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Leave a Comment and Push Back Against Trump’s Attempt to Limit Protest In Washington, D.C., October 15 LAST CHANCE Edition

Push back against Trump’s attempt to limit protests in Washington, D.C., by leaving a comment on the proposal before the Monday, October 15 deadline.

 

Because this came up quickly and the deadline is Monday, OTYCD will feature this action daily between now and then.

 

Every time Trump does something horrible, which is often, word soon breaks on social media about a quickly organized protest in D.C. on public land. And certainly, you are aware of the nightly #KremlinAnnex protests at Lafayette Square, near the White House, which have been going since summer.

 

Trump, being Trump, doesn’t give a damn about the First Amendment and is trying to limit the ability to protest in the nation’s capital.

 

If this goes through, it would curtail the ability to protest on land that belongs to the National Parks Service (NPS). That includes the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, Lafayette Park, the Ellipse, the White House Sidewalk, and areas along Pennsylvania Avenue, including sidewalks near Trump’s hotel in D.C.

 

It would curtail protests by letting the NPS impose waiting periods on granting protest permits; charge fees for erecting barricades, restoring grass, and similar effects of large gatherings; give the police more latitude to arbitrarily end a protest; and ban long-term protests such as #KremlinAnnex, among other moves.

 

Follow the links below and leave a comment against the proposal, and do it before Monday, October 15 if you can.

 

Please note, however: When you submit a public comment, your words and any info you give to submit the comment will become part of a public record.

 

If you have gone to a protest in D.C., please talk about your experiences in your comment. Stress how vital it is to have the right to engage in free speech, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, in its very first amendment.

 

Please alert friends and family who have attended protests, even if they haven’t yet managed to go to one in D.C. If these new regulations go through, they will set a bad precedent that could affect protests closer to home.

 

Lastly, follow Ben Wikler on Twitter (@BenWikler) for updates on this matter. He’s the Washington, D.C. head of MoveOn.

 

Here is the link to the ACLU’s page for submitting comments to the NPS:

https://action.aclu.org/petition/dc-restrict-demonstration-rights?redirect=DC-protest-plan&ms_aff=DC&initms_aff=DC&ms=181010_freespeech_DCprotests_BLOG&initms=181010_freespeech_DCprotests_BLOG&ms_chan=web&initms_chan=web

 

 

Here also is the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund’s background page on the NPS proposal:

http://www.justiceonline.org/take_action_now_stop_trump_new_laws_to_crush_protests_in_washington_dc#/5/

 

 

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Leave a Comment and Push Back Against Trump’s Attempt to Limit Protest In Washington, D.C., Oct 13-14 Edition

Push back against Trump’s attempt to limit protests in Washington, D.C., by leaving a comment on the proposal before the Monday, October 15 deadline.

 

Because this came up quickly and the deadline is Monday, OTYCD will feature this action daily between now and then.

 

Every time Trump does something horrible, which is often, word soon breaks on social media about a quickly organized protest in D.C. on public land. And certainly, you are aware of the nightly #KremlinAnnex protests at Lafayette Square, near the White House, which have been going since summer.

 

Trump, being Trump, doesn’t give a damn about the First Amendment and is trying to limit the ability to protest in the nation’s capital.

 

If this goes through, it would curtail the ability to protest on land that belongs to the National Parks Service (NPS). That includes the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, Lafayette Park, the Ellipse, the White House Sidewalk, and areas along Pennsylvania Avenue, including sidewalks near Trump’s hotel in D.C.

 

It would curtail protests by letting the NPS impose waiting periods on granting protest permits; charge fees for erecting barricades, restoring grass, and similar effects of large gatherings; give the police more latitude to arbitrarily end a protest; and ban long-term protests such as #KremlinAnnex, among other moves.

 

Follow the links below and leave a comment against the proposal, and do it before Monday, October 15 if you can.

 

Please note, however: When you submit a public comment, your words and any info you give to submit the comment will become part of a public record.

 

If you have gone to a protest in D.C., please talk about your experiences in your comment. Stress how vital it is to have the right to engage in free speech, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, in its very first amendment.

 

Please alert friends and family who have attended protests, even if they haven’t yet managed to go to one in D.C. If these new regulations go through, they will set a bad precedent that could affect protests closer to home.

 

Lastly, follow Ben Wikler on Twitter (@BenWikler) for updates on this matter. He’s the Washington, D.C. head of MoveOn.

 

Here is the link to the ACLU’s page for submitting comments to the NPS:

https://action.aclu.org/petition/dc-restrict-demonstration-rights?redirect=DC-protest-plan&ms_aff=DC&initms_aff=DC&ms=181010_freespeech_DCprotests_BLOG&initms=181010_freespeech_DCprotests_BLOG&ms_chan=web&initms_chan=web

 

 

Here also is the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund’s background page on the NPS proposal:

http://www.justiceonline.org/take_action_now_stop_trump_new_laws_to_crush_protests_in_washington_dc#/5/

 

 

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Leave a Comment and Push Back Against Trump’s Attempt to Limit Protest In Washington, D.C.

Push back against Trump’s attempt to limit protests in Washington, D.C., by leaving a comment on the proposal before the Monday, October 15 deadline.

 

Because this came up quickly and the deadline is Monday, OTYCD will feature this action daily between now and then.

 

Every time Trump does something horrible, which is often, word soon breaks on social media about a quickly organized protest in D.C. on public land. And certainly, you are aware of the nightly #KremlinAnnex protests at Lafayette Square, near the White House, which have been going since summer.

 

Trump, being Trump, doesn’t give a damn about the First Amendment and is trying to limit the ability to protest in the nation’s capital.

 

If this goes through, it would curtail the ability to protest on land that belongs to the National Parks Service (NPS). That includes the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, Lafayette Park, the Ellipse, the White House Sidewalk, and areas along Pennsylvania Avenue, including sidewalks near Trump’s hotel in D.C.

 

It would curtail protests by letting the NPS impose waiting periods on granting protest permits; charge fees for erecting barricades, restoring grass, and similar effects of large gatherings; give the police more latitude to arbitrarily end a protest; and ban long-term protests such as #KremlinAnnex, among other moves.

 

Follow the links below and leave a comment against the proposal, and do it before Monday, October 15 if you can.

 

Please note, however: When you submit a public comment, your words and any info you give to submit the comment will become part of a public record.

 

If you have gone to a protest in D.C., please talk about your experiences in your comment. Stress how vital it is to have the right to engage in free speech, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, in its very first amendment.

 

Please alert friends and family who have attended protests, even if they haven’t yet managed to go to one in D.C. If these new regulations go through, they will set a bad precedent that could affect protests closer to home.

 

Lastly, follow Ben Wikler on Twitter (@BenWikler) for updates on this matter. He’s the Washington, D.C. head of MoveOn.

 

Here is the link to the ACLU’s page for submitting comments to the NPS:

https://action.aclu.org/petition/dc-restrict-demonstration-rights?redirect=DC-protest-plan&ms_aff=DC&initms_aff=DC&ms=181010_freespeech_DCprotests_BLOG&initms=181010_freespeech_DCprotests_BLOG&ms_chan=web&initms_chan=web

 

 

Here also is the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund’s background page on the NPS proposal:

http://www.justiceonline.org/take_action_now_stop_trump_new_laws_to_crush_protests_in_washington_dc#/5/

 

 

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Call Your Senators to Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Oct 6 Update

Update from Sarah Jane, Oct 6: The Senate invoked cloture early yesterday. The move closed debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination and started a 30-hour clock leading to the final floor vote.

 

Lisa Murkowski delivered a surprise when she voted no on cloture, which also signaled her intention to vote no on the nomination.

 

Unfortunately, the other three Senators who had been undecided–Jeff Flake, Joe Manchin, and Susan Collins–voted for cloture and stated they would vote yes.

 

I won’t rehash their rationales. I will only remind you that today is the last day to call and oppose Kavanaugh.

 

Yes, you can still do that, provided the vote hasn’t been held when you read this. The Senators can change their minds right up until they formally enter their choices.

 

Odds are too many of them will do the wrong thing. You can still thank those who will do the right thing and make it difficult (politely! Always politely!) for those who will do the wrong thing.

 

Scroll down for calling scripts, which come courtesy of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter).

 

Another way to fight is to join an anti-Kavanaugh #NoJusticeNoSeat protest. Several are planned for today across the country. See this link to find one near you:

https://act.weareultraviolet.org/event/no-justice-no-seat_attend/search/?akid=s691842..oEaapt

If you can’t attend, watch and boost the #NoJusticeNoSeat hashtag.

 

Continue to check the feeds of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) and Ben Wikler (@BenWikler) for news on the vote and on protests, respectively.

 

Taking some time away is perfectly legit. This Kavanaugh madness has been long and tiring. If you need my dispensation to get extra rest, you have it. Just please come back. You’ve got to stay here and carry on the fight.

 

Still another good way to direct your energy is to pour it into the campaign of a worthy Democrat or two. You’re familiar with our Core Four strategy, yes? If not, learn about it here:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/08/17/choose-your-core-four-for-2018-2/

 

Then get to work. Choose two Democrats per chamber, one incumbent and one challenger for each. Work to make sure Democrats take the House of Representatives and do what you can to help Democrats win control of the Senate (this is a longer shot but it’s not impossible).

 

The Senate is the tougher get. The map favors Republicans. If the Democrats hold all their Senate seats and gain two, they’ll win control.

 

The Road to 2018 showcases incumbent Senate Democrats (and one Independent, Angus King of Maine) who are perceived as vulnerable.

Site is here: https://www.roadto2018.com

The Road to 2018 is one of Celeste Pewter’s projects. She encourages you to adopt a Senator by supporting him or her however you can–donating, phone-banking, canvassing, spreading the word.

 

The most endangered among those shown on the page include Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who bravely came out against Kavanaugh the day before the cloture vote; Bill Nelson of Florida, who is in a tough battle with Republican Governor Rick Scott for the seat; and Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

 

Several strong Democratic challengers are aiming to push Republican Senate incumbents out of their seats. They include:

Beto O’Rourke, who aims to unseat Ted Cruz in Texas

Kyrsten Sinema, who’s seeking the Arizona seat that Jeff Flake is vacating

Jacky Rosen, who wants to push out Nevada Republican Dean Heller

 

Once you settle on a few candidates to boost, go to ActBlue and donate, then visit their websites and see what other sorts of help they need.

 

Here are links to several past OTYCD stories on Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives. Most are challengers. This is far from a comprehensive list, and probably doesn’t include everyone we’ve written about who advanced to the general; this is just to give you ideas.

 

Katie Porter, California’s 45th District, where she faces Republican Mimi Walters:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/08/25/support-katie-porters-run-to-unseat-california-house-republican-mimi-walters/

 

Amy McGrath, running in Kentucky’s 6th District:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/08/20/support-democrat-amy-mcgraths-run-for-a-house-seat-in-kentucky-s-6th-district/

 

Gil Cisneros, running for the open seat in California’s 39th District:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/08/22/support-democrat-gil-cisneross-campaign-for-ed-royces-old-california-house-seat/

 

Andrew Janz, who is running against Dana Rohrbacher in California’s 22nd District:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/06/09/keep-an-eye-on-andrew-janz-whos-running-for-devin-nuness-house-seat/

 

Maxine Waters, who needs no introduction:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/06/09/support-democrat-maxine-waters-for-re-election-to-a-house-seat-in-californias-43rd-congressional-district/

 

Mike Levin, who is running for the open seat in California’s 49th District:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/06/09/keep-an-eye-on-mike-levin-who-is-aiming-to-push-california-republican-darrell-issa-out-of-his-house-seat/

 

Jana Lynne Sanchez, who is running in Texas’s 6th District:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/05/26/keep-an-eye-on-jana-lynne-sanchez-who-is-running-for-a-texas-house-seat-in-2018/

 

Chrissy Houlihan, who is running in Pennsylvania’s 6th District:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/05/26/support-chrissy-houlahan-democratic-candidate-for-a-pennsylvania-house-seat-in-2018/

 

Joseph Kopser, who is running for a seat in Texas’s 21st District:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/05/26/support-democrat-joseph-kopser-who-is-challenging-republican-lamar-smith-for-his-texas-house-seat/

 

Adrienne Bell, who is running in Texas’s 14th District:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/05/26/support-adrienne-bells-run-for-the-house-seat-in-texass-14th-district/

 

Conor Lamb, who is running for a corresponding Pennsylvania seat now that the state has redrawn its maps to be less gerrymandered:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/05/18/support-conor-lambs-run-for-a-pennsylvania-house-seat-in-a-march-2018-special-election/

 

Randy Bryce, aka Ironstache, who is running for the seat that Paul Ryan is leaving in Wisconsin’s 1st District:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/08/support-randy-bryces-bid-to-unseat-house-rep-paul-ryan-in-wisconsin/

 

Same again here as with the Senators. Once you’ve made your picks, donate through ActBlue and contact their campaigns to see how you can help.

 

If you’re a regular OTYCD reader, it’s unlikely that Postcards to Voters is new to you. But! Tony the Democrat says that they’d need to recruit a few thousand more writers before they could consider assisting Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.

This is not to imply Tony has a Heitkamp campaign lined up, or even under discussion; he simply said the postcarder army would have to add many more recruits before they could give her the help she’d need to get out the vote across the entire state.

So! How about recruiting new writers to the Postcards to Voters cause? Here’s the FAQ page for Postcards to Voters. Get fluent in these answers, and start convincing others to sign on.

https://postcardstovoters.org/faq/

 

Now, the calling scripts from Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter). Scroll past them to learn how to show your appreciation for her outstanding work.

 

For Dem Senators who are firm no votes [don’t forget to thank them]:

 

Script for bullheaded GOP Senators who are tilting toward yes:

 

 

Script for Joe Manchin (only call if you live in West Virginia):

Script for Susan Collins (only call if you live in Maine):

Script for Lisa Murkowski (only call if you live in Alaska):
Script for Jeff Flake (only call if you live in Arizona):

Script for all Senators (but only if you live in their home states, please):

Lastly, here are general tips for leaving a voicemail message:

You can show love for Celeste Pewter in many ways.

 

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

 

You can tweet about calling your Senators, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

You can adopt a vulnerable incumbent Democratic Senator by checking out The Road to 2018, an organization Pewter created. Read about it here:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/08/08/support-the-road-to-2018-which-defends-democratic-senators-2/

 

You can follow The Road to 2018 on Twitter: @Roadto18

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

 

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Call Your Senators to Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Oct 5 Update

Update from Sarah Jane, October 5, 2018: Ok. So.

 

One copy of the FBI report was made available to the 100 Senators, who were allowed up to an hour to review it.

 

Yes, you read that right.

 

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin evidently was booted from the room before he could finish his review. He said he would return today to finish looking it over and show his cards at some point after that.

 

North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp came out as a no.

 

In doing so, she put her re-election chances in danger. She is a Dem in a state that went big for Trump in 2016. Her constituents had been asking for a yes.

 

In her statement, which she tweeted yesterday, she said:

 

“Our actions right now are an important signal to women and girls across the country, and that signal I hope I’m sending is I’ll continue to stand up and for you.”

 

Her brother, Joel, said of her act: “She may lose. But in the morning, when she’s brushing her teeth, she needs to like the person she sees.”

 

If you are in North Dakota, please volunteer for her campaign, and tell her why. She really needs to GOTV.

 

If you can donate to Heitkamp’s campaign, please do so:

 

Brett Kavanaugh wrote an Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal titled, I shit you not, “I am an Independent, Impartial Judge.”

 

Yeah, that might have worked better if he hadn’t exclusively chosen right-wing media outlets (Fox, WSJ) to get his message out. The Op-Ed was roundly mocked, as it should have been.

 

As of last night, more than 2,400 law professors had signed a letter stating that Kavanaugh is unfit for SCOTUS:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/10/04/unprecedented-unfathomable-more-than-law-professors-sign-letter-after-kavanaugh-hearing/?utm_term=.520720ba82e8

 

The National Council of Churches, which is said to be the largest umbrella organization for churches, released a statement demanding that Kavanaugh not be considered for the nation’s highest court:

https://www.vox.com/2018/10/4/17937312/national-council-churches-condemns-brett-kavanaugh-scotus

 

The Washington Post Editorial Board called for Senators to vote no. More than 30 years have passed since they urged a no vote on a SCOTUS nominee, and that was Robert Bork. See their Op-Ed:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/vote-no-on-kavanaugh/2018/10/04/23495e3a-c7f3-11e8-b1ed-1d2d65b86d0c_story.html?utm_term=.02e52050db93

 

And retired SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens, age 98, who had initially been in favor of Kavanaugh, said that Kavanaugh is no longer a fit. He told the Palm Beach Post:

“At that time, I thought (Kavanaugh) had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected,” Stevens said. “I’ve changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability … I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind.”

Full article is here:

https://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/retired-supreme-court-justice-kavanaugh-does-not-belong-high-court/aXEO6XTeiF8OECimtNxpjJ/

Apparently, this has never happened before–no former SCOTUS judge has publicly counseled against the elevation of a nominee.

This has got to sting Kavanaugh personally. For several years, he taught a course at Harvard University on the history of SCOTUS.

 

Also! Republican Montana Senator Steve Daines will not be in D.C. on Saturday, when the final vote on Kavanaugh will probably take place. He has a standing comittment: His daughter is getting married, and he is walking her down the aisle.

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) retweeted the news and said this:

This could be nothing. They could just hold the vote open for hours. But still

 

There was some brief confusion over whether Republican Senator Cory Gardner might step away from his presumed yes vote. Manu Raju later got this comment from him, which he tweeted:

Responding to reports that he’s undecided, Cory Gardner has been and still is supportive of Kavanaugh, spokesman says. “He had the opportunity to review the FBI report tonight. Nothing in the report changed his mind and he remains supportive of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.”

 

Before that tweet appeared, Celeste Pewter had tweeted:

I’ll be upfront: he [Gardner] might be feinting. But the public declaration that he hasn’t made up his mind, is most definitely worth calling about and following up on. Explore EVERY option.

And at the very least, this lets him know you’re watching. You’ll be ready for whatever he does when he’s up for re-election next [in 2020]. The GOP absolutely have the tougher map for Senate Class 2.

 

Later she said:

For all of you with GOP senators, there are a lot of rumors flying around ATM. Instead of thinking “there’s no point in calling”, recoginze you are in a unique position to yell @ them, and be recorded as a constituent call. At the end of the day, call data still matters.

And BY yelling at them, you’re putting them on notice. The GOP are the ones with the tougher map for Senate Class II.

Senate Class 2 are those Senators who are up for re-election in 2020. Far more Republicans are due than are Democrats. Those Republicans are:

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee

Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Susan Collins of Maine

John Cornyn of Texas

Tom Cotton of Arkansas

Steve Daines of Montana

Michael Enzi of Wyoming

Joni Ernst of Iowa

Cory Gardner of Colorado

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi

James Inhofe of Oklahoma

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

David Perdue of Georgia

James Risch of Idaho

Pat Roberts of Kansas

Mike Rounds of South Dakota

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Dan Sullivan of Arkansas

Thom Tillis of North Carolina

 

The overall message: Call, and keep urging friends and family to call, especially between now and 10:30 am EST, when the Senate will vote to invoke cloture (this is a table-setting move. It is not the actual floor vote; that will likely follow on Saturday).

 

We still have a shot of stopping this. As Leah Greenberg, co-executive director of Indivisible, tweeted last night:

Look, the Kavanaugh op-ed is outrageous. But he wouldn’t be writing it if he wasn’t worried that his nomination is in danger. Show up. Speak out. There are at least four Senators still undecided. The next 24 hours are crucial.

 

If you have Dem Senators who are solid no votes, Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) encourages you to use this script, amending to include events from yesterday, several of which I detail above:

 

Script for bullheaded GOP Senators who are tilting toward yes:

 

Script for Joe Manchin (only call if you live in West Virginia):

Script for Susan Collins (only call if you live in Maine):

Script for Lisa Murkowski (only call if you live in Alaska):
Script for Jeff Flake (only call if you live in Arizona):

Script for all Senators (but only if you live in their home states, please):

Lastly, here are general tips for leaving a voicemail message:

Don’t give up. Don’t despair. There are more of us than them. But we need all hands on deck NOW. Please don’t sit this out. Don’t assume a Justice Kavanaugh can be impeached. We need YOU to stop him. [She’s right, you know.]

If you tweet about your calls, hashtag your tweets with . will boost. Let others know who’s picking up, who to ask for, which numbers have space in their VMs. It’s critical we pool all information possible right now.

 

Ok, got all that? Now I’m throwing you into a thread by Ben Wikler (@BenWikler) of MoveOn, who has info on protests. All of the below is from his current pinned tweet, which he sent on Oct 2. I have re-edited this to take out events that have gone by.

 

Check both @Celeste_Pewter’s feed and his feed on Twitter to stay on top of the Kavanaugh situation.

 

Furious about Kavanaugh? Don’t just sit there. We need your power. The truth is, there’s a LOT you can do. We may only have four days until the final vote, and your voice is needed now. This is a thread about what’s coming, and how you can help. Please follow along and share. 1/

 

What’s next with Kavanaugh? On Wednesday, McConnell sets wheels in motion by filing for cloture. Senate rules require an intervening day before cloture vote—so that vote will be Friday. Then 30 hours of debate & final confirmation vote as soon as Saturday night. Time is SHORT.

 

What about the FBI report? WSJ says it could end by Wed. Many potential corroborating witnesses won’t be interviewed—nor Dr. Blasey Ford, nor Kavanaugh. Once background report is updated, only Senators will get to see it. Don’t bet on it to end this fight. [He included this link to a story from The Hill:]

https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/409516-mcconnell-says-only-senators-will-see-fbis-kavanaugh-report

 

Other than Wed night vigils, what can you do? First: CALL YOUR SENATORS. Call volumes are going through the roof. But unlike w health care, the other side is mobilizing too. Which means your calls are even more vital. 202-224-3121. [He retweeted this message from Liz Ruskin (@lruskin)]  Sen. says the volume of calls from Alaskans on Kavanaugh is unprecedented. Deluge is larger than before the health care vote. “All the voicemail boxes are are literally filled within the first hour,” she says.

 

Call your senators to say no to Kavanaugh—but don’t just call the switchboard. And don’t give up if the line is busy or voicemail box is full. Senators have lots of offices. Find them all at . Here’s Susan Collins, to take one totally random example: [He included a screenshot which I can’t reproduce]

 

Senators employ staff assistants to answer the phone, check if callers are real constituents, then tally their positions. How many support Kavanaugh? How many oppose? Most offices circulate the call tallies to entire staff + senator every day. Your calls are counted. They count.

 

If you don’t like talking on the phone, or it’s tough for you to call, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a voice. One quick thing to do is DM or go to or text “resist” to 50409. It’ll help you write a message & send it as a fax or letter.

 

You know what’s even better than calling/tweeting/faxing/writing? Stopping by your senator’s offices in person. This is the week to do it. Grab a friend or ten and stop by on Wed, Thu, & Fri. Find local address @ . Staff are friendly! Make a plan & go!

 

There’s a lot you can do from whatever state you live in. But if you’re within driving or flying or kayaking distance of the Capitol, I have a request: COME TO DC. There’s a TON to do, led by & . To plug in, sign up w this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfe1qMxy2BFypszJoc5DgiH6YEz1KKsLWR_R8VwfcRqZWWPJw/viewform

 

[Leaving out a tweet that’s now obsolete]

 

Speaking of heroes. Remember when met on a plane & asked him to be a hero? Remember (in a shirt!) & talking to Flake on the elevator last week? Learn to do what they did. Trainings 3x/daily if you come to DC.

 

The atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in DC has been renamed the People’s Atrium. It’s where folks are gathering. Bird-dogging trainings are happening daily at 8:30am, noon, and 4pm. On Tuesday, bird-doggers spoke to more than *60 senators.* Come help reach them all.

 

Want to get trained as a bird-dogger? It’s a skill that will last you a lifetime. is coordinating the thrice-daily trainings. Help them help you by signing up at advance here: … and follow for realtime updates.

 

If you’re in DC, bring some food and coffee to the folks in the People’s Atrium. And each day at 10am and 5:30pm, head out with the folks from your state to visit your home-state senators’ offices to register your feelings about Kavanaugh with a drop-by.

 

FRIDAY, as on Wed & Thu, there’ll be 8:30/12/4 bird-dogging trainings, 10am and 5:30pm DC office walk-ins—and probably a lot more, still in development. Ditto for Saturday. If the Senate votes, you know we’ll be protesting. So make a plan to get your butt to DC this weekend.

 

Is there anything else you can do to stop Kavanaugh? Yes. There is more you can do to stop Kavanaugh. Pull out your credit card. To fight a justice who supports unlimited money in politics, time to put some money into politics. It’s a stick, it’s a carrot, & it’s organizer fuel.

 

The fund for Susan Collins’s 2020 Democratic Senate opponent—whoever that might be—is up to $1,787,311 in pledges from 63,023 people… to be collected ONLY IF Collins votes yes on Kavanaugh. Give to it here. And spread the word. [He included this link:]

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/387413/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-kavanaugh-or-we-fund-her-future-opponent

 

Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, was undeclared on Kavanaugh. Last Friday morning, he came out against. For this act of bravery, he’s certain to be targeted by the right. So we’ve raised nearly $100k to show him we have his back. Chip in here: [He included this link:]

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/moveondonnelly?akid=217353.8237109.3NmZwC&rd=1&refcode=217353&t=2

 

The organizing at the Capitol and around the country requires energy and sacrifice. It also costs money. Here’s a fund specifically to support to organize with folks at the Capitol, like the women who confronted Flake in the elevator. Donate! [He included this link:]

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/388295/support-the-heroes-who-convinced-flake

 

There are so many groups doing amazing work in this fight. Support & follow the ones listed above, plus & many more. Thx to all.

 

And no matter how *this* fight ends, the fight continues. There’s a midterm election coming up that could determine what happens to another SCOTUS seat, or two, or three. (Or none, let’s hope.) Sign up to canvass for Dems at .

 

And while you’re committing to make a difference, take a sec to sign up to volunteer during the last weekend of this election at—where else?—, a joint effort by all your favorite orgs to turn out every blue vote we possibly can.

 

BTW, have I mentioned that Maine is important right now? It is SO important. Other important states: Alaska, West Virginia, Arizona, and let’s throw in Nevada because Dean Heller should be held accountable. Call your friends & relatives in these states, and ask them to speak up.

 

Here’s the underlying message of this giant thread. You have power. For the next four days, you have power. If all of us wield that power, we have a chance to win a fight with impossibly vast stakes. Don’t just scroll through Twitter. Show up. Fight back. The time, folks, is now.

 

So, you heard Celeste and Ben. The answer, as always, is to call, and urge friends and family to call.

 

If you have not called your Senators yet, now is the time. If you’ve called before, call again.

 

Only call your own Senators. Urge your friends and family members to call their Senators.

 

And yes, you have to pick up the phone and call, and I’m serious about only calling your own Senators.

 

Be polite. Always, be polite. Practice what you want to say before you say it. Get it right, master your emotions, then call.

 

This is as serious as it’s ever been, people. Only a large, loud outcry from us has a chance of stopping this nomination.

 

Please honor the bravery of Dr Christine Blasey Ford by making those calls, and then urge friends and family to do the same.

 

Lastly, let me repeat: All of this has been exhausting and enraging. While Flake successfully demanding an extension of no more than one week to let the FBI do additional work on Kavanaugh’s background check is a good thing, Kavanaugh could still get confirmed.

 

Continue to call every day, and continue to urge friends and family to do so. But please prepare yourself for the possibility that Kavanaugh proceeds.

 

You can show love for Celeste Pewter in many ways.

 

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

 

You can tweet about calling your Senators, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

You can adopt a vulnerable incumbent Democratic Senator by checking out The Road to 2018, an organization Pewter created. Read about it here:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/08/08/support-the-road-to-2018-which-defends-democratic-senators-2/

 

You can follow The Road to 2018 on Twitter: @Roadto18

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

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Call Your Senators to Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Oct 4 Update

Update from Sarah Jane, October 4, 2018: Just gonna go straight to Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter), who tweeted the following late last night.

 

Ok. Let’s recap what’s going on, since Twitter is chaotic ATM. 1. McConnell just filed cloture. Here’s what that means: [She retweeted Jake Tapper (@JakeTapper) saying:]

Mitch McConnell has filed cloture on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court — expect cloture vote Friday and final vote on confirmation Saturday

 

2. This is despite the fact no Senators have seen the FBI report – yet. They’re not seeing it until tomorrow morning. The report is being released to Senators/staffers ONLY. [She retweeted NPR (@NPR) saying:]

Only one copy of the report is being made available. Senators — and a limited number of aides with security clearances — will be allowed to read the report in a secure room at the Capitol.

 

3. The FBI investigation has been completed w/ over 40 people not being interviewed. We cannot forget this as we’re calling our Senators. [She retweeted NBCNews (@NBCNews) saying:]

More than 40 people with potential information for the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh have not been contacted for interviews by the FBI, has learned. [That tweet included a link to this story:]

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/dozens-potential-sources-information-have-not-been-contacted-fbi-kavanaugh-n916146?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

 

4. So here’s what we should all do next: – Do not assume the FBI report will make a difference at this point. Even with the expanded scope, the entire thing thing has come off as a sham. E.g. Dr. Ford has not been interviewed. [She included a link to this CNBC story:]

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/02/fbi-does-not-plan-to-interview-kavanaugh-accuser-christine-blasey-ford.html

 

a. For those of you with Dem Senators who have confirmed they will vote NO on Kavanaugh and will NOT flip (e.g. Harris; Casey) You CAN call and affirm their stances one final time. It doesn’t have to elaborate, but template script here if you need it.

 

Remember, the rule of thumb is to call when you have new information to add to previous calls. Your new info is McConnell teeing up the vote. However. IF you’ve called/emailed/faxed, your time is better spent rallying your personal networks to call. Everyone you know.

 

b. For those of you represented by red state Democrats (Tester/Manchin/Heitkamp) – Get Tester to affirm his no vote, like Donnelly did this morning. I doubt Tester will flip, but affirmation is critical right now. Don’t take chances.

 

For Manchin and Heitkamp: remind them there are many reasons to vote no to Kavanaugh, as listed by Tester and Donnelly in their statements. – For Manchin: he praised women in latest statement for coming forward. Remind him, supporting Kavanaugh => doing the opposite. Scripts.

 

Script for Joe Manchin (only call if you live in West Virginia):

Script for Heidi Heitkamp (only call if you live in North Dakota):

 

c. For those represented by GOP senators who will vote to confirm, even if Kavanaugh stands in the middle of the street, screaming about beer: Call anyway. You’re in a unique position to give them complete hell. They have to know we’re watching and we WILL NOT FORGET. Script.

Script for the 40 + bullheaded GOP Senators, so you can give them hell (but only if you live in their home states, please):

 

This is ESPECIALLY if any of your Senators are in Senate Class 2: The GOP have the weak map next time around. Let them know you won’t forget. (You can’t talk elections to an elected/FEC violation. But you can STRONGLY imply it.)

Senate Class 2 are those Senators who are up for re-election in 2020. Far more Republicans are due than are Democrats. Those Republicans are:

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee

Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Susan Collins of Maine

John Cornyn of Texas

Tom Cotton of Arkansas

Steve Daines of Montana

Michael Enzi of Wyoming

Joni Ernst of Iowa

Cory Gardner of Colorado

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi

James Inhofe of Oklahoma

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

David Perdue of Georgia

James Risch of Idaho

Pat Roberts of Kansas

Mike Rounds of South Dakota

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Dan Sullivan of Arkansas

Thom Tillis of North Carolina

 

d. For those of you represented by Collins/Murkowski/Flake: Nothing has changed from this morning. All of this is still being rushed through. – For Collins, remind her Julie Swetnick didn’t get an interview. Collins wanted one. [She linked to a Maine newspaper story supporting that point:]

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/10/01/sen-collins-wants-swetnick-interviewed-as-part-of-broader-investigation-into-kavanaugh/

 

– And not only did Julie Swetnick NOT get an FBI interview, Senate Judiciary slut-shamed her to boot. Ask Collins if she’s really okay with this? [She included a link to a WaPo story supporting that point:]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-on-senate-panel-release-explicit-statement-about-kavanaugh-accusers-sex-life/2018/10/02/714d8abc-c685-11e8-9b1c-a90f1daae309_story.html?utm_term=.707d62388dd4

 

– For Lisa Murkowski: She said this AM Trump’s comments were wrong. She said earlier this week, this is about believing the woman. Tell her nothing has changed. If this was about believing women, a full investigation would have been performed. [She included a link to a KTUU story supporting that point:]

https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Murkowski-Trumps-remarks-on-Kavanaugh-accuser-wrong-unfortunate-495109831.html

 

– For Jeff Flake: Look, I don’t trust Jeff Flake. But I have to hope, if enough of his constituents call and shame him, he’ll develop a conscience. Call and remind him, he questioned Kavanaugh’s temperament. That’s concrete. [She included a link to this Atlantic story:]

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/10/jeff-flake-criticizes-supreme-court-nominee-kavanaugh/571915/

 

She followed this with a script for Senator Jeff Flake (call only if you live in Arizona):

…a script for Senator Lisa Murkowski (call only if you live in Alaska):

 

…and a script for Senator Susan Collins (only call if you are in Maine):
But wait! There’s more!
5. If you’re a DC resident who wants to get involved, follow and contact , sharpish. They help deliver letters for constituents to critical senators. This is another way to help facilitate contact to key swing votes, even if they don’t represent you.
If you want to SEND a letter to , go to: and they will hand deliver a paper copy in DC. (And please thank them!)
6. If you’ve done ALL of these things and need a outlet? Focus on these key Senate Dem races [The following are Twitter handles for 10 Democratic Senators and Democratic candidates for Senate. Restore the ‘@’ to get their Twitter handles]: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Remember. Judicial nominees are voted on by the Senate. Flipping the Senate: – Stops these judicial nominations – Strips Mitch McConnell of his power ASAP. This is the fastest way of doing. Guide.
And if you want to donate to key Senate races? set up a handy way of doing it here. Join the 5,772 who’ve already donated. [She included this link]:
Our jobs over the next few days is to BOMBARD WITH CALLS/EMAILS/FAXES. However you can. Check here for ways to find out which offices to call. (Or you can just google “Senator” and “contact”)
As usual, call tips. * Don’t call Senators who don’t represent you. * At this point, it doesn’t matter if you call DC or district offices. Just try to through however you can. Try EVERY number. * If you can’t call, email/fax/use . Just make contact. [She included this tip sheet for leaving voicemail for Congressfolk:]

Don’t give up. Don’t despair. There are more of us than them. But we need all hands on deck NOW. Please don’t sit this out. Don’t assume a Justice Kavanaugh can be impeached. We need YOU to stop him. [She’s right, you know.]

If you tweet about your calls, hashtag your tweets with . will boost. Let others know who’s picking up, who to ask for, which numbers have space in their VMs. It’s critical we pool all information possible right now.

 

Ok, got all that? Now I’m throwing you into a thread by Ben Wikler (@BenWikler) of MoveOn, who has info on protests. All of the below is from his current pinned tweet, which he sent on Oct 2. Check both @Celeste_Pewter’s feed and his feed on Twitter to stay on top of the Kavanaugh situation.

 

Furious about Kavanaugh? Don’t just sit there. We need your power. The truth is, there’s a LOT you can do. We may only have four days until the final vote, and your voice is needed now. This is a thread about what’s coming, and how you can help. Please follow along and share. 1/

 

What’s next with Kavanaugh? On Wednesday, McConnell sets wheels in motion by filing for cloture. Senate rules require an intervening day before cloture vote—so that vote will be Friday. Then 30 hours of debate & final confirmation vote as soon as Saturday night. Time is SHORT.

 

What about the FBI report? WSJ says it could end by Wed. Many potential corroborating witnesses won’t be interviewed—nor Dr. Blasey Ford, nor Kavanaugh. Once background report is updated, only Senators will get to see it. Don’t bet on it to end this fight. [He included this link to a story from The Hill:]

https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/409516-mcconnell-says-only-senators-will-see-fbis-kavanaugh-report

 

So, what can you do to stop Kavanaugh? How can you help? First, VIGILS WEDNESDAY NIGHT. Nationwide. 64 so far & growing fast. Find one here, or register a new one: . We’ll help recruit. Let’s make these powerful. Again, —pls share. [Not including the link because you’re reading this on Thursday. I’m also leaving out subsequent tweets about specific Wednesday vigils for the same reason.]

 

Other than Wed night vigils, what can you do? First: CALL YOUR SENATORS. Call volumes are going through the roof. But unlike w health care, the other side is mobilizing too. Which means your calls are even more vital. 202-224-3121. [He retweeted this message from Liz Ruskin (@lruskin)]  Sen. says the volume of calls from Alaskans on Kavanaugh is unprecedented. Deluge is larger than before the health care vote. “All the voicemail boxes are are literally filled within the first hour,” she says.

 

Call your senators to say no to Kavanaugh—but don’t just call the switchboard. And don’t give up if the line is busy or voicemail box is full. Senators have lots of offices. Find them all at . Here’s Susan Collins, to take one totally random example: [He included a screenshot which I can’t reproduce]

 

Senators employ staff assistants to answer the phone, check if callers are real constituents, then tally their positions. How many support Kavanaugh? How many oppose? Most offices circulate the call tallies to entire staff + senator every day. Your calls are counted. They count.

 

If you don’t like talking on the phone, or it’s tough for you to call, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a voice. One quick thing to do is DM or go to or text “resist” to 50409. It’ll help you write a message & send it as a fax or letter.

 

You know what’s even better than calling/tweeting/faxing/writing? Stopping by your senator’s offices in person. This is the week to do it. Grab a friend or ten and stop by on Wed, Thu, & Fri. Find local address @ . Staff are friendly! Make a plan & go!

 

There’s a lot you can do from whatever state you live in. But if you’re within driving or flying or kayaking distance of the Capitol, I have a request: COME TO DC. There’s a TON to do, led by & . To plug in, sign up w this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfe1qMxy2BFypszJoc5DgiH6YEz1KKsLWR_R8VwfcRqZWWPJw/viewform

 

[Leaving out a tweet that’s now obsolete]

 

Speaking of heroes. Remember when met on a plane & asked him to be a hero? Remember (in a shirt!) & talking to Flake on the elevator last week? Learn to do what they did. Trainings 3x/daily if you come to DC.

 

The atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in DC has been renamed the People’s Atrium. It’s where folks are gathering. Bird-dogging trainings are happening daily at 8:30am, noon, and 4pm. On Tuesday, bird-doggers spoke to more than *60 senators.* Come help reach them all.

 

Want to get trained as a bird-dogger? It’s a skill that will last you a lifetime. is coordinating the thrice-daily trainings. Help them help you by signing up at advance here: … and follow for realtime updates.

 

If you’re in DC, bring some food and coffee to the folks in the People’s Atrium. And each day at 10am and 5:30pm, head out with the folks from your state to visit your home-state senators’ offices to register your feelings about Kavanaugh with a drop-by.

 

This THURSDAY [That’s today, people] in DC, folks gather at 12:30pm at Kavanaugh’s current courthouse, 333 Constitution Ave NW, and then at 12:30, is leading a march to the court he wants to join—followed by rally at SCOTUS. This will be big. will keep you posted; follow her.

 

Thursday is also a national youth and student day of action, with organizing led by and . Youth & students will march to Senate buildings to visit key offices. Follow them for more info. As says, the young people will win.

 

FRIDAY, as on Wed & Thu, there’ll be 8:30/12/4 bird-dogging trainings, 10am and 5:30pm DC office walk-ins—and probably a lot more, still in development. Ditto for Saturday. If the Senate votes, you know we’ll be protesting. So make a plan to get your butt to DC this weekend.

 

Is there anything else you can do to stop Kavanaugh? Yes. There is more you can do to stop Kavanaugh. Pull out your credit card. To fight a justice who supports unlimited money in politics, time to put some money into politics. It’s a stick, it’s a carrot, & it’s organizer fuel.

 

The fund for Susan Collins’s 2020 Democratic Senate opponent—whoever that might be—is up to $1,787,311 in pledges from 63,023 people… to be collected ONLY IF Collins votes yes on Kavanaugh. Give to it here. And spread the word. [He included this link:]

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/387413/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-kavanaugh-or-we-fund-her-future-opponent

 

Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, was undeclared on Kavanaugh. Last Friday morning, he came out against. For this act of bravery, he’s certain to be targeted by the right. So we’ve raised nearly $100k to show him we have his back. Chip in here: [He included this link:]

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/moveondonnelly?akid=217353.8237109.3NmZwC&rd=1&refcode=217353&t=2

 

The organizing at the Capitol and around the country requires energy and sacrifice. It also costs money. Here’s a fund specifically to support to organize with folks at the Capitol, like the women who confronted Flake in the elevator. Donate! [He included this link:]

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/388295/support-the-heroes-who-convinced-flake

 

There are so many groups doing amazing work in this fight. Support & follow the ones listed above, plus & many more. Thx to all.

 

And no matter how *this* fight ends, the fight continues. There’s a midterm election coming up that could determine what happens to another SCOTUS seat, or two, or three. (Or none, let’s hope.) Sign up to canvass for Dems at .

 

And while you’re committing to make a difference, take a sec to sign up to volunteer during the last weekend of this election at—where else?—, a joint effort by all your favorite orgs to turn out every blue vote we possibly can.

 

BTW, have I mentioned that Maine is important right now? It is SO important. Other important states: Alaska, West Virginia, Arizona, and let’s throw in Nevada because Dean Heller should be held accountable. Call your friends & relatives in these states, and ask them to speak up.

 

Here’s the underlying message of this giant thread. You have power. For the next four days, you have power. If all of us wield that power, we have a chance to win a fight with impossibly vast stakes. Don’t just scroll through Twitter. Show up. Fight back. The time, folks, is now.

 

So, you heard Celeste and Ben. The answer, as always, is to call, and urge friends and family to call.

 

If you have not called your Senators yet, now is the time. If you’ve called before, call again.

 

Only call your own Senators. Urge your friends and family members to call their Senators.

 

And yes, you have to pick up the phone and call, and I’m serious about only calling your own Senators.

 

Be polite. Always, be polite. Practice what you want to say before you say it. Get it right, master your emotions, then call.

 

This is as serious as it’s ever been, people. Only a large, loud outcry from us has a chance of stopping this nomination.

 

Please honor the bravery of Dr Christine Blasey Ford by making those calls, and then urge friends and family to do the same.

 

To stay on top of things, check the Twitter feeds of @Celeste_Pewter for news on what you can do; @ICalledMyReps to see others acting alongside you; and @BenWikler for news about potential protests.

 

Also, if you live in or near Washington, D.C., a rally dubbed Brett Kava-NAH, Just Say No will take place Thursday, October 4, at 12:30 pm EST at the Barrett Prettyman Courthouse. Several celebrities have committed to appear. Bookmark the link below and watch for updated info (you can also register for updates):

https://www.2022243121.com

 

You can also monitor the #CancelKavanaugh hashtag.

 

Lastly, let me repeat: All of this has been exhausting and enraging. While Flake successfully demanding an extension of no more than one week to let the FBI do additional work on Kavanaugh’s background check is a good thing, Kavanaugh could still get confirmed.

 

Continue to call every day, and continue to urge friends and family to do so. But please start mentally preparing yourself for the possibility that Kavanaugh proceeds.

 

You can show love for Celeste Pewter in many ways.

 

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

 

You can tweet about calling your Senators, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

You can adopt a vulnerable incumbent Democratic Senator by checking out The Road to 2018, an organization Pewter created. Read about it here:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/08/08/support-the-road-to-2018-which-defends-democratic-senators-2/

 

You can follow The Road to 2018 on Twitter: @Roadto18

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

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Call Your Senators to Demand that Brett Kavanaugh Withdraw His SCOTUS Nomination and Join the National Walkout to Support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Monday September 24 at 1 pm EST

Update from Sarah Jane, Sept 23, 2018: Now I sorta kinda know how Rachel Maddow feels. I wrote an update post and it was utterly blown out of the water by fresh foul news before it posted.

 

So! Since drafting this update, Ronan Farrow and Jane Meyer wrote a New Yorker story about a new Kavanaugh accuser stepping forward, Deborah Ramirez. This incident happened during Kavanaugh’s and Ramirez’s freshman year at Yale University. Read the New Yorker story here:

 

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/senate-democrats-investigate-a-new-allegation-of-sexual-misconduct-from-the-supreme-court-nominee-brett-kavanaughs-college-years-deborah-ramirez

 

And as that was breaking (seriously, no kidding, these things happened within minutes of each other), lawyer Michael Avenatti announced what turned out to be a third incident, which promises to be far worse, if you can believe it. Avenatti included screenshots in his tweets but I’m retweeting @RVAwonk’s tweets because she quotes them, making them easier to read:

 

“We are aware of significant evidence of multiple house parties in the DC area during the early 1980s during which Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, & others participate[d] in the targeting of women with alcohol/drugs in order to allow a ‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.”

 

“There are multiple witnesses that will corroborate these facts and each of them must be called to testify publicly.” Holy. Shit.

 

And let’s shine a spotlight on the implications for the GOP Congressional leadership, which is mentioned in the Mayer/Farrow story. They had a notion that subsequent allegations would come to light, and their reaction was to accelerate the confirmation timeline. GOP operative John Weaver (@JWGOP) brought the fire on this point:

 

Trying to ram this through should anger every American. They knew last week others were coming forward and they didn’t give a damn the damage to SCOTUS, trust in our government, etc. Moral bankruptcy for sure.

 

I am going to hope and trust that no other accusers step forward between 10 pm EST and the morning. (Please. I need my sleep, dammit.)

 

But, JFC, these people.

 

Don’t let up in your calls to your Senators, but your demand now is that Kavanaugh withdraw. Might not be a bad idea to ask Senate Judiciary Committee leader Chuck Grassley to resign his chairmanship of that group. Because, JFC.

 

Back to what I wrote earlier today, which I have lightly updated in places:

 

Keep watching the Twitter feeds of @Celeste_Pewter and also Ben Wikler of MoveOn at @BenWikler.

 

Between the two you will learn developments as they happen and you’ll get updates on the National Walkout to Support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

 

Tarana Burke (@TaranaBurke) put that together. Here is the key info, from the Facebook page for the event:

 

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has bravely come forward and shared her story about her sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Even though Dr. Blasey Ford has repeatedly stated her desire to testify and bravely share her story, Senate Republicans are doing everything they can to shame, bully, and force her to testify under their unacceptable, inappropriate conditions.

At 1 p.m. EST Monday, join us for a national walk-out to show our support for Dr. Blasey Ford. All you need to do is wear black and walk out – of your home, your office, your classroom, wherever you are – and post a picture to your social media with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors.

If you can’t walk out, you can show your support by posting a video or a picture to this event. Help spread the word: we believe Dr. Blasey Ford. We believe survivors. And we won’t stand for Senate Republicans’ despicable attempts to strong-arm a sexual assault survivor.

 

Here is the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2132578240149628/

 

You’ll note that the walkout folks aren’t telling you where you should go once you walk out–just to wear black, leave at 1 pm EST, photograph yourself, and post it to social media with the #BelieveSurvivors hashtag.

 

Also, keep calling your Senators on Kavanaugh–in light of last night’s revelations, we’re urging you to demand he withdraw his nomination–and keep urging friends and family to call daily. If your Senators are on the Judiciary Committee, it’s extra-important for you to call. Ditto if your Senators are Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, or Bob Corker.

 

Original text, including calling scripts, from previous posts follows. Stay on this, folks.

 

Make it damn clear that you support Dr. Ford and her request for the FBI to examine her claim.

 

Here is a calling script Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter on Twitter) wrote Thursday to use with all Senators. If either or both of yours serve on the Judiciary Committee, scroll down a bit for a special script for them.

 

If any of your Senators are on the Judiciary Committee, it is extra-important that you call, and extra-important that any friends and family represented by them call.

 

Here is a calling script that Celeste Pewter wrote specifically for speaking to Senators who serve on the Judiciary Committee. Below that is a link to the full list of members followed by a written list of members with their party and state affiliations.

 

 

Here’s a link to the full membership of the Senate Judiciary Committee, but I will break out all the names and states further down to make it easier to figure out who represents you and people you know and love.

 

Link:

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members

 

And here’s the broken-out list. Again, only use this to ID Senators who represent you or the home states of your friends and family. The Senators’ offices will disregard calls from non-constituents and might use them as an excuse to dismiss any pressure they’re feeling from their legitimate constituents.

 

The GOP Judicial Committee members:

Chuck Grassley of Iowa (he’s the current Chairman)

Orrin Hatch of Utah (he has announced he won’t run again)

Michael Lee of Utah (yes, BOTH of Utah’s Senators are on the Judiciary Committee.)

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

John Cornyn of Texas

Ted Cruz of Texas (yes, BOTH of Texas’s senators are on the Judiciary Committee.)

Ben Sasse of Nebraska (he has announced he won’t run again)

Jeff Flake of Arizona (he has announced he won’t run again)

Mike Crapo of Indiana

Thom Tillis of North Carolina

John Kennedy of Louisiana

 

The Democratic Judicial Committee members (know that virtually all of them if not all of them have already come out as opposing Kavanaugh, but double-check their social media feeds before calling so you can cite their own words on the matter):

 

Dianne Feinstein of California (she’s the ranking member, aka Grassley’s minority counterpart. She has been taking heat for ‘holding back’ Dr. Ford’s allegation when she was actually trying to honor her request for anonymity; thank her for her attempts to defend her)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont (earlier in the process, the former Judiciary Committee chairman credibly accused Kavanaugh of perjuring himself under oath during previous judicial hearings for a lower-ranking post)

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Christopher Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenfeld of Connecticut

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California (yes, BOTH of California’s Senators are on the Judiciary Committee)

 

Also! Call your Senators regardless of whether they’re on the Judiciary Committee or not. If they’ve already committed to a ‘no,’ thank them. If they’re on the fence, tell them why you want them to vote ‘no.’ If they’re a ‘yes,’ do the same. Pressure them politely, but mercilessly.

 

And know this, too: 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 the September 16, 2018 script from Celeste Pewter that references Ford and calls for no forward movement on Kavanaugh until the allegations are fully investigated. But! Before you pick up the phone, check her Twitter feed (@Celeste_Pewter) in case she’s posted an even more timely calling script.

 

Lastly, check the feed of Ben Wikler, Washington, D.C. head of MoveOn. He will have the word on any #StopKavanaugh protests popping up there. And of course there’s the nightly #KremlinAnnex protests in Lafayette Park, as well as #StandOnEveryCorner nightly protests across America.

 

 

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:

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/sep/09/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-confirmation-mike-pence-tie-breaker-vote-

 

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 , 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]:

https://www.facebook.com/events/251262148834237/

 

If you’re able to watch a live stream, the Kavanaugh hearing’s live stream is here:

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/nomination-of-the-honorable-brett-m-kavanaugh-to-be-an-associate-justice-of-the-supreme-court-of-the-united-states

 

If you’re looking to write postcards – and I know several of you write thoughtful, eloquent messages every week, has provided excellent templates here:

https://getloudnow.squarespace.com/gln/blockbrett

 

And I feel like I’ve linked this a million times, but: 1. Scripts:

 

2. The team’s super handy call tool: (Seriously, let’s kick the
numbers up to 300+ for each script tomorrow, ok?)

 

https://www.blockbrett.com

 

3. ‘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 will boost. Let’s share who’s picking up, staffers to ask for, etc.

 

View story at Medium.com

 

 

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.

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members

 

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.

 

Here are additional ways to support Celeste Pewter, author of the black-backgrounded script above.
You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter
You can call your Members of Congress (MoCs) and tweet about your experience usingthe #ICalledMyReps hashtag.
You can check out The Road to 2018, an organization she’s involved with that defendsand promotes vulnerable Democratic Senators.

 

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