It’s very likely that alleged sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed on Saturday as a U.S. Supreme Court judge. The #resistance is having none of that noise.
With hours to go before the Saturday afternoon Senate vote, protesters gathered in front of the United States Capitol took steps to make sure they’d be heard. As a group, they busted through police barricades and took up residence on the Capitol Building’s east steps.
The dramatic moment was captured on camera and quickly went viral.
.@womensmarch just took the Capitol. Women, survivors, and allies walked straight past the police, climbed over barricades, and sat down on the Capitol steps.
It was hard not do feel depleted this morning. But I don’t anymore. This was inspiring. We’re ready for this. pic.twitter.com/YIlDrelaiz
— Sophie Ellman-Golan (@EgSophie) October 6, 2018
It’s important to note that the day’s protests were organized (at least in large part) by the Women’s March, as part of its ongoing #CancelKavanaugh campaign.
Police eventually removed the group, but not before they made an impact. Unfortunately, some of those protesters may have a long weekend ahead. It seems that anyone who’s been arrested before won’t see release until Tuesday (since Monday is technically a holiday).
Capitol Police say protesters arrested today for the 2nd time will not just be released after paying a fine… The repeat offenders will be booked and jailed without the opportunity to be released until Tuesday because Monday is a holiday. via/ @TheOtherKeppler
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) October 6, 2018
Protests have been ongoing all day, continuing even after the group that occupied the Capitol steps was taken away.
This is a challenging moment for a lot of us, but it’s hard to look at these images and feel anything other than hope. If you’re feeling angry, frustrated, confused, hurt… all of those things, make sure you’re registered, and then get out and vote on Nov. 6.