NEW BRITAIN - Students against the recent appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh held a rally in front of the CCSU Student Center Monday afternoon. Kavanaugh, who was confirmed over the weekend, will spend his first full day on the Supreme Court today.
“Our members were furious and they felt angry with the Kavanaugh nomination and the process with the sexual assault allegations…” said CCSU senior Victor Constanza, president of Change-CT. He made his comments to The Herald alongside Roshanay Tahir, president of the CCSU chapter of Change-CT.
Change-CT is a nonprofit based in New Britain that aims to empower and support underrepresented communities. They organized the protest, Constanza said.
“The point was to empower victims of sexual assault and to empower women” said Constanza. “It was more of an expressive thing that we’re still united, we’re still here and we’re still fighting.”
It was also against the appointment of Kavanaugh because of what the two called too many “red flags” in his nomination process, and his conservative ideals, Constanza added.
The protest lasted about an hour Monday. It included a mix of organized speakers and chants, Constanza said. Student leaders from throughout campus clubs, including the CCSU chapter of Change-CT, Student Government Association, Black Student Union and the Women’s Center were involved, said James Angelopoulos, a third-year student who took part in the protest.
About 30 students were protesting Kavanaugh, with students coming and going throughout, said Angelopoulos.
Some conservative students also joined the anti-Kavanaugh protests, he added.
After learning the protest was going on, Ally Clark, a sophomore and member of the College Republicans at CCSU, donned a “Trump Pence 2020” T-shirt and spoke in support of Kavanaugh with a sign reading, “I BELIEVE KAVANAUGH #HIMTOO.”
“It’s more about the idea of innocent until proven guilty,” said Clark as the reason for her protest. “You can have your beliefs but if something happened to you, you should report it first of all. We have to see the evidence …. It has to stand up in court and if that doesn’t happen, then I’m sorry, but you’re not guilty.”
Clark said she wasn’t even sure if she liked Kavanaugh as a judge, she just thought he was telling the truth.
The allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, who accused the judge of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school, also make it hard for women who are assaulted to come forward now since some people may not always be telling the truth, she said.
John Sipper, a junior at CCSU who stood alongside Clark, said he thought Ford’s story was a ploy by the Democrats to obstruct the new justice’s appointment.
Judge Kavanaugh was appointed on Saturday in a 50 to 48 vote, after multiple hearings regarding his appointment and an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against him were held. He was sworn in during a private ceremony on Saturday evening. A second ceremony was planned for Monday night at the White House.
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