Organizers Exhort Women to Vote for Change at US Rallies

Protesters rally in Washington D.C. during the latest Women's March demonstrations that began just after President Trump's inauguration

They said tens of thousands showed up at what turned out to be 438 #CountonUs marches across all 50 states.

The protests, including in Washington, were the latest in a series of rallies that began with massive women's marches the day after Mr Trump's January 2017 inauguration.

This year's goal was to ensure that the 1.25 million women on the organization's list vote and bring three friends.

"His presidency began with women marching and now it's going to end with woman voting". Hundreds of marches and demonstrations were planned at city halls, parks and monuments across the country.

The US Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled an October 22 vote on the nomination of Barrett, a conservative appellate judge, over objections from Democrats that the confirmation process comes too close to the November 3 presidential election.

Mr Trump has asked the Senate, controlled by his fellow Republicans, to confirm Ms Barrett before the election.

If Barrett takes a seat on the Supreme Court, conservatives would have a 6-3 majority.

"Democrats have to stop talking about packing the supreme court, because it's already packed - with Catholics", Maher quipped.

Jade Tisdol from Boston takes part in the Women's March in Washington D.C. on Saturday. Carol Guzy for NPR
Jade Tisdol from Boston takes part in the Women's March in Washington D.C. on Saturday. Carol Guzy for NPR

In one of several speeches at the rally, Sonja Spoo, director of reproductive rights campaigns at Ultraviolet, said she has to chuckle when she hears reporters ask Trump whether he will accept a peaceful transfer of power if he loses his reelection bid.

In New York, around 300 people gathered at Manhattan's Washington Square, many with pink hats and signs supporting Trump's Democratic opponent Joe Biden or honoring Ginsburg.

"We Dissent", said a cardboard sign carried by a young woman wearing a red mask with small portraits of Justice Ginsburg.

"I'm out here because it's so important that people vote and I'm telling people to vote blue for Biden and (running mate Kamala) Harris because Trump has been a disaster for our country", said Wendy Sacks, a 67-year-old vintage jewelry seller.

Next month's presidential contest was also the focus of a separate NY protest Saturday in which hundreds of demonstrators protested the killings of Black people by police officers.

Trump nominated Barrett last month following the death of the late justice, and her confirmation hearings took place this past week.

Among those protesting was Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker killed by officers in March during a raid at her home in Louisville, Kentucky. "And this is the biggest thing that I know that I could do to help make change".


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