Chanting, Honking, Marching And Dressed In Black: Scenes From Today's Kavanaugh Walkout
We've had the pink pussy hat protests, but today the color of choice took on a stronger tone: black.
Across the country, women dressed in all-black followed the call of the Time's Up movement and walked out of their offices, homes, classrooms, or wherever on Monday at exactly 10 a.m. (on the West Coast) in a message of outrage, frustration and solidarity.
They were protesting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh in the light of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's accusations that he sexually assaulted her in high school.
Ford is scheduled to testify Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But then there's Deborah Ramirez's new sexual misconduct allegations from their time at Yale. And Attorney Michael Avenatti promises more evidence still to come.
About 40 of those women (and almost a dozen supportive men, too) protesting in Studio City, walked out to the corner of Ventura and Laurel Canyon. Many of their signs carried the trending hashtag #BelieveSurvivors, and they chanted "Kava-no."
Actress Lea Thompson stood at the front of the pack and cheered as cars drove down the busy street and honked in solidarity. She's not usually one to protest, but she says America's democracy is being tested, and confirming Kavanaugh is unacceptable.
"I'm not a real rabble-rouser but this makes me mad," she says. "I feel so helpless against this whole process that it just makes me feel better to protest. It's a tiny thing you can do to make yourself feel heard."
In the back of the crowd stood Matt Belknap, sporting a black shirt that reads, "May the force be with you." He chanted with the women but clapped a little quieter. He said he felt a little awkward as a man in a woman's protest, but the cause was important enough to show up anyway.
"I feel kind of embarrassed...it's not my place to stand here and lead this crowd, but I just want to show support," he says. "We need to believe women and we have to stop supporting men who abuse women. I just feel like we have to draw a line in the sand at some point and say some things aren't acceptable."
Protester L.E. Charles said her disapproval is solidified by mounting accusations, and with so many options for a Supreme Court nomination, she called the support for Kavanaugh ridiculous.
"There's more fish in the sea. We can find another person to put on the Supreme Court," she says. We already have a president with too many skeletons in the closet. We don't need that on the Supreme Court for even longer."