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Signs to Remember from the Cleveland Protests Against Kavanaugh’s Confirmation This Weekend 

click to enlarge Lotte Brewer, 21, holding sign at the Cancel Kavanaugh protest in Cleveland - PHOTO BY GABRIELLE GREENE
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  • Lotte Brewer, 21, holding sign at the Cancel Kavanaugh protest in Cleveland
Hundreds rallied in downtown Cleveland Saturday to protest the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Organizers for the Women’s March of Northeast Ohio led the event as part of the group’s “No Justice, No Seat” protest series all through Ohio.

Protestors chanted throughout the demonstration, gave speeches at the Free Stamp, and carried signs. For those who could not hear them speak, here is what they wrote.
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Kavanaugh’s nomination became contentious once Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein was publicized. The letter described Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulting Ford while they were high school students in the 1980s. Two other accusers, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, came forward, offering their accounts of Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct. Ford gave testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 27.
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  • Photo by Lotte Brewer
The demonstration touched on Kavanaugh’s political views as well as his misconduct allegations. Organizers described the protest on the Facebook event page, writing, “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.”
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The protest began at the Free Stamp, ultimately traveling to Senator Rob Portman’s office. Event speaker Kenyona Sunny Matthews, 36, noted that Portman is also at fault.

"The confirmation of Kavanaugh is a disgusting display of privilege and power. Our elected officials have betrayed us. Portman has betrayed us,” Matthews tells Scene.

The Women’s March is not alone in leading Kavanaugh protests. The Democratic Socialists of America also organized a sit-in in Senator Portman’s office last Thursday to urge Portman not to support Kavanaugh.

click to enlarge Members of the DSA outside Senator Rob Portman's Cleveland office building - PHOTO BY GABRIELLE GREENE
  • Photo by Gabrielle Greene
  • Members of the DSA outside Senator Rob Portman's Cleveland office building
Now, after Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the Women’s March of Northeast Ohio urges citizens to vote in this year’s midterm elections Nov. 6.

“We will run against all those trying to set our country back 30 years," Matthews says. "We will vote you out."

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