Demonstrators call out Sen. Whitehouse, Reed during rally over SCOTUS nomination

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Several dozen protesters took to the streets of downtown Providence on Sunday.

For the second Sunday in a row, they were calling on Rhode Island’s senators to do everything in their power to stop senate Republicans from replacing Justice Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court until at least after November’s election.

“Our senators said that they would oppose confirmation; what they haven’t said and what we are here to keep pushing them, and supporting them to say, is that they will do so by any means necessary,” rally organizer Aaron Regunberg said.

The crowd marched from Burnside Park to outside the offices of U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

Regunberg and the rest of the demonstrators had a list of suggestions to bring to Whitehouse and Reed’s attention.

“A ‘how to’ guide with 15 specific concrete procedural actions that Democratic senators could take to potentially delay, block, stop this confirmation from going through until after the election or beyond,” Regunberg said.

Protesters told ABC 6 News that they were hoping after the election Democrats would be in a better position to prevent Amy Coney Barrett from taking a Supreme Court seat.

“I’m a long-time activist for environmental issues and with climate change, and everything. The environment’s really at-risk, and to have a corporate hack, who will side with polluters over the environment, which is what I believe she will do; that makes me come out,” demonstrator Barry Schiller said.

But, Schiller said he was not surprised more people did not come out to join him, like hundreds of protesters came out the previous week.

“I wish it was bigger. But on a Sunday, and COVID, and it was raining before; I feel glad to be able to raise my voice in opposition to Trump’s pick,” Schiller said.

Regunberg said he and other protesters would not stop raising their voices until they were heard loud and clear by Rhode Island’s senators.

“We’re here, because everything we hold dear, every value and right is on the line,” Regunberg said.

Regunberg told ABC 6 News that there could be more events based on the response from the senators. So, details were TBD.

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