First-Day SCOTUS Protests Garner Coverage

As the Supreme Court opened for its first day of oral arguments on October 4,  activists gathered on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to highlight Senate Republicans’ obstruction of Judge Garland’s nomination to the Court. Coverage on TV station New York 1  featured the rally, while top news photos of the day also highlighted the visual display of signs urging Senators to “Do Your Job.”  Photo coverage appeared on the Getty images , The Nation,  and Yahoo  news websites.   Speakers at the D.C. event included Jim Obergefell, whose landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges affirmed marriage equality nationwide.  Organizations rallying at the Court included We Need Nine campaign organizations Alliance for Justice, Center for American Progress, People for the American Way, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Meanwhile, activists also gathered in multiple states for a day of action highlighting Senate Republicans’ blockade of federal judicial nominees. In each state, activists made deliveries of 92 miniature empty chairs to the local offices of GOP Senators. The chairs represent the 92 vacancies on federal courts resulting from Senate Republicans’ obstructionism of the judicial nominations process: one for the Supreme Court and each federal judicial vacancy.  Actions took place in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Texas and Nevada.  The protests were highlighted on the Urban Milwaukee, Iowa Labor News, WHO-TV, Public News Service, and other news sites.

Photo courtesy Progress Texas.