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‘SOMA Citizens Against Kavanaugh’ to Protest Supreme Court Nomination Aug 26 with Handmaids

From and SOMA Citizens Against Kavanaugh:

Handmaid’s Tale Protest by SOMA Action, Photo courtesy of Michael Paris

SOMA Citizens Against Kavanaugh, an ad hoc group of local residents in South Orange, Maplewood, and surrounding communities, will lead a protest march starting at 11:45 AM in Ricalton Square Park in Downtown Maplewood, New Jersey, 07040, on Sunday, August 26.

The protest is part of a National Day of Action against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. The group has been busy repurposing old crimson graduation robes from their local high school. (See coverage online and on Facebook.)

The robes with white bonnets evoke the Republic of Gilead, the fictional country in Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Like many Americans around the country, SOMA Action members believe that key elements of this novel are fast becoming all too real. The Kavanaugh nomination represents another large step forward into an ugly, frightful future. Kavanaugh is an extremist. His views on Roe v. Wade, the Affordable Care Act, marriage equality, the environment, guns, immigration policy, worker’s rights, and, not least, the power of the Executive will mean a radical shift of power on the Supreme Court for generations.

The protestors plan to march silently through Maplewood, gathering at the Maplewood Train Station, “inbound side,” and then South Orange Town Centers with placards and leaflets informing the public about what it can do can do to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

“Brett Kavanaugh is a direct threat to our civil and human rights and is unfit to serve on our nation’s highest court. Senators must put country over party to protect their constituents, the Constitution, and civil and human rights by rejecting this extreme nomination,” said Amy Higer of SOMA Action.

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