Yale cancels classes to allow students to protest Kavanaugh on campus and in Washington, DC

Students held a sit-in today at Yale Law School to protest the Kavanaugh nomination while some of their classmates traveled to Washington, D.C. for a similar protest. Classes were canceled to make time for all the protesting. From the Cut:

Today, 115 YLS students bussed down to the U.S. Capitol, while dozens of others are occupying their school’s halls in a sit-in to demand that the Senate committee conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the mounting sexual-assault allegations against Kavanaugh…

By early Monday morning, members of the law school faculty had already cancelled 31 of the day’s scheduled classes in anticipation of the planned student actions, which follow last week’s silent protest. Law student Dana Bolger, who’s among the 115 YLS students protesting at the Supreme Court and meeting with senators in Washington, D.C., today, told the Cut that everyone is “mad as hell.”…

Meanwhile, in New Haven, students dressed in black filled YLS’s halls, where an organizers told protestors that as a community, they were there to “discuss the very real threat that Brett Kavanaugh poses to this country” and “to show that we take allegations of sexual assault and harassment seriously.” Connecticut senator and Yale graduate Richard Blumenthal also made an appearance at the sit-in, where he told students, “There is no way that the US Senate, in good conscience, can vote on this nomination without a full investigation.”

The protest at Yale Law School included a moment of silence with students dressed in black sitting on the floor:

Meanwhile, another 115 students were in Washington filling the halls outside congressional offices:

As mentioned above, Sen. Blumenthal showed up at the protest at Yale and spoke for about 10 minutes. He described Ford and Ramirez as “survivors” and his speech was greeted by lots of snapping, which I guess means they approved.


Of course, these students don’t have any more facts to go on than the rest of us do. They’re reading the same thinly corroborated accounts the rest of us are. Shouldn’t these students, in particular, be wary of jumping to conclusions based on weak evidence and without hearing directly from any of the people involved? You would think so, but I suspect that, like Sen. Blumenthal, nearly everyone at this sit-in (and in DC) opposed Kavanaugh long before these allegations appeared and would continue to oppose him even if these allegations were withdrawn or undercut by testimony.

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David Strom 8:41 PM on March 20, 2023