Black Activists Arrested at Kavanaugh Protest to Appear in D.C. Superior Court

September 18, 2018

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Washington, D.C.  – On August 23, police arrested two Black reproductive justice activists who were part of a larger protest at the Senate to urge senators to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Today the women appeared before the Washington D.C. Superior Court for arraignment and status hearings.

The day of action was organized by All* Above All, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity.

“As a feminist and reproductive justice activist, I participated in the August 23 day of action at the Senate because I believe in fighting for a world where justice and equity can be achieved for all. That includes disrupting the systems that oppress us in the first place,” said Brooke Butler, one of the Black women arrested during the protest. “Black people are already criminalized for their pregnancy outcomes, and the impact of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation and looming threat to our livelihoods—particularly for those of us who are women, workers, LGBTQ, undocumented or any combination of these identities—cannot be overstated. I will continue to raise my voice for justice and implore Senators to keep Kavanaugh out of the Highest Court in the land.”

“Last month, more than 100 people of color activists and social justice allies took direct action in Senate office buildings to highlight the devastating impact Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court would have on communities of color, LBGTQ people and low-income people,” said Destiny Lopez, co-director of All* Above All. “With our struggle for justice at stake, we are grateful for activists like Brooke Butler who were arrested as they put their bodies on the line to fight the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.”