4:00pm, Library Mall. What started off as a small group quickly turned into a crowd that filled the entire Library Mall of UW-Madison.
Posters in their hand, flyers of information, and a frustrated look on their face accompanied many of the protestors.
They were all there for a common cause. It’s about time survivors get proper justice and Brett Kavanaugh is canceled.
There were students of the University, people from the community, and even parents with their children who attended the walk out. A majority of those in attendance were also apart of the International Socialist Organization. They are an organization whose mission is to bring justice to those discriminated against, oppressed, or exploited.
Speakers came forward and expressed how outraged they are due to what is happening. They are not pleased that a man like Kavanaugh is being considered to join the Supreme Court of the United States with a term that could last for decades.
If appointed as a justice, he will probably have a say in what could be historical court cases. After a couple people spoke on the megaphone, the large crowd made its way onto Langdon St. right next to Memorial Library. The march continued down Langdon, made a right on Wisconsin Ave. and marched straight toward the Capitol Building. There, the protestors occupied the steps of the Capitol Building and lawn.
Erin Bosch, a white woman who attended the protest, was actually disappointed with the turnout of the march. She said she has participated in marches for a number of different issues, and she was hoping to see more people involved in this topic. I asked Erin if Kavanaugh is actually appointed what does that look like for our country. Her response was, “It shows that it doesn’t matter what kind of scum you are…” While interviewing Erin I could just feel the level of frustration and anger in her voice. She, like many others, had just had enough.
While standing on the Capitol steps many survivors spoke up and told their stories. As many times as you say it, over and over again, I can only imagine that it never gets easy. Speakers like Anita Hill, Dr. Ford, everyone at the walk-out, and every survivor is so strong. Even though the turn out wasn’t massive, the energy and the message were very clear. Just as one of the chants went, “However we dress, wherever we go, yes means yes, and no means no!”