Kavanaugh Protesters Show Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Outside Capitol

(Huffington Post)

UltraViolet Action, a national women’s advocacy organization, said the 2005 outtake of Trump talking about using his celebrity status to “grab them by the pussy” will air over and over for 12 hours to remind senators that the president is “a self-professed serial sexual abuser attempting to elevate another sexual abuser ― Brett Kavanaugh ― into high office.”

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Amy Schumer Among Dozens of Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters Arrested in D.C.

(Slate)

Meanwhile, outside the Capitol building Thursday, a different feminist group had set up a giant screen dedicated to showing, on a loop, the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Donald Trump bragged that his fame allowed him to “grab them by the pussy.” According to Roll Call, the video will air for 12 hours.

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‘I Felt So Enraged.’ Activists Descend on Capitol Hill for Kavanaugh and Ford’s Senate Hearing

(Time)

The support for Kavanaugh though, seemed outnumbered by the people at the Senate who turned out for Ford. Organized by activist groups like the Women’s March, Planned Parenthood and Ultraviolet, they poured into the Senate buildings before heading to the Supreme Court, where they chanted, “You won’t silence us! No means no.” At one point, a subset of demonstrators sat in the middle of the street in front of the Supreme Court singing “we shall not be moved.”

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Protesters Call on Senator Grassley to Cancel Vote on Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

(NBC 13)

DES MOINES, Iowa — After two women made allegations that Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted them, protesters say they want Senator Chuck Grassley to know they don’t believe Kavanaugh has the country’s best interests at heart.

“We ask that you publicly oppose Kavanaugh and call to cancel the vote on his confirmation. Kavanaugh already poses a threat to millions of people, especially women,” Peggy Schmitt from UltraViolet said during the protest.

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Protesters Rally Against Kavanaugh, and Back His Accusers: ‘The Wave of Women Is Here’

(New York Times)

The protests brought together women and men across the country for rallies and a walkout organized by a coalition that included Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, UltraViolet Action, Planned Parenthood and MoveOn.

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Maine Protesters Want Susan Collins To Take A Stand On Brett Kavanaugh

(Maine Public Radio)

“I think it has soured me on her a little that I don’t actually see her opposing his behavior or his appointees in any meaningful ways. I mean it’s one thing to be appalled at his tweets, but what are you doing about his appointees, what are you doing about his policies? So certainly since 2016 things have changed,” she says.

The protest, organized by Mainers for Accountable Leadership and the national women’s group UltraViolet Action, is part of an ongoing campaign to pressure Collins to vote against Kavanaugh, who has now been accused of sexual assault by two women.

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Ads, protests pressure Collins, other key senators on Kavanaugh

(CNN)
Over the weekend, the progressive group UltraViolet launched an ad campaign telling Republican senators: “Don’t put another sexual predator on the Supreme Court.” It’s a digital ad in Maine but is airing on television in Nevada, Arizona and West Virginia.
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Women Are Staging a Nationwide Walkout to Protest Brett Kavanaugh

(Vice)

“Ramirez’s story is yet more proof that Kavanaugh should have already withdrawn his nomination and his wholly disqualified from holding any office in government, let alone one on the highest court in the country,” Shauna Thomas, the executive director and cofounder of UltraViolet, a women’s group participating in Monday’s protests, said. “Now is the time for Republicans in the Senate to make it clear that they believe women and find violence against women wholly unacceptable demanding Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination immediately.

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

(Bustle)

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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