Alaskan women sponsored by ACLU bound for D.C. to protest Kavanaugh nomination

Published: Oct. 2, 2018 at 10:30 PM AKDT
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Alaska women, sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, left for Washington D.C. Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to convince Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan to vote "no" on Brett Kavanaugh.

Over 150 women signed up to take the trip. Many are attorneys working in a variety of settings, representing different political views, according to a letter drafted to deliver to their senators when they arrive in D.C. Wednesday evening.

ACLU Communications Director Casey Reynolds addressed the crowd of women at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport before their flight Tuesday evening.

"I just want to tell everybody how amazing it is we have so many people,” Reynolds said. “When we started Sunday night, when our national organization said that we could get some money to go to Washington D.C., we thought, 'Man, if we could just get 20 or 30 people who could drop everything and go to D.C.’ as of today we are well over 150 people.”

Reynolds went on to motivate the women about the journey they are taking.

“It's going to be an amazing couple of days, and I think we're really going to have an impact on the future of this country and the future of the court," he said.

When asked how much change their voices will bring, two Alaska women hoped for the best.

"I think that Sen. Murkowski is going to do what Sen. Murkowski is going to do,” Stand Together Against Rape board member Moira Smith said. “But she has to have all the facts. And she has to have all the passion of Alaskan women to understand where we're coming from, and then she's got to vote her own conscience."

Alaska lawyer Jeannie Sato echoed a similar sentiment.

"I think that all we can do is go and tell them how we feel and encourage them to vote how Alaskans feel this will impact them, and will impact our whole nation."

Pro-Kavanaugh women spoke with Channel 2 as well. They talked of their reactions to the Dr. Blasey Ford hearings, and why they still support the nominee.

“I think that our senator is listening to Alaskans, and if she listens to Alaskans, and not special interests, i would argue that she will confirm Kavanaugh," Anchorage resident Portia Noble said.

"I just think what they've done to a man, to completely destroy a man on nothing but hearsay,” Anchorage resident Judy Eledge said. “And I'm not going to say that Dr. Ford wasn't sexually assaulted at one time. But I do not believe she was believable at all."

The women leaving Alaska for D.C. are caring a much different message, and a much different hope for how Alaska's two U.S. senators will vote.

The Alaskan women bound for D.C have a 9:00 meeting with Sen. Sullivan Thursday morning. They are still working with Sen. Murkowski on a possible meeting time.