R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and actors including Sasha Lane, will also attend the ‘Bravery is Contagious’ march in Washington, DC on Thursday
Figures from the music and entertainment industries have been voicing their anger at the potential nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man accused by multiple women of sexual assault, to the US Supreme Court. Following the powerful testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, one of the women who has accused Kavanaugh of misconduct, at a Senate hearing last week, a protest is planned to take place in Washington, DC this Thursday (October 4) named “Bravery is Contagious”.
Erykah Badu, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and Alicia Keys will attend, as will a group of musicians, writers, activists, and actors, including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sasha Lane, and Peter Sarsgaard. While Billboard describe the event as a “concert”, it’s not clear from the event’s website whether there will actually be any performances.
The concert was organised by Party Majority PAC, who write on the event website that they “anticipate a vote on the Senate floor to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as early as Friday. It is critical we make our voices heard on the ground in Washington. If there was ever a moment when the voice of the people can come together in concert to change the fate of our nation, this is it.”
Party Majority is a PAC founded by Adam Parkhomenko, a Hillary Clinton adviser who previously built the Ready for Hillary PAC, and Mike Lux, a former aide to Bill Clinton. It’s worth noting that multiple women have accused Bill Clinton himself of sexual misconduct – it’s an issue is widespread, and crosses party lines.