Protesters dressed as ‘Handmaids’ plan to greet Vice President Mike Pence at Colorado GOP fundraiser
Author: Ernest Luning - October 25, 2017 - Updated: December 28, 2017
Protesters dressed like characters in the novel and TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale” plan to greet Vice President Mike Pence Thursday outside a fundraiser for Colorado Republicans in Greenwood Village.
“By wearing the handmaid’s red cape and white bonnet, we will send a strong message to Pence and the administration that we demand freedom and autonomy for women in all areas of our lives, as well as members of marginalized communities everywhere,” protest organizer Dana Miller of the Indivisible Denver group said in a statement.
The outfits, depicted in Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, have become familiar sights at Pence appearances. In the book and a Hulu TV show that began airing this year, women are treated as property in a fundamentalist society — a warning, Miller said, of the “potentially terrifying, dystopian future where women have no rights and are relegated to child-bearers only” that could result from policies supported by Pence, a former GOP governor of Indiana.
“The ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ is not an instruction manual, it’s a warning,” read a sign held by a red-robed protester who stood across the street from a Pence appearance in June at Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs.
A spokesman for the Colorado GOP shrugged off the Handmaids and their plans.
“Peaceful protests are in the best tradition of America — and silly costumes in the best tradition of late October,” Daniel Cole told Colorado Politics.
Citing “popular demand” for more affordable options, state Republicans last week dropped the price of the least expensive tickets from from $275 to $150 for the fundraiser.
The protest will feature speakers from Planned Parenthood, One Colorado, NARAL Pro Choice Colorado, the ACLU Colorado and Interfaith Alliance of Colorado discussing “the impact of policies that control women’s bodies and healthcare choices, and the patriarchal attitudes that undermine women’s freedom, personal experiences, and desired outcomes,” organizers said.
Groups involved in organizing the demonstration include several groups affiliated with the Indivisible movement, as well as Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the Colorado chapter of the Environmental Defense Fund’s political action organization.
The fundraiser is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Protesters say they’ll be there from 3:30-5:30 p.m.