on Broadway and North Harbor Drive as they marched. Many waved signs with slogans like, “Grab ’em by the midterms,” and “Kavanope.”
In La Jolla, protester Adrian Wilson told Fox 5 News, “We are not happy and we are going to do something about it.”
“I’m physically sick by being let down by our country,” Jessie Levey said.
“I think for many who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault. It’s hurtful,” Heather Harrington said. “I have two daughters and feel (this) for myself, but I feel mostly for them.”
In Los Angeles protesters gathered outside Los Angeles City Hall. Most of those present came from the #MeToo movement and various leftist groups, CBS2 reported.
When the station’s reporter asked demonstrator Madeline Merritt if it might not be too late for protests, she said, “It’s not about being too late when what we have all experienced as survivors is a process that felt very much like an assault.”
Kavanaugh was confirmed in a 50-48 vote in the U.S. Senate.
— City News Service