US Women's March organisers urge women to vote for change at rallies across the country - ABC News  10/17/2020 23:40:44 

Thousands of mostly young women in masks have rallied in cities across the United States against President Donald Trump and his Supreme Court pick, Amy Coney Barrett.

  • Dozens of rallies were planned across the country from New York to San Francisco
  • The marches were in opposition to Donald Trump and his policies, especially the push to fill the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before election day
  • More than 26 million Americans have already cast their ballots

Protesters also urged voters to oppose Mr Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the November 3 elections.

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.

Demonstrators were asked to wear face coverings and practise social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Protesters  including some dressed as characters from popular television series The Handmaid's Tale, based on a book by Margaret Atwood  marched towards the US Supreme Court.

The march came as the US Senate prepared to vote on the confirmation of Ms Barrett to replace late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ms Barrett, a conservative federal appellate judge, is Mr Trump's third selection for a lifetime Supreme Court post.

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

Ms Barrett's confirmation would give the court a 6-3 conservative majority.

Republicans have a 53-47 Senate majority, making Ms Barrett's confirmation a virtual certainty.

"There are a lot of things that I can't change in politics, but my voice is not one of them," protester Natalie Gates said.

"And this Supreme Court nominee will affect my children and the future. And this is the biggest thing that I know that I could do to help make change."

Demonstrators at a rally hold up sign with Ruth Bader Ginsburg on them
Justice Ginsburg's death on September 18 sparked the rush by Republicans to replace her with a conservative.(AP: Jose Luis Magana)

Dozens of other rallies were planned from New York to San Francisco to signal opposition to Mr Trump and his policies, especially the push to fill the seat of Justice Ginsburg before election day.

One march was held at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, outside the dormitory where Justice Ginsburg lived as an undergraduate student.

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

Two women wearing face masks that say WE DISSENT march among a crowd of young women on the streets of LA.
Some women at the LA rally wore face masks stating "WE DISSENT", a reference to former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.(AP: Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Rachel O'Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women's March, opened the event by asking people to keep their distance from one another, saying that the only super-spreader event would be the recent one at the White House.

She talked about the power of women to end Mr Trump's presidency.

"His presidency began with women marching and now it's going to end with woman voting. Period," she said.

"Vote for your daughter's future," read one message in the sea of signs carried by demonstrators.

"Fight like a girl," said another.

More than 26 million Americans have already cast their ballots for who they want to sit in the White House for the next four years, Mr Trump or his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

A Women's march protest in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington
Demonstrators protested against Mr Trump and Ms Coney Barrett in front of the Supreme Court.(AP: Jose Luis Magana)


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