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"Reclaim the Court" Protest Calls for Kavanugh's Impeachment

BY: FAREHA ABID

Hundreds of protestors rushed to barricade the street leading to the United States Supreme Court, exactly one year after Brett Kavanaugh received enough votes to be confirmed to the Supreme Court on Oct. 6. 

"The newest revelations are disturbing,'' wrote Senator Elizabeth Warren on Twitter, "Like the man who appointed him, he should be held accountable."

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Reclaim the Court was the name of the protest. Several organizations like NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, and Mainers' for Accountable Leadership gave speeches and presented their viewpoints.

A large number of students from George Mason University were also at the protest.  A student representative from the university spoke out on the university's hypocrisy for reportedly accepting more than $250 million from the Federalist Society, an organization that openly supports the likes of Brett Kavanaugh, perpetuating gender-discriminatory discourse. 

"I'm sick of living in a country run by abusers. I'm sick of living in a country where laws about our bodies, our lives, and our futures are written by those abusers." said Sage Carson from Know Your IX, an advocacy group against gender-based violence in schools.

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"Unfit to Sit", tweeted Women's March, which became a popular slogan at the march. Some other signs included ‘It's still Kava-nope', and ‘Women are still watching' along with hashtags like #ImpeachKavanaugh. The protestors also stood across what they believed to be Mitch McConnel's house, chanting "supremely corrupted''. 

 Congresswomen Ayyana Pressley, a member of the ‘squad', said to the crowd, "Kavanaugh may have that seat [for now], but what we are fighting for is so much bigger than one insecure man blinded by his privilege." 

In mid-September amongst growing calls for his impeachment, she moved forward by filing for an impeachment resolution in the House Judiciary Committee to kick off the investigation, the first step of many. 

"I believe Christine Blasey Ford. I believe Deborah Ramirez," Pressley said. Her action followed a recent article by The New York Times which detailed a new sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh declined to comment on it, after previously denying allegations by both Dr.Ford and Ramirez.

There is a growing fear amongst the public as the Supreme Court is set to hear first of the many cases against abortion, a case virtually similar to Roe v. Wade, called June Medical Services v. Gee, involving Louisiana's restriction on abortion and the closure of many abortion clinics within the state. Experts claim decisions lie in the make-up of the Court's bench and that is why Justice Kavanaugh's role is important. Months after he was appointed, he expressed that vying for harsher restrictions on abortions was important to him. 

NARAL National Campaigns Director Ilana Solomon said to the crowd, "We have known since Day one that Kavanaugh would work to gut Roe v. Wade, criminalize abortion, and punish women...now we have watched him tell lie after lie...we demand a full investigation into Kavanaugh!" 

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