Update from Sarah Jane, September 17, 2018: So. Kavanaugh.
His accuser has stepped forward. The Washington Post published the story yesterday:
She first mentioned the assault in therapy in 2012, and has the therapist’s notes to back her up.
Big shock, I’m sure, that the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee released a statement saying they’ll steam ahead with a Thursday, September 20 vote regardless.
I can’t seem to find something I can link to directly, but if you check the Twitter feed of Washington Post White House reporter Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim), she tweeted it on Sept 16. Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) retweeted it that day as well.
If you read this blog, you’ve been calling your Senators every day about Kavanaugh for a while now, and you’ve been urging your friends and family across the country to call, too. Please keep calling. Do not let up.
Anita Hill didn’t want to come forward during the SCOTUS hearings on Clarence Thomas. She was outed, she testified, her character was attacked from every goddamn angle, and he was confirmed anyway.
Christine Blasey Ford saw what happened to Hill. She still contacted her House rep to get a message about Kavanaugh to the Senate Judiciary Committee. And when it became clear that her identity would not remain confidential despite Senator Dianne Feinstein’s best efforts, she stepped forward.
Do for her what we all should have done for Anita Hill. Call and oppose this nominee. Do everything you can to see that Ford’s profound sacrifice is not made in vain.
We could all still fail to stop Kavanaugh. But that was true yesterday, and true last week. Keep fighting. Keep calling. Keep urging friends and family to call. Keep the pressure up.
Below is a new script from Celeste Pewter that references Ford and calls for no forward movement on Kavanaugh until the allegations are fully investigated.
Language from previous posts on stopping Kavanaugh appear below.
Late on September 9, @Celeste_Pewter tweeted a link to a Guardian article in which Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged he might be needed to break a potential tie in Senate voting on Kavanaugh’s nomination. If that happens, it would be the first time in history that a Vice President casts a tie-breaking vote on a SCOTUS nominee.
Link is here:
Celeste Pewter retweeted the link with this message:
I know all of this feels inevitable, but it’s NOT. The fact that Pence is saying this, shows wavering amongst the GOP. Which is significant considering the GOP have the majority. So let’s call and fight. (And no, I don’t think he’d say it as a fake-out)
Now is not the time to let up. Call. Keep calling daily until the point is moot.
Boost your Democratic Senators for bringing the fight, and pressure your Republican Senators into voting no.
Once you’ve made your calls, encourage friends and family to call their Senators, too. It’s extra-important that you ask those in red states to call and oppose the SCOTUS nomination.
Recruiting others to the cause is key. We need a ton of people calling their Senators 24/7, making it damn clear that Kavanaugh is a NO. Refer to @Celeste_Pewter’s calling script below and forward it with abandon.
Update from Sarah Jane, September 4, 2018: This post originally appeared on July 16, 2018. With the Kavanaugh hearings starting today I am making an exception to my hiatus to offer updated info on how you can #StopKavanaugh.
This is another situation we have to treat like the fight to save Obamacare. We need to mobilize massive, massive, MASSIVE pressure. You need to call your Senators every day on this, and you need to recruit friends and family to call their Senators every day. For serious.
Our friend @Celeste_Pewter has been diligently beating the drum on the Kavanaugh issue, stressing the importance of fighting back and giving options for how to do it. We at OTYCD are reproducing her September 3, 2018 string of tweets on the topic. Scroll down to learn how to support her and her work.
All: Tomorrow [September 4] is going to be tense day for all of us. Remember: NONE of you are alone. If you need a pep talk or cat pictures, ping me. Also remember: we’re all frustrated and angry with how the hearings are proceeding, but let’s focus on what we CAN do at the moment.
Our part in this can be broken down into a few steps: 1. Calling any senators we have on judiciary, and demand they question vigorously. 2. Telling our Senators to vote no. 3. Pushing for state-level protections, a la MA’s Nasty Women Act. 4. Getting 5 others to do 1-3.
If you can do a little more and are in driving distance of D.C. – consider joining the protests. Let the Senate know we’re watching. To paraphrase
@benwikler, the more eyes, the better [The link goes to a Facebook page called Show Up to Stop Kavanaugh!, an event that starts at 6 pm in Washington, D.C. Also, follow @benwikler for updates on the protest]:
If you’re able to watch a live stream, the Kavanaugh hearing’s live stream is here:
If you’re looking to write postcards – and I know several of you write thoughtful, eloquent messages every week,
@getloudnowusa has provided excellent templates here:
And I feel like I’ve linked this a million times, but: 1. Scripts:
@ThisEastonLife‘s handy sheet to phone numbers for those on Judiciary [This leads to a screen shot that we can’t reproduce, but you can find it at the @ThisEastonLife Twitter home page]
4. My Kavanaugh Medium guide, but with specific focus on state-level protections [Including this as a clickable link because weird technical issues won’t allow reproduction of the URL]
Tomorrow’s going to be tough. Everything you might feel tomorrow. = 100% valid. Just remember: keep focusing on what you CAN control. And if we each do those four simple steps? Imagine 4 x 1000 or 2000. That’s a lot of collective power. Let’s get to work. Ask w/ questions.
P.S. 1. For those of you who are looking for this thread in text form, I’m formatting the TinyLetter now. 2. Don’t forget to hashtag any tweets about SCOTUS-related calls with
#ICalledMyReps – @icalledmyreps will boost. Let’s share who’s picking up, staffers to ask for, etc.
Original post follows.
Call your senators and demand that they vote NO on Brett Kavanaugh, Team Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States.
First, an apology from Sarah Jane: I meant to write and queue this earlier, closer to when the nominee was named. Life and work deadlines got in the way. I can only apologize and repeat the fact that OTYCD is a part-time endeavor. Thanks for your patience.
Anyway. We know who the nominee is now, and his judicial record is as noxious as you’d expect, given that he passed muster with The Federalist Society.
We need to push back.
The fight will be hard, but not impossible. And the fight will definitely be impossible if we don’t bother to fight at all.
Your Senators need to hear from you, and you need to be firm and clear. (And polite.)
So! Call your two Senators and tell them you want them to oppose Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS nomination. Then call friends and family across the country and ask them to do the same. And keep calling as new developments emerge about Kavanaugh and his views. (We at OTYCD expect to devote future posts to this issue.)
Remember: Loud, fierce, sustained protests against Trumpcare and Trumpcare 2.0 made them fail. It was the folks who called, texted, left voicemails, and showed up to protest who made the difference. If we can make loud, fierce, sustained protests against Kavanaugh, we could sink his nomination.
Check the link below to see if either of your Senators are on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. If they are, it is extra-important that you call. Bonus points if you do this on behalf of friends and family and update them on their own Senators.
Before you call, you should check the social media feeds of your Senators and see if they’ve issued a statement on Kavanaugh.
If they’ve already agreed to vote no, thank them for that.
If they’ve already agreed to vote yes, urge them to change their vote.
Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_pewter) got there first with great scripts on this topic. The trio you see below are a) a script supporting the McConnell rule, updated to reflect the name of the SCOTUS nominee; b) a simple ‘No on Kavanaugh’ script; and c) talking points you can use to expand on the main scripts.
Please scroll down to learn how you can support Celeste Pewter’s work.
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