Pence to be met with 'Handmaid's Tale'-themed protest in Philly

Demonstrators will dress in red robes from the novel and Hulu series.

Kristen Johanson
July 23, 2018 - 6:44 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Vice President Mike Pence will make two stops in Philadelphia on Monday, the first at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown to discuss tax plans, the second at a fundraiser at the Union League for Republican Senate hopeful Lou Barletta, where he will be met by protestors dressed all in red.

A group of at least 100 women will be dressed like the female servants and slaves from the popular dystopian novel — and now Hulu series — "The Handmaid's Tale."

"It is a visual protest of the world that the Trump-Pence regime are hell-bent into bringing into being, where women are stripped of their rights and their humanity," said organizer Sam Goldman of Refuse Fascism Philly.

She says it's a dystopian world, "where women are reduced to their reproduction, and seen as a cattle.  And it's a world we don't want to live in. It's a world that so many don't want to live in."

Goldman's group is focused on policies that Pence has upheld and supported that cut into women's rights.

"It is a nationwide movement of people that are working together to build non-violent sustained mass resistance to drive out the Trump-Pence regime."

She says the administration's policies are similar to what happens in the novel. "It's the shredding of democratic norms, however thin they may be in this country."

The group they strongly opposes Pence's views on abortion and women's rights.

"He's not only working to get rid of Roe v. Wade but he is really working to get rid of birth control, and that is because it shows women's ability to be in control of their own bodies, to be in control of their own destiny and if and when they bear children," she said. "And without that basic right, women aren't free."

The group has spent the last week sewing together the red robes and white hats with fabric donated by supporters. 

"Both women and men have contributed to get to the fabric to assemble these materials," she said.

They will gather along South Broad Street in front of the Union League for Pence's visit at 5 p.m. Monday.