Today, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as the newest Supreme Court Justice. (The tally was 50-48, and all who voted in favor of Kavanaugh were Republicans, except for Democrat Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia.) For many Americans, the confirmation of Kavanaugh, who has been credibly accused of sexual assault on multiple occasions, also undermines and disregards all of the women who have come forward to share their stories of survivorship in his wake.
As a result, today’s vote in Washington, D.C., saw hundreds of protestors—ranging from sexual abuse survivors to those opposed to what they saw as a brutal power grab at the people’s expense—gathering on the steps of the Supreme Court and, later on, at the Capitol, to rally in unison against him. Outside, chants such as “November is coming!” and “Vote them out!” gained power in volumes. Some women were also forcibly dragged out of the Senate during the vote, one of them shouting, “I do not consent. I do not consent.”
Photographer Justin T. Gellerson headed to Washington to capture all of the demonstrations, documenting everything from the protestors’ handmade signs to the thematic costumes they wore while displaying them. (Handmade costumes were a popular choice.) Click through the gallery above to see all of Gellerson’s images from the day.