Standing in front of the doors to Boise City Hall, Shelby Mashigian was stripped to the waist, black Xs of tape covering her breasts. In her hands were two signs, and one of them read, "You tell 'em, sister."
"I thought it would go well with the theme of this particular protest," the second-year Concordia Law student said about going topless. "With lawyers, they're held to higher standards, especially when it comes to respecting other people."
Mashigian was one of approximately 75 people who had gathered for a demonstration against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who came under fire when several credible accusations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him. Amid unrest and criticism, the Senate voted Friday to stop discussion of his nomination, and it's likely a vote by the full Senate will take place on Oct. 6 to confirm his seat.
At the demonstration, people carried signs with slogans like "Kava-nope" and "I believe women." They bellowed chants like "Hey, Ho, Kavanaugh has got to go!" and several people stood before the assembled crowd to talk about how and why the judge did not represent all Americans—particularly LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of color and the working class.
"These issues are all connected, said organizer Max Shue, who works with Answer Coalition and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. "We're here to speak up and stand for women's rights. We feel [Kavanaugh's nomination] is an attack on women."
After a brief interlude, in which a man carrying a cardboard cutout of President Donald Trump plastered with a sheet of paper with the words "#Confirm Kavanaugh" printed on it elicited protest from the crowd, the demonstrators were joined by members of the National Organization for Women, the group took to the streets, chanting and marching in a circuit to Eighth Street, through the Grove and back to City Hall, where they dispersed.