Kavanaugh Protesters Take Their Case To The Streets

Brett Blume
October 02, 2018 - 2:38 pm

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - The national debate concerning the United States Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh spilled out onto the streets of Clayton Tuesday.

That's where several dozen protesters gathered outside the regional office of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, urging him to change his presumed "yes" vote on Kavanaugh's SCOTUS nomination to "no."

Among those to speak was St. Louis alderwoman and sexual assault survivor Megan E. Green.

"(Kavanaugh's) nomination in and of itself, and his confirmation, tells us that our stories don't matter," she said. "It sends a signal to victims of violence all across this country that even if we report (it), nothing is going to change."

Also taking part in the noon-time demonstration was Missouri state Rep. Stacey Newman.

"We ask Senator Roy Blunt to please vote 'no.' We're being polite," Newman said. "But I assure you that if you vote 'yes' on Brett Kavanaugh, there will be a blue tsunami (at the polls) in November."

Missouri Senator Jamilah Nasheed ramped up the crowd by outlining what she fears will happen upon Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"We all know that if he is able to take on that seat, the voter rights act will be repealed and turned back," Nasheed insisted. "Roe versus Wade will be turned back. Affirmative actions will be turned back. So we have a fight ahead of us, and we will not back down."

Event co-organizer Cori Bush said the ultimate goal is to block the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but she added that if he is indeed voted in, there should be a nationwide "day of protest" the following day.

"We are asking people to take off work with the 'Kavanaugh flu,'" Bush said. "We want everybody across the country to take off the next day because people may not understand you until it hits them in their pockets. Women ... no house work. No taking care of the kids and no carpooling, and we're asking our male colleagues to support that."

She said at the very least, those upset about Kavanaugh's confirmation should wear red and refuse to buy anything the day after the vote.