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Protesters to Greet Pence in Colorado Wearing Red Robes From ‘Handmaids Tale’

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A Colorado Springs activist group will be welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to Colorado on Friday by wearing red robes and white bonnets in reference to The Handmaid's Tale novel.

Pence will be visiting Colorado to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, the Denver Post reported.

The group Unite Colorado Springs has planned to greet the vice president in clothing referencing the dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale.

The 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood depicts a fundamentalist society that treats women as property. The novel has recently regained attention since making its debut as a series on Hulu.

"It's our way of making kind of a shocking statement," Ryan Barry of Unite Colorado Springs said.

"It's a way of showing that Focus on the Family and Mike Pence stand for very restrictive, ‘traditional' gender roles, opposition to choice for women, and anti-LGBTQ positions," Barry said.

Barry noted that there would also be protesters not dressed up.

The "peaceful resistance" protest intends to show Pence "what real family values are: love, compassion, justice, liberty, equality, and fighting for the marginalized, the oppressed, the poor, the sick, and the elderly."