Thousands of protesters — including sexual assault survivors and their allies — were already gathered just after noon outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh currently works, in a last-ditch effort to appeal to the Senate to vote no on his confirmation.
In the afternoon, they marched to the Hart Senate Office Building, where police began making arrests for civil disobedience, protesters confirmed. Amy Schumer was amoung those arrested CNN confirmed.
Busloads of women from other parts of the country — including survivors from West Virginia — made their way to D.C. for demonstrations that would take place throughout the day.
Caitlin Gaffin, 30, was one of them. She was among nine protesters arrested in West Virginia while occupying the campaign headquarters of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for more than 10 hours on Monday. Today, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, she and several dozen other assault survivors and allies met with Manchin to tell their stories.
She said Manchin was “teary eyed” as he listened, but made no indication of which way he’d vote. The group had another meeting scheduled with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), but said she never showed up.
“It feels like one of our last shots. This is the most we can do right now — drop everything and try to talk face to face,” Gaffin told HuffPost on Thursday morning. “We’re going to share our stories. We’re hoping to be able to appeal to them in some way to show how personal this is for their constituents, for everyone.”
Activist groups across the country have been holding demonstrations all week, ever since Kavanaugh lied under oath during testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, ever since Christine Blasey Ford cried in front of millions of TV viewers when she publicly accused him of forcing himself on her in high school.
Since then, other women have come forward against the judge, and many of his former classmates have tried to distance themselves from him or backed up claims by his alleged victims.