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Walsh, Pressley, Ocasio-Cortez to rally at City Hall Plaza ahead of Flake appearance

A vigil to protest Brett Kavanaugh's nomination was held at City Hall Plaza last week.Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe

Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Jay Gonzalez are joining Mayor Marty Walsh on City Hall Plaza in Boston on Monday morning to call on the Senate to reject the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The rally comes as US Senator Jeff Flake is expected to speak on City Hall Plaza as part of the Forbes Under 30 summit. In a dramatic spectacle Friday, Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that he would vote to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate but called for an FBI investigation on the claims of women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.


Monday’s rally will include a number of advocates for sexual assault survivors.

Here’s a look at the lineup of politicians expected at the event:

• Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

• City Councilor Ayanna Pressley

• Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez

• Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York

Additionally, leaders from the the Massachusetts chapter of the ACLU, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, the anti-domestic violence and sexual assault organization Jane Doe Inc., Emerson College student activists, and the organization Boston Socialist Alternative will attend.

“Based on what happened Friday — with his change of heart on Judge Kavanaugh — we just want to keep the pressure on him to let him know that we stand with survivors in Boston,’’ said Rebecca Hart Holder, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, one of the Boston-area organizers of the protest.

City officials said Sunday the Under 30 Summit will be held on the plaza through Tuesday and referred any questions about programming to the event’s organizers. Two spokespeople for Flake did not respond to inquiries about Flake’s Boston appearance. He is due to appear on the summit’s main stage on City Hall Plaza, alongside Ohio Governor John Kasich, but the specific time of their appearance remains fluid, said Matthew Hutchison, a Forbes spokesman.


Meghan E. Irons of the Globe staff contributed. Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.