tv Womens Groups Hold Rally Opposing Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh CSPAN September 24, 2018 5:10pm-5:54pm EDT
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is like leading her agency, including strengthening partnerships with allies. at 8:00 p.m. on c-span3, a discussion about the history of refugee resettlement in the united states. after allegations surfaced of sexual harassment by supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh, women's groups and allied organizations held a rally outside they supreme court to oppose his nomination. this portion is 40 minutes. ok. all right, so we are going to get started. thank you, everyone, for joining us today on the steps of the supreme court to say, we believe survivors. today is a national day of solidarity with survivors across the country.
for the fifth time in three weeks, women from all over the country have come to washington to put their bodies on the line, to say we will not go back. we believe survivors. and to say, look at all the thousands of women and allies who are here today. women are to be believed, to be always come we will out for each other because we had each other's backs. i am one of the copresidents and national cochairs of the women's march. fellowned here by my cochair. and linda, and some of the most powerful women from across all of our movements, across the
country. race,e come here across across gender expression, across religion, across immigration status and across every other identity that you can possibly imagine, because we share the belief that survivors must be heard, must be trusted, must never be shamed, and that our senators must represent us all. , on this national day of solidarity and during this walkout at this very moment, there are thousands of women across the country walking out of their offices, walking out of their homes, walking out of their stores, wearing black, and they are here with us. if not in body, they are here with us in spirit. to thank our mail
allies who have come here today wearing t-shirts that say believe women. but they have also come with a renewed voice. they have committed to saying that we will not be silent in the longer. this is absurd. this is outrageous. women should never have to be here. that should never feel they are being taken hostage by their own government. and no one should ever be elevated to a position of power if they are an abuser, and if they do not believe women. there is a reason that 80% of survivors do not report what has happened to them. i have been galvanized over the past three weeks, hearing the stories of so many of you who have bravely come forward, and standing in solidarity with all that courageous women who choose not to tell their story, or cannot tell their stories.
and i want to say that i'm here for all of you, and i will never stop fighting for your rights. so with this, i would like to hand it over to my fellow mallory, andtamika we will kick it off. >> take you so much. think bob has really said so much, she said it all in terms of why we are here today. we are here, and i don't just mean in a superficial way, but we are here because we are taking the situation very, very seriously. women's march and other organizations started out coming to washington for the very first hearing. we have been here. we knew all along that brett kavanaugh was not someone who should be appointed to the supreme court of the united states. we knew he was problematic.
and the stories that we are beginning to hear our only confirmation of what we originally were fighting against. societyto live in a where it is clear that you can do whatever you want, but there will be a response from the people. there are others who have said to us, they are still going to try it, they will still try to push him through. that is fine, but just know that these spaces that you see here represent millions of people, siblings,ilies, our and we will continue to fight. we can never give up. and ever get too tired sit to the sidelines while our democracy is threatened. when i think about this idea of survivors, surviving, and we
think about our supreme court, sexual assault is clearly one of the most dangerous aspects and one of the most heart-wrenching pieces in terms of surviving, but there are other aspects of the danger around our supreme court. it's not just about sexual assault. there are people who are here who are dealing with a litany of challenges. police brutality is a challenge in our communities. education is a challenge in our communities. poverty is a challenge in our communities. challenge in so many communities. and so, when we talk about intersectional work, intersectional work, that means that we have to be able to come together to support dr. ford and debbie ramirez, but to stand up also for sandra bland and
trayvon martin, and just a little girl who, right now, does not have food in her refrigerator and the ability to live in a safe society or gun violence is not something that is ravishing in her community. all of those issues must come together, if you call yourself a feminist, it cannot just be about one issue. it must represent all of our issues, all of our people. and i will say to you as a black woman, as the mother of a 19-year-old young, black boy, that black people, black women particularly, must be censored in this discussion in order for is free. that anyone if black women are not free, no one is free. and i am so proud to bring someone to you today who is not
just a friend who i just love in general, but a trailblazer, someone who, in the spirit of harriet tubman and sojourner truth and so many who came before her, decided to stand up .nd say, me, too a long time before it became popular, it for the cameras showed up, before people began to talk about this movement in she was standing up, she was speaking out and she was organizing in local communities all across this country, and particularly in the south where our people are suffering all over. -- ining in ways disproportionate way. so i'm proud to bring her here today. it is important that history records the truth, that every
time there is an issue in this country affecting any individual, the matter what their color, no matter what their kind, no matter what it is, where they come from, that black women have found a way to stand up over and over and over again. [applause] and we face some of the most dangerous attacks, the most dangerous lies and abuse. and so to see her walk in her power to have her here with us today is extremely important to us. it was important that during our convention, the first convention that the women's march held, my dear sister found her to ensure that she was there so that the story would be told in a history would be recorded correctly. itause if the others have their way, and if the media can take control of the messaging, they will steal every sign from
women and particularly black women, our leadership, and erase our names and our value. but we will not allow that to happen. so let us hear from the trailblazer, the courageous one, the one living in the spirit of those who shook the ground before us. [applause] she continues to shake the ground today. i'm proud to bring her, my dear sister and friend, my midnight call. [applause] >> is this better? a little better? i can shout, that's not a problem. herar?rybody i have to be louder? all right.
week,in the last republican operatives have said on national television that dr. christine blasey ford is not a movement.e me too these 36 said that year old accusations are not a heart of what we currently call the me too movement. they said they should not be this construed as the me too movement. they said it's about the current wave of men being found out for their patterns of sexual assault and other misconduct and have nothing to do with the claims about a teenage boy from 36 years ago. how i know they wish that were true. the fact is, this movement is made up of people just like dr. blazing four, regular citizens
who have been -- like dr. blasey rd, not knowing if they would ever be heard or believed or if anyone would care. they want that to be true because it fits their political agenda, but we have an agenda of our own. we believe you, dr. ford. we believe you, debbie were mayor is. we believe you, anita hill. we believe you, unnamed survivors, and we care. we care because every single survivor of sexual violence deserves someone, many someone's, to care, and at the very least, listen to them. but we also care because we can draw a straight line between the unchecked behavior of a 17-year-old young man and the misogynistic and compassionate hyper politicized believe of this berry grown man, who apparently still doesn't believe women have the right to bodily
autonomy. we believe you, dr. ford, because we are you. survivors,vement of not just because of what we have come through, but because we are constantly trying to figure out how to survive. but what makes us a movement is that we are figuring it out together. they would love to make people believe that this is a movement that speaks out and targets individual bad actors, when in fact, our true goal is to dismantle the power structure that allows these bad actors to grow and faster -- to grow and .ester the supreme court of the united states is one of the biggest power structures there is. we must protect it from being corrupted by this man brett kavanaugh and this man trop, -- this man trump. he has made it clear how he would wield his power if confirmed. dr. ford, like anita hill before
you, we are larger courage, we stand with you, and we will not let your labor be in vain. you, like so many other survivors before you, have labored with your stories and your testimony and your courage and your tenacity. and now we implore you to let your burden down. is theirs to bear, not yours, and not ours. this is a momentous moment, and i hope brett kavanaugh and trump and others like you know that we are not going anywhere, anytime soon. [applause] this is a survivors movement, and we will survive. thank you. next thank you so much.
our next speaker is with the national alliance on sexual violence. >> thank you so much. thank you so much for having us here. beyond -- the feeling that we have right now is beyond words, seeing all of you here and the work that is being done to support sexual assault survivors in this time is amazing. i'm from the national alliance to end sexual violence. what we want to say today that is of utmost importance to us is to let dr. ford, to let ms. ramirez no that we are with you. the sexual assault coalitions in this country are with you. was 11, in 1991, and
inta hill gave testimony judge thomas's confirmation hearings, you could have told that child at 27 years later we would be here with the same type of disrespect, disregard, and lack of support for what sexual assault survivors need, in the exact same situation. it is disheartening. it is troubling. and it is shameful. shame, thank you, it is not. and i do want to say for those forhave not been ported, the senators here who have not shown the support to dr. ford and ms. ramirez that they have, it is also not too late for you. it is not too late for you to turn this around. you cannot call yourself champions for women. you cannot call yourselves
supportive of survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence. you cannot support the violence against women act. you cannot say that -- you cannot say that you are on our side and treat sexual assault survivors this way. this is your chance to put action to your words. and we want them to know that we are watching, that we are assault with sexual survivors and allies in this country, and it is time to believe survivors. thank you. [applause] ebony. give so much, next will hear from kim gandy of the national network to end domestic violence. >> thank you. on behalf of the national network to end the mystic violence, we stand with the millions of women and men who are walking out, standing up,
and speaking out at this very moment, all around the united states. a full,d that there be fair, impartial and independent investigation into every one of the charges that have come likely to comem forward, based on news reports. the process deserves nothing less, and survivors everywhere, not just those women, but all of us, deserve that, deserve fair treatment, deserve respect, recognition, and to be heard and believed. survivorsxual assault often do not come forward, because of exactly what we have seen happen here. because we see that they are disbelieved, that they are
challenged, that they are repudiated, embarrassed, and by the disrespectfully entire society. and women are not going to come forward as long as that keeps happening. so we are all here to say we believe you, we stand with you, and we demand that the process of the senate judiciary committee change immediately, that these survivors be treated with respect, the charges be investigated, and that they take action appropriate, and we know what that is. thank you all very much for being here. [applause] >> it is really raining now, so let's get the blood pumping and do a few chants. i want everyone to say with me i believe. i believe christine ford. ramirez. deborah
i still believe. hill --believe i need a ill.ill believe anita h i believe survivors. i believe survivors. next we have a speaker from the national center for transgender equality. [applause] >> thank you, everybody. half ofe today because transgender americans are survivors. .alf those are the findings of a national survey of 28,000 transgender americans that my organization conducted. one of our respondents said, by
university didn't do anything to help me. instead, they threatened to punish me. i lived in terror the entire time i was on campus. trans survivors know how much is at stake for all of us and what happens here now in washington. so many transgender people know what it is not to be believed about who we are or about what happened to us. so many transient to people -- transgender people know what it is to be told that what they know to be true is false, and that anyway, it's their fault. we heard from survivors who were told by officials that it was their fault for "trying to be a woman." so many transgender people know what it means to struggle with the fear that summoning the courage to come forward can mean putting -- being put on trial yourself. and too often the fact that their abuser was a prominent, powerful person was all the more
reason to stay silent. but we know what is at stake for all of us now in this highest profile of cases. forward women who come withemendous personal cost brave, specific, credible stories are allowed to be pilloried and discordant -- discarded to steamroll an appointment to the highest court in the land. what does that mean for the rest of us? what does it mean for every other survivor? is not aurvivor who privilege professional? for the survivor who also has to overcome the barriers of poverty, racism, trans-phobia to come forward. throughout this process we have seen so much about brett kavanaugh's past, hidden from the american senators anywhere can people. we've seen him evade basic
questions and bring his credibility into doubt, and now this. like so many survivors, including many trans survivors, dr. ford and deborah ramirez were understandably afraid to come forward and publicly challenge a powerful man. now that they have come forward, risking everything, they deserve deserveican people, nothing less than a fair, comprehensive, and nonpartisan investigation. [applause] and instead, what we are getting is senator saying they will listen to the lady, but nothing they learn is going to change their vote. that's right. we are getting the senate's top leader -- "shame shame"] >> were getting the top leaders
saying he is going to plow this through, no matter what the facts are. if that is true, how can survivors trust any authority figure? how can they trust that anyone who harmed them will not be held accountable? this was not acceptable in 1991, and it sure isn't now. there are no do overs on this and no margin for error. senator should remember that. all the facts are likely to come out one way or another, and we will hold them accountable. so they must get it right. it must investigate, because even if this man has the wisdom to withdraw, he is still a sitting federal judge, so we need a thorough, nonpartisan investigation. we need the senate to get it right, in the name of the integrity of our courts and in the name of the dignity of every survivor of every gender whose eight and whose choices will be worse if we don't. thank you.
[applause] so many good points there. it made me think to myself, remember john conyers, and if it could happen to him, then why would we allow, why would we even think about allowing this man, brett kavanaugh, to go back to work as if business is as usual. we cannot let it happen. remember, this just happened recently, where we held folks accountable, and we have to hold brett kavanaugh accountable as well. [applause] so this doesn't end here. --n he inevitably withdraws, did you all here that? when he inevitably withdraws, we still have work to do. annamariall hear from from cpd action.
>> thank you so much. i want to start by saying thank to all the women that have naming ofurageously pain that is shared generation after generation after generation. it is a pain that does not leave you. held in the way that women are holding each other in this moment in this country. i was for the first time today able to tell my story, and still terrified. becausecided to do it it is necessary, when we think about justice. the way that justice works is , and yourecognize harm
take responsibility for the harm. that is the only way that justice works. and when we have a debate in this country about someone being named to have the responsibility of carrying out justice for the entire country, for a lifetime appointment, and that person is not recognized the harm, and most definitely not taken responsibility for his actions, that is not possible, he is not able to carry out justice. he is just simply not able. so think about the questions that will come before the supreme court. the questions about health care. what should our government do to make sure that everyone can go to the doctor? he is not able to hold the pain of the people who have been forced to choose between putting food on the table or going to
the doctor. he is not able to hold the pain , ourmen whose ability ability to control our own bodies and our destiny and the battles that we have fought so hard to be able to control our bodies and our destiny. he is not able to hold that pain. he is not able to hold the hearts of laws that prevent us from basic things, which is to decide how we take care of our bodies. he is not able to hold the pain of voters who are being denied the right to vote and who are being denied the right to participate in the democracy that shapes every minute of every day of their lives. he is not able to hold that because he is unable to take responsibility for the action of one person, himself. why.is
today we have hundreds and hundreds of people that have come to d.c. to make sure that senators hear our voices, to make sure they know that we believe dr. ford, that we believe deborah ramirez, that we ill, that wea h believe every single woman who story and every single person who has had to survive and injure or sexual violence and to live with that pain every day. and we are going to stay in this city and we are going to take to the streets across the country until we cancel brett kavanaugh and until we know that justice served. >> are you still out here with us? look alive, are you still out here with us?
overme hear you say, i'm 18. i'm registered. and i'm voting. i'm a survivor. who votes. watch out, now. i want to bring up next my sister and comrade from girls for gender equity. joann. [applause] >> on the founding president and ceo of girls for gender equity, we haver 15 years, centered those in a movement to end gender-based violence. i join my siblings and partner organizations outside the supreme court to say dr. ford, we see you and we believe you.
deborah ramirez, we see you and we believe you. hill, we havea seen you fight for 27 year so that this wouldn't happen to anyone else. and we have always believed you. since #metoo went viral, we have witnessed the power of survivors everywhere, naming and speaking allow their experiences uninterrupted. the credit to survivors sharing and anger, bravery has begun to change the way survivors are heard and believed. it has led to extraordinary moments of individual accountability that seemed impossible only a year ago. moments of individual accountability are not the lasting change we need and deserve. this moment reminds us that the me too movement is inciting a
true seachange in our culture. moving our churches and schools and even arsenic to believe us. survivors are more than their stories. survivors are strategists, leaders of organizations, organizers and they are moving us to rethink how we shape every single system and reconsider what we could do differently at every step of our journey to end sexual violence. so repeat after me, from our workplaces to our worship places , we believe survivors. from our workplaces to our worship places, we believe survivors. senate, school to our we believe survivors. senate, school to our we believe survivors.
we join these organizations here today calling for a full investigation of the accusations. we are only asking for an investigation to begin. the hearings to be put on hold. there is no rush, this is a lifetime appointment. everywhere, the movement is ours from our young people currently surviving sexual abuse right now, to trance and nine barrier -- non-binary folks, and those who never will. we see you and we believe you. next we are going to have kendall stevens from end rate on campus. rape on campus. >> 3 million college students will be sexually assaulted this fall alone. five transgender
men and far higher rates of and queerf color students, especially transgender students, will be sexually assaulted in college. rapeere representing end on campus and i'm here representing those students, the millions who, every year, have experiences like deborah ramirez experienced at the hands of brett kavanaugh when she was a student at yelp. -- and she was a student at yale . we stand in opposition to who is guiltyone of sexual violence. i'm not just here as a survivor advocate or part of an organization. i'm also here today as a survivor, as so many of us are. traumatization and vicarious from a shuttering its way through the community is even more proof that we are still putting our careers, our
bodies, our lives on the line to be heard and believed. this is survival. us here today is so much more than rallying, than protesting. we are here to demand the right to exist beyond surviving every day. andwe are struggling clawing to survive for the betterment of even those who do not see or care what we have lived through. i have been a survivor for three years. i have been a survivor for six years. i have been a survivor for 13 years. i am 26 years old. , becausever reported my survival depended on it. i simply could not afford the cost. that cost is exactly what is shattering the lives right now of dr. christine blasey ford and deborah ramirez. they are suffering the cost of protecting our country.
both their allegations are deeply disturbing and indicate a pattern of sexual violence that is unquestionably disqualifying. , for too long, has tactically condoned rape culture in our schools, college campuses, and workplaces. today, our democratically elected leaders are faced with a critical question that will have a long-lasting impact on the culture of our country and send a message to young people across the nation. they must answer if this behavior, if these allegations are accepted. is if they decide this acceptable behavior of a supreme court justice, then they will be actively choosing to advance rape culture and turn their back on survivors everywhere. myself and all of us support deborah ramirez and dr. ford and
applaud their bravery to come forward. certainly it has been at a great personal cost. this caused is one that many will not acknowledge or realize, but we do. we know, we see your resilience and we see your strength, and we see your sacrifice. we have had enough of watching predators rise to power and commit awful acts of violence. we have had enough of seeing them rise to power and commit awful acts of violence without consequence. we also lead the fight to hold the line on title ix. i'm reminded of all the ways in which we have had enough of watching predators and their allies protect them. while stripping away the protection of the survivors who need them most. we have had enough. we have had enough in our own educational institutions and in our government. we will not yield.
we will not back down. , we are aommunity force that stands on the shoulders of every survivor that speaks out or simply makes it one more day. we will of each other. we will stand by each other. we will support each other. lasthat is why we will believes andiety empowers us. we are working to build that society. that's one of the reasons why i believe so firmly that we will create a world together. i'm here today to introduce two incredible survivors and activists whose work will ensure that such a world is possible. me in welcoming a survivor and activist. thank you. [applause]
>> i am a survivor of sexual assault on a college campus. i'm here today to talk to you about survivors and how resilient you truly are. i know we have heard so much about how this country consistently backs perpetrators and abusers, and i will not talk about that today. i will talk about how beautiful and strong and brave survivors truly are. [applause] >> survivors are willing to share our traumas with the world just to see nothing change sometimes. we constantly put in emotional labor as if they are doing us a favor. we willingly sacrificed our mental health and wellness for even the smallest aims. gains.he smallest o"re willing to say "me to just to let others know they are
not alone. we are asked over and over again to educate. we make ourselves vulnerable weather on social media or to someone we thought was our friend. we do this time and time again. i want to round everyone here today, every survivor here today, we do not owe anyone anything. we do not owe the president our story, our trauma, our past. we do not owe anyone an expectation of our blood alcohol level. we do not owe our humanity in order to achieve justice. now is the time for us to come together. the only way to dismantle the system of oppression is by recognizing the indigenous community, our black and brown sisters and brothers, undocumented immigrants in the countless others exposed to higher risk of violence. injustice as we experience it.
weekt to knowledge the that we have all had, survivors have struggled every day this week. i know that feeling like you have to share your experience to be incredibly triggering an isolating, but i also know it can make us feel less alone. for those of us who do not feel for sharing our stories, those who don't feel that what happened to us is bad enough ,me, too, and for those of us who are not ready to disclose, me, too. thank you. [applause] evening, discussion about the relationship between reporters and confidential sources in the government. the event, hosted by georgetown university's free-speech project and clammy universities first amendment institute. live starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern on c-span.
look at our primetime schedule on the c-span networks. starting at 8:30 p.m. eastern, former first lady michelle obama, speaking at a get out to vote rally in las vegas. a c-span2 at 8:30, remarks from cia director tina on what it is like leading her agency, including combating terrorism. at 8 p.m. on c-span3, a discussion about the history of refugee resettlement in the united states. >> kennedy senator bob corker is retiring after two terms in congress. we sat down with him to discuss his political career, his early years in business, and the state of the republican party. he also shared his thoughts on president trump and the current political climate. this is 35 minutes. >> senator bob corker, walk us