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One Moment in Time Becomes One Movement in History

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On Oct. 6, 2018, the Women’s March organized an event with the hashtag “Cancel Kavanaugh.” This march was formed on the premise surrounding the sexual assault allegations towards Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States.

A little background information on the judicial processes in the United States: Nominees who are appointed and confirmed to the Supreme Court serve a lifetime term. This time frame differentiates greatly from any other political appointment in any aspect.

Shown: A local church in Washington D.C.

The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh appeared to be contraversial due to the sexaul assault allegations that were brought forth against him by Dr. Christine Ford. Dr. Ford claimed that Kavanaugh sexaully assaulted her on at least two accounts: once in high school and another in college. Kavanaugh denied these allegations while under oath, and an FBI investigation was established. The FBI investigation did not find enough “probable evidence” to find Brett Kavanaugh guilty.

Brett Kavanaugh’s college roommate, James Roche, came forward saying that he witnessed Kavanaugh commit the acts that he denied doing while under oath. Many rounds of debate occurred throughout this process, and each time the majority support was in Brett Kavanaugh’s favor.

Despite these sexual assault allegations towards Brett Kavanaugh, the vote continued within the Senate. The final vote began at 3:50 p.m. on Saturday. The vote was over two minutes later with Brett Kavanaugh winning the appointment with a 50-48 vote in his favor.

Shown: Brett Kavanaugh

With Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment becoming final, people, mainly women, were outraged. These women, among many others throughout the U.S., believe that the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and that the judges who sit upon the bench should be the wisest, most truthful people in our nation. That being said, once women learned that Brett Kavanaugh had been confirmed on the bench, they became infuriated. How could someone with these types of allegations held against him, with witnesses willing to testify, be placed on a bench where they will more than likely be dealing with cases very similar to this one?

As Brett Kavanaugh now resides on the Supreme Court next to eight other judges, this is the first time in the Supreme Court history that the panel is very right leaning when it comes to their political ideology. Citizens are worried that important cases such as Roe V. Wade will be overturned now that the bench of judges has a conservative commonwealth.

This appointment will not end here; it will continue to loom over the heads of politicians in D.C. for years to come and it may even be an important deciding factor if Senators will be able to continue their careers in politics. With Senators voting the way they did when it came to Kavanaugh’s appointment, citizens want change. If one peruses the internet on any given day, it is filled with Tweets and social media posts stating things such as, “see you at the polls,” or “we will vote you out.” Posts such as those directly correlate to the Senators who are up for re-election on Nov. 6. Outraged citizens want to vote out their representatives who they believe are not serving them to the fullest potential.

For those who would like to participate in a discussion about this topic, consider attending the Diversity in Action (DNA) discussion surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment. This discussion is open to all students, staff, and community members. Anyone can attend no matter how much or how little you know about the subject. It also does not matter which side of the issue you associate yourself with – everyone is welcomed and highly encouraged to attend. Come out to eradicate the stigma behind talking about subjects people avoid bringing up in everyday conversation, but are so prevalent in today’s society.

This is a rough time in the political and social world. I believe this whole event can be summed up by one simple lyric from the Broadway musical Hamilton, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda: “This is not a moment, it’s a movement.”

We are here to write our future together. 

Ariana Riccardi
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My name is Ariana Riccardi and I am a Sophomore majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. I am an avid reader and I love to write. When I am not writing newspaper articles, you can find me watching The West Wing or hanging out with my friends. I am very active on campus. I am apart of the Honors Program, the Peace Corps Prep Program, I am an RA, PR for Amnesty International, SLEB Grand Socials Chair, APB Comedy Chair, a peer mentor, secretary and PR for RSA, Fundraiser Chair for the Relay for Life Committee, Westheimer Peace Symposium board member, It's On Us member, Student Alumni Association, and NASA.

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