On Monday, September 24 at 1 p.m. ET, thousands of women and men walked out of their homes, workplaces, and classrooms in a moment of solidarity with Brett Kavanaugh accusers Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.
The protest, initiated by the Time’s Up organization and several women’s groups, called for people to wear black, walk out, and document their support using the #BelieveSurvivors hashtag.
The call to action comes in the wake of multiple accusations leveled against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. On September 16, Ford went public with allegations that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a high school party in 1982. The following week, on September 23, The New Yorker published the account of Ramirez, who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale University party during the 1983-84 school year. Kavanaugh and the White House have denied both accusations.
Even before the walkout officially began at 1 p.m. ET, protestors gathered outside of several senators’ offices on Capitol Hill, wearing black “Be a Hero” T-shirts and making their voices heard. Multiple arrests were reported.
— Monica Klein (@MonicaCKlein) September 24, 2018
Of course, many more protests were not met with police action. Whether in groups or solo (or with feline friends!), black-clad supporters across the country showed that they #BelieveSurvivors.
You betta believe the women (and men) in our home #supportwomen 🚺✊🏽Abby even wore black to show her support 🖤 #believewomen #letwomenspeak #believesurvivors #womenmustbeheard #timesup pic.twitter.com/sXFZYysc3D
— Sara Cravens (@ThatsSoCravens) September 24, 2018
— Planned Parenthood (@PPAWI) September 24, 2018
— Trey Lawson (@T_Lawson) September 24, 2018
— Jackie Sinclair (@MamaJay65) September 24, 2018
— Jenn Hoppe (@beanthere) September 24, 2018
Thank you Dr Christine Ford for standing up pic.twitter.com/asu1O6FIMg
— Jack Torres (@JackTorres00) September 24, 2018
— Andrea Purse (@drepurse) September 24, 2018
— Diana Medina (@Dianadjm) September 24, 2018
A number of celebrities—from America Ferrera to Eric McCormack—also pressed pause to protest.
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) September 24, 2018
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) September 24, 2018
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) September 24, 2018
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 24, 2018
— Allison Janney (@AllisonBJanney) September 24, 2018
— Felicia Day (@feliciaday) September 24, 2018
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 24, 2018
If you want to further support the work Time’s Up is doing to help survivors of sexual assault, you can donate to its GoFundMe account, which has nearly reached its $22.5 million fundraising goal.