Story by Jennifer O’Connor
Approximately 40 pro-life supporters unexpectedly attended a peaceful protest at the Railroad Green on Sun., Aug. 26, organized by Warwick resident Anthony Vitiello, which was intended to send a message to New York senators to vote “no” on confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
About 50 members of the crowd, in support of Vitiello, attentively listened as he made opening remarks saying that the nomination made by President Donald Trump should be stopped at least until the mid-term elections. He stated that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party have been rushing to fill the seat vacated by the retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“They have been purposely ramming these hearings through before the National Archives could even gather the documents requested by the Judiciary committee to properly vet his (Kavanaugh’s) positions on a host of important issues,” said Vitiello.
While addressing the counter protesters, Vitiello said, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice. This vacancy should not be filled until we have a new congress.”
Among those who spoke after Vitiello was Pramilla Malick, who is running against Jen Metzger in the Democratic primary for the New York State Senate 42nd District on Thurs., Sept. 13.
“I know that many here are concerned about protecting Roe v. Wade and gay marriage that are at risk now because of Kavanaugh,” said Malick.
As Malick spoke, the pro-life counter protesters sang “Amazing Grace,” and recited the prayer, Hail Mary. Both sides held signs supporting their views and beliefs without clashing with one another. Although, at times, they did attempt to out chant one another.
Before the protest ended, several songs were played such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, “Get up, Stand up,” as counter protesters continued to recite the “Hail Mary” prayer.
To view a video of the protest, visit the Warwick Valley Dispatch on YouTube.