Protest tar­gets Trump’s ‘anti-woman agenda’

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CHICAGO: Women an­gered by the bit­ter fight over a US Supreme Court nom­i­nee and what they called the “anti-woman agenda” of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion headed into the streets of Chicago on Satur­day in a dis­play of po­lit­i­cal might.

Thou­sands gath­ered at a rally or­gan­ised by Women’s March Chicago, which is aimed at spot­light­ing the power and de­ter­mi­na­tion of women vot­ers ahead of the cru­cial Novem­ber 6 midterm elec­tions, which will de­ter­mine con­trol of the US Congress. The elec­tions are also be­ing seen as a barom­e­ter of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pop­u­lar­ity.

“We wanted to lead into the midterms and en­cour­age women to get out and vote,” Jes­sica Schiller, head of Women’s March Chicago, said. Satur­day’s events in­clude a “Voter Vil­lage” where dozens of com­mu­nity groups and politi­cians have set up booths to reach new vot­ers and en­cour­age po­lit­i­cal in­volve­ment.

Demon­stra­tors planned to leave the rally site for a for­mal march through down­town Chicago be­fore head­ing to early vot­ing lo­ca­tions in the Windy City’s busi­ness dis­trict.

The Chicago rally was among the first signs of the po­lit­i­cal fall­out from the deeply par­ti­san fight to con­firm Trump’s nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh to the na­tion’s high­est court de­spite sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions and pow­er­ful tes­ti­mony against him at a Se­nate hear­ing by his ac­cuser Chris­tine Blasey Ford.

All but one Se­nate Repub­li­can voted to con­firm Ka­vanaugh to a life­time ap­point­ment on the Supreme Court. All but one Demo­crat voted against.

Women’s March Chicago said it was tar­get­ing the “anti-woman agenda of the White House and the Repub­li­can Party.”

Sim­i­lar marches are sched­uled later this month in other states, in­clud­ing the Repub­li­can strongholds of Texas, Ge­or­gia and South Carolina. “It is in­fu­ri­at­ing to women to watch that dis­play that we watched in that Se­nate com­mit­tee hear­ing, and to see that man was still con­firmed,” Schiller said.

“Women are an­gry. And we’re start­ing to feel com­fort­able be­ing an­gry.”

AFP

Chicago protest tar­gets Trump’s ‘anti-woman agenda’.—

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