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Hundreds Arrested in Multi-Day Protests of Supreme Court Nominee
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=35063"><span class="small">Amanda Becker, Reuters</span></a>   
Saturday, 08 September 2018 12:40

Becker writes: "U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate this week was frequently disrupted as protesters were removed from the hearing room by police, with more than 200 people arrested."

Activists were trained in nonviolent civil disobedience and got legal support. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Activists were trained in nonviolent civil disobedience and got legal support. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Hundreds Arrested in Multi-Day Protests of Supreme Court Nominee

By Amanda Becker, Reuters

08 September 18


.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing in the Senate this week was frequently disrupted as protesters were removed from the hearing room by police, with more than 200 people arrested.

In an unusually intense episode of civil disobedience on Capitol Hill, the four-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was targeted for “creative resistance” by liberal activist groups, said Linda Sarsour, Women’s March board member.

“This is a travesty of justice! Adjourn the hearing!” Sarsour, 38, yelled on Tuesday morning as she was the first to be taken out of the hearing room by police officers.

Minutes later, three more women - the activists were nearly all women - were removed as they shouted “Vote no on Kavanaugh!” and “My daughter has the right to choose!”

Fears that Kavanaugh, if confirmed to the court by the Senate, could open the door to scaling back abortion access, were a key focus at the hearing.

Sarsour told Reuters that her group’s members accounted for 209 of the 212 arrests made Tuesday through Thursday, including nearly all of the 177 arrests within the hearing room. The majority of those arrested were charged with disorderly conduct, paid a $35 fine and released.

Women’s March grew from a January 2017 demonstration that drew more than 500,000 people to Washington to oppose the Donald Trump’s inauguration to the U.S. presidency.

Sarsour said the arrests during the hearing showed the “level of dissent” over Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh, a conservative judge, for a lifetime Supreme Court seat.

The activists were trained in nonviolent civil disobedience and got legal support. “We are not engaging in some sort of charade; we believe this is a matter of life and death,” Sarsour said.

Women’s March organized the protests with the Center for Popular Democracy, a left-learning nonprofit, and We Demand Justice, a group formed to oppose Trump’s judicial nominations.

Congress holds hundreds of hearings every year that are typically staid proceedings. Sometimes though, they attract noisy demonstrations.

At the Kavanaugh sessions, the disruptions began several minutes after Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley gaveled the hearing open on Tuesday.

Each day, members of the public arrived by 7 a.m. to queue up for hearing tickets. They then waited in line for 20 to 30 minutes within the hearing room. One after another, activists stood to protest Kavanaugh’s positions on healthcare, abortion, gun rights or the proceeding itself, interrupting lines of questioning and irritating some Republican committee members.

“I don’t know that the committee should have to put up with the type of insolence,” Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican committee member, said on Tuesday morning.

“I think we ought to have this loudmouth removed,” he added as another activist interrupted the hearing.

Carla Beddard, 34, was one of 15 women who silently walked the halls outside Kavanaugh’s hearing dressed in the red cloaks and white bonnets worn by persecuted women in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a dystopian novel and television series.

Beddard, a graduate student, said that she was drawn to protest Kavanaugh’s nomination due to his stance on Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

“The fact we could be adding a justice to the court that has indicated he’s not too sure terrified me,” Beddard said.

Kavanaugh testified this week that Roe v. Wade is Supreme Court precedent but declined to say whether he believed the case was correctly decided.

On Wednesday, Beddard and two other “handmaids” removed their costumes to go into the hearing room. She stood up and raised her hands, where she had written “We Dissent.” She was one of 73 arrested that day.

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+2 # Benign Observer 2018-09-08 20:22
It's time for us to pour into the streets. It's time for general strikes. We need whistleblowers and defectors and we need leaders.

Here's the 6/27/18 Intercepted, the Intercept's podcast with Jeremy Scahill. This one features Sy Hersh, Mariame Kaba, who works for prison reform, Lee Gelernt from the ACLU, and Narcy, an Iraqi rapper.

It's all worthwhile but Hersh is full of incredible information. He says not only is there is no intelligence that Russia hacked the DNC/Podesta emails -- "That did not happen" --BUT he's been following a story since 2011 that he can't report yet but can't let go because "It's a great fucking story".

He says Russia intercepted something explosive about Libya when HRC was Sec of State. It was about people in the US who were acting in ways deleterious to the US war on terrorism for personal and financial gain and IT COULD HAVE THE EFFECTED THE 2016 ELECTION. He says they could have done real harm but they didn't do it. Instead they alerted the US government through back channels.

He said the war in Syria is basically over now that the Kurds have made a big concession.

He calls cable news, incl CNN and MSNBC, the 'lowest form of journalism'.

He says Mueller saw Trump's tax returns early on and didn't find enough to indict.

The podcast is packed with amazing stuff .. to be cont
+1 # Benign Observer 2018-09-08 20:53

Hersh says a knowledgeable source told him the problem with trying to get Trump on collusion is that Trump is so impulsive.

He says he forgave Obama his first term but not the second, and he begs the Democrats to give people something to vote for. (loud applause)

He said we should not underestimate Trump, who took down 17 experienced Republicans and two political dynasties, that with the goal of getting re-elected Trump intends to amass trillions to fund a massive 2019 infrastructure jobs program that will employ millions. He has a huge commitment from Salman in Saudi Arabia, who said he wants to bid on contracts, and Trump told him he could anything he wanted as long as he hires American workers. Democrats can't take 2020 lightly.

He also said Eric Holder and James Comey both want to run.

He hinted at a big story in Mali, said that the US is conducting war in 76 (!!!) countries, mainly in Africa and the ME, doing whatever they want.

In his recent book, Reporter, Hersh says his career has taught him three things: 1) the powerful prey mercilessly on the powerless, up to and including mass murder, 2) the powerful lie constantly about their predations, and 3) the natural instinct of the media is to let them get away with it.

Hersh talks about many other things. He's incredible.

Gelernt discusses family border separation and Kaba is really inspirational on our systemic problems.

This is well worth a listen. (1:09)
0 # PeacefulGarden 2018-09-09 06:41
Would the people of Utah please vote for some different. Please, Orin, retire!
0 # lfeuille 2018-09-09 15:47
He's already announced that he won't run for re-election.