Organizers of the Women's March are reportedly planning large-scale, socially demonstrations on October 17 in Washington, D.C. and 30 other cities. The purpose the march is to “send an unmistakable message about the fierce opposition to Trump and his agenda, including his attempt to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.”
The organization behind the event expect approximately 10,000 to show up for a rally at Freedom Plaza before marching the U.S. Supreme Court. At this time, organizers have applied for a permit to host the event, but it has yet to be approved.
If the event moves forward, it will coincide with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings that are set to begin on October 12. Hearings are expected to take four days with a vote in the U.S. Senate soon thereafter.
Barrett's nomination comes on the heels of the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Prior to her death, Ginsburg reportedly asked for her seat not to be filled until the next President is elected. However, President Donald Trump moved forward with Barrett's nomination just a day after her life was honored on Capitol Hill.
Trump's nomination has garnered support within the Republican Party and opposition from the Democratic Party. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Barrett is an "exceedingly well-qualified" and an "exceptionally impressive jurist."
"Justice Ginsburg's dying wish was that she not be replaced until a new president is installed," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
"Republicans are poised to not only ignore her wishes, but to replace her with someone who could tear down everything that she built. This reprehensible power grab is a cynical attack on the legitimacy of the Court."
Barrett formally accepted Trump's nomination. She now plans to attend the scheduled hearings on October 12 in Washington, D.C.
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