Seattle Indivisible has been holding a rally every week since the Inauguration, so this was the tenth in the series. The local chapter of the ACLU joined for this edition, down at the Federal Building, and so did I. I stood next to a woman whose sign read, “So scary that even reclusive introverts turn out.” On the other side was “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
It was raining a bit and really windy, and it would become apparent that the public address system wasn’t up to the task. Nevertheless, Doug Honig spoke, Communications Director for the ACLU of Washington. His first topic was the immigration ban and its effect on the local community.
A more immediate concern was the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Nominees have learned to conceal their ideology during Senate hearings, but it was easy to locate opinions by the judge suggesting that he is more comfortable with corporations than with people. One preoccupation was expressed by the sign held by another attendee: “Neil Gorsuch is no Merrick Garland;” the point being that to confirm Gorsuch would reward the behavior of Republicans in denying even a hearing to the previous nominee. Some senators have indicated that if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency, the position might have remained empty during her entire term. This hypocrisy was unpopular among our group.
It was reported that Senator Patty Murray had promised to filibuster Gorsuch’s appointment. Maria Cantwell, on the other hand, had not given a firm indication of her intention. One placard read, “How are you going to cast our vote?” Since her office was located just upstairs, a number of us planned to visit with her staff afterwards.
But before we dispersed we heard two songs from singer/songwriter Jeffrey Powell. The first was Bob Marley’s Redemption Song; the second was his own, a Prayer for Peace.