The FBI is set to release the details of its investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday and some people in our area are planning a walkout of school and work to stand against Kavanaugh.
The FBI is set to release the details of its investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a key vote for Friday. If that vote passes, there will be up to 30 hours of debate followed by a final confirmation vote on Kavanaugh.
The Supreme Court nominee has been facing allegations of sexual assault from his time in high school and college.
While all this is happening, people in the Rochester area are planning a walkout of school and work Thursday to stand against Kavanaugh.
The student organizers at RIT are from Labrys Women's Alliance of RIT and the RIT International Socialist Organization. Students say they want their federal representatives to know they are taking a stand for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and against Kavanaugh.
Students are walking out Thursday to meet at the Sentinel statue on the RIT campus at 4 p.m. The rally is happening at the same time as dozens of others across the country.
Local organizers hope to send a message that Kavanaugh is not fit to serve as a Supreme Court justice. This comes after Ford's testimony to a Senate Judiciary Committee last week about allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh and what protesters call Kavanaugh's "unhinged" response to the claims.
With the vote currently leaning in favor of Kavanaugh's nomination, organizers like Nancy Hart hope to send a clear message about sexual assault.
"What we have is essentially a possible sex offender being appointed to the Supreme Court...the highest tier of justice in the U.S.," Hart said. "That says something horrible about our country and especially how our country acts toward women. It is utter disrespect."
A university spokeswoman says RIT does not take sides on political issues, but they do support freedom of speech and students are allowed to protest whatever cause they choose.