As a result of a disgraceful vote of confidence by the U.S. Congress, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice on October 7. On Oct. 8, working people took to the streets of San Diego in protest.
At 2 p.m. in front of the Hall of Justice, some 200 people gathered in a rally organized by the San Diego branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
A majority of protesters were women, many carrying signs expressing outrage towards the decision to appoint Kavanaugh and showing support for Christine Blasey Ford and Anita Hill. For some, this was not just a rally against Kavanaugh, or in support of listening to victims of sexual assault and patriarchal toxic masculinity, but against the entirely unjust and undemocratic entity that is the Supreme Court.
The rally turned into a march, directed by the event organizers, the PSL and Women Organized to Resist and Defend.
The marchers quickly went into the streets, chanting, “Out of the sidewalk, into the streets!” The march was led by a banner that was inscribed “A woman’s place is in the struggle.” With police driving through the crowd, the chants changed from denouncements of Kavanaugh, Trump and the Supreme court to “No justice, no peace, no racist police!”
After walking a mile down to the waterfront park, the march reconvened on the steps of the back entrance of the civic center, near The Guardian of Water sculpture.
The day of action did not end at the park, however. Another call to action moved the masses to assist a striking union. Once again, the masses reclaimed the streets, walking from the Waterfront Park to the Westin in the Gaslamp quarter, moving from the struggle against patriarchy to the struggle for labor rights.
As the two groups met, the chants became, “Who’s got the power?! We got the power! What kind of power?! Union Power!” and “One job should be enough!” It is no doubt that the chants could be heard all the way up to the suites for the wealthy and the boardrooms for the bosses and executives.