In the unusually humid October heat, we spent the afternoon marching together from the DC District Court, down the National Mall, to the United States Supreme Court where speakers from across the nation took to the stage.
“I am a veteran, a police officer, a father, an Alaskan Independent voter, and a survivor,” one man said, urging his Senator to vote no on this nomination. Countless speakers followed him to the stage—countless other survivors who were so brave in speaking out.
When the Capitol police barred us from the Capitol steps, we marched across Constitution Avenue and filled the Hart atrium. We watched as Senate staffers, whose office windows overlooked the atrium, handwrote signs stating “WE BELIEVE HER” and taped them to the glass.
Yesterday, the League of Women Voters of the United States stood—representing our more than 700 chapters and 300,000 supporters—alongside and in comradery with organizations and advocates from across our nation.
In 1918 American women were demonstrating across the country to have their voices heard. 100 years later, we are still demanding to be heard.
Civil disobedience is a necessity sometimes. Acts such as those we participated in yesterday are the moments that have resonated and affected change in the critical moments during the many fights for civil rights in American history.
I am so proud to be a part of this historic moment for my organization. We cannot, and will not, sit silently while the independence of our judiciary is threatened.
We are all in this, and we are all in it together—yesterday, today, and on November 6.