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Colo. Groups Send Message to Senators with "People's Filibuster"

A national "People's Filibuster" took place over the weekend in opposition to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. (White House)
A national "People's Filibuster" took place over the weekend in opposition to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. (White House)
April 3, 2017

DENVER -- Activists in Colorado joined a national "people's filibuster" over the weekend in an effort to convince the state's U.S. senators to reject Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Amy Long, an organizer with the group Together We Will U.S.A., attended Saturday's event in Denver, which included human bodies arranged to spell out the words "We Object." She said she believes some of Gorsuch's rulings, such as siding with Hobby Lobby in their decision to deny birth control coverage for workers, show a disdain for women's rights to make decisions that affect their health and families.

"For me to think that my daughters might have less rights than I have enjoyed in my life so far, I think that's terrible and it's unacceptable,” Long said. "We should be moving closer to equal rights and not farther away."

During confirmation hearings, Gorsuch sidestepped tough questions about his position on abortion and his conservative religious views.

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, supports the nominee. He also supports the so-called Nuclear Option to change legislative rules and allow a simple majority vote to confirm. Democrat Michael Bennet is still on the fence.

Backers of the nomination have called Gorsuch "eminently qualified," and he has received endorsements from anti-abortion and veterans' groups.

Long said she's especially concerned about advancing the President's nominee at a time when a federal criminal investigation is underway into possible links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and a foreign government to affect the outcome of a national election.

"We can hold off on considering Gorsuch for a Supreme Court Justice at another time. But when our administration is under FBI investigation, I don't think that's the time that we should be considering a lifetime appointment,” she said.

Long has launched a petition to convince Sen. Bennet to block Trump's nominee. So far it has received over 4,000 signatures.

Filibuster demonstrations took place in more than a dozen states over the weekend.

Eric Galatas, Public News Service - CO