Why A Kavanaugh Protester Risked Arrest & Put Her Body On The Line, In Her Own Words


Along with fears about the future of the country, Shaunna Thomas protested Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing for young girls like her daughter — and was ultimately detained by U.S. Capitol Police for four hours.

“I believe it’s possible to be successful, but only if we are willing to put our own bodies on the line, and that’s what I had to do yesterday — not just for myself, not just for UltraViolet members, but frankly for my daughter,” Thomas, executive director and co-founder of the women’s advocacy group UltraViolet, tells Bustle of protesters’ efforts to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ protesters target Kavanaugh

(ABC News)

Shaunna Thomas, 37, was arrested for disorderly conduct around 30 minutes into the hearing, she said. “Senators, on behalf of millions of women whose rights would be stripped by a Kavanaugh court, I demand you reject this nomination,” she stood up and shouted over the committee chairman, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Thomas is the co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet, a left-leaning organization that works to fight sexism. Her main concern, she said, is that Roe vs. Wade is at stake. She missed her three-year-old daughter’s first day of school to be in the hearing.

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‘Vote no’: Left takes to TV and sky to reach Murkowski

(Alaska Public Media)

“The banner will say ‘Murkowski don’t back down. Protect our care,’” Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer for the group UltraViolet, said. She said her group will have similar banners flying in Arizona and Maine, aimed at Senators John McCain and Susan Collins. They and Murkowski were the only Republican senators to vote against health care repeal in July.

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Left on ‘full war footing’ to stop Obamacare repeal


Ahead of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plans to vote next week on a new bill to dismantle the health law, the Democratic grassroots is on what one leading activist called “full war footing.”

The liberal group UltraViolet Action will launch an aerial banner campaign on Thursday targeting Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), who brought down the most recent GOP repeal plan.

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3K Sexual Assault Survivors Tell GOP ‘Stop Enabling Trump’ in Full-Page Washington Post Ad

(The Wrap)

We write as survivors of sexual assault to express our disgust at the Republican nominee for President’s vile treatment of women,” ad says

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Progressives try to tie Google to Trump with new Chrome extension

(The Hill)

UltraViolet Action released the browser extension Wednesday that modifies Google’s name in articles and other pages online with various playful phrases tying it to Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

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Amazon customers tell Jeff Bezos to ‘dump Trump’

(CNN Money)

More than 13,000 Amazon customers have signed a petition calling for the company to cut ties with Donald Trump.

The petition was created by UltraViolet, a women’s rights group, and addressed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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Progressive group uses Trump as weapon against GOP senators

(Washington Examiner)

UltraViolet Action, a progressive women’s organization, has released a series of new ads that do exactly what leaders in the Republican party have long feared: turn Donald Trump into a weapon against the GOP.

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90s Scandals Threaten to Erode Hillary Clinton’s Strength With Women

(New York Times)

“It strains credulity for me to feel like Donald Trump is deeply concerned about the nefarious and terrible effects of slut shaming,” said Nita Chaudhary, a founder of UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy group. But, she added, the way Mr. Clinton’s accusers were treated “was a big ball of ugly.”

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