Alicia Keys, Esperanza Spalding to Perform at Brett Kavanaugh Protest

By Sameer Rao Oct 02, 2018

Alicia Keys, Esperanza Spalding, Kweku Mandela and many other artists and activists will gather outside the Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday (October 4) to protest Brett Kavanaugh‘s advancing candidacy for SCOTUS justice.

Billboard magazine reports today (October 2) that they are participating in a newly announced concert and protest, which uses the taglines "Bravery is Contagious" and "Brett KavaNAH." Party Majority PAC, a political action committee created by former aides to Hillary and Bill Clinton to support Democratic party candidates, is organizing the action.

"We anticipate a vote on the Senate floor to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as early as Friday," the event website reads. "It is critical we make our voices heard on the ground in Washington on Thursday."

The concert follows other efforts to prevent Kavanaugh from being appointed to the Supreme Court. These actions coalesced around Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearings week, during which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her. Neither Ford’s testimony nor the other outstanding sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh stopped the committee from voting 11-10 along party lines to advance him to a full Senate vote.

Many advocacy groups have criticized Kavanaugh for his previous rulings against women’s reproductive rights and other civil liberties.