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Protesters gather in Cleveland to denounce Kavanaugh confirmation

Posted at 10:00 AM, Oct 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-07 18:59:12-04

Protesters gathered at Cleveland's iconic Free Stamp on Saturday to rally against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

You can watch the event in the player below:

The rally is organized by members of Women's March Northeast Ohio, Indivisible Cleveland and Action Together Lakewood Area, according to the news release.

Event organizers released the following statement:

"The stakes are too high to stay home! All of our lives are literally on the line as Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court threatens to roll back women's rights, voting rights, LGTBQ rights, and more. And, it's not just that — we owe it to all the brave survivors of sexual violence who have come forward, like Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick, to ensure their stories were not shared in vain. We believe survivors. We will #StopKavanaugh!"

Kara Kvaran, a co-chair of the women's group, said the purpose of the rally is to send a message to Senator Rob Portman to vote "no". 

“This is someone who’s going to be on the supreme court for the rest of his life," she said. "We can take a few extra weeks – a few extra months – to make sure that someone that we’re going to allow to make law in this country for decades to come is properly vetted and is the right decision for the people of this country.”

Protestor Ellen Connally said all the group can do is try. 

“Even if he didn’t do it, he never even said he was sorry for what happened to Dr. Ford. It’s a very, very sad day in American history," she said. 

On Thursday about two dozen protesters gathered outside of the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland to protest Kavanaugh.

Protestors later attempted to enter the building in an effort to get to Senator Rob Portman's office. A spokesperson for the senator tells News 5 that staff members were able to meet with 29 people at Portman's office. 

Protests erupted on Thursday in other cities as well. In Washington, women marched to the Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse and then to the Supreme Court before holding a rally to support victims of sexual assault.

Dozens were arrested in the Washington protests, including comedian Amy Schumer.

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