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Call Your Senators to Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Oct 3 Update

Update from Sarah Jane, October 3, 2018: Mitch McConnell is still bloviating about holding a vote on Kavanaugh this week.

 

Yesterday Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) tweeted this message, bracketed by a bunch of siren emojis. I’m not including the link to the Wall Street Journal story because it’ll be paywalled, but you get the point:

 

All, are you calling your Senators about Kavanaugh? Per the investigation could wrap by tomorrow, Wednesday [October 3]. Remember what I’ve said. This is a moving target. Take this seriously. Script again in next tweet

 

She retweeted this New York Times tweet and encouraged West Virginians to keep up the pressure:

 

The Manchin campaign said that he spoke with protesters “to listen to their stories and views on Brett Kavanaugh.” One protester said they also told him their own stories of sexual abuse.

 

NYT story link is here:

 

She also tweeted a link to a story from The Hill that stated that Deborah Ramirez’s lawyer says the FBI hasn’t contacted corroborating witnesses:

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/409545-kavanaugh-accuser-ramirezs-attorney-worries-fbi-not-conducting

 

She included this with that retweet: Related. Even with the expanded scope, I’m of the opinion we have to consider the GOP will basically try to ram this through no matter what. Be LOUD. Now is the time.

 

And she retweeted Sahil Kapur (@SahilKapur), a political reporter for Bloomberg News, who tweeted this yesterday afternoon:

News: Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers write a letter to the FBI saying they’ve offered to cooperate with the Kavanaugh investigation and asked to contact the agent in charge, but: “We have received no response.”

 

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.

 

Here is Celeste Pewter’s latest general script for all Senators. Please check her feed, @Celeste_Pewter, for the freshest, most up-to-date scripts. Please tweet about your calling experiences to #ICalledMyReps, noting full voice-mail boxes and whether and how readily the office staff for your Senators picks up the phone.

 

Because GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell made at least one public appeal to move Collins in his direction, and because Collins reportedly asked the FBI to include the Swetnick allegations in the re-opened probe (Swetnick is Michael Avenatti’s client), Celeste Pewter retweeted her script for Collins, saying:

 

Maine pals – call and support this request [of Collins’s, to include Swetnick] . Reiterate to her if this doesn’t happen, she HAS to vote no.

 

Here is the Collins script. Again, if you’re not from Maine, DO NOT CALL. Instead, recruit friends and family in Maine to call.

 

 

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 Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Oct 2 Update

Update from Sarah Jane, October 2, 2018: Ok, first, the good news.

 

Yesterday, Senator Jeff Flake was in Boston to appear at a Forbes magazine event. Lots of folks came together at City Hall Plaza, around 10 am, on a weekday, to protest the Kavanaugh nomination. See the October 1 tweet from the Boston Globe:

 

Protesters began converging shortly on Boston City Hall Plaza before 10 a.m., where Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, a key figure in the nomination battle, was slated to appear later in the day as part of the Forbes Under 30 Summit.

 

Here’s a link to the story (which is behind a paywall):

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/10/01/city-hall-plaza-protest-calls-sen-flake-reject-kavanaugh-for-supreme-court/xPzjW6IIq40Lc9QwAdH0lN/story.html?s_campaign=bostonglobe%3Asocialflow%3Atwitter

 

This article from the Guardian states that 1,500 people managed to appear at short notice, on a weekday morning. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez got there too, and spoke, as did House of Representatives candidate Ayanna Pressley.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/01/jeff-flake-brett-kavanaugh-latest-boston-protests

 

Quotes from Flake in the article point to more good news:

Flake told a crowd of young entrepreneurs attending a Forbes “Under 30” business summit that his staff is in contact with White House counsel to make sure the investigation into accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh is “up to standard”.

Despite White House assurances of an unrestricted investigation, there have been complaints about limited time and scope for the FBI to investigate allegations by California professor Dr Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school, and allegations by two other women of sexual misconduct.

“We ought to have more information, not less,” he said. He called Ford’s testimony before the Senate judiciary committee last Thursday “compelling and credible”.

 

After initial confusion and back-and-forthing on the matter, reporters at the New York Times confirmed that the White House removed at least some restrictions on the FBI investigation of Kavanaugh’s background, provided it stuck to the no-more-than-a-week timeline. From Peter Baker (@PeterBakerNYT), early yesterday afternoon:

 

Breaking: White House authorizes FBI to expand its abbreviated investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh by interviewing anyone it deems necessary as long the review is finished by the end of the week.

 

Full NYT story:

 

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) retweeted this yesterday, saying:

Public pressure definitely helped. Keep it up, all. And please continue to call your Senators.

Important to add: the article doesn’t fully clarify where Julie Swetnick’s allegation stands at the moment, or any relevant examinations into Kavanaugh’s drinking. Let’s make sure we continue to push on these two issues – they continue to be critical to all of this.

 

Later on, after urging us to support endangered incumbent Democratic Senators, she tweeted:

 

IMPORTANT: McConnell confirmed the vote on Kavanaugh is this week. This is not a surprise; it was basically confirmed last week, especially with the procedural vote. But confirmation confirms we are quickly running out of time. Call your Senators.

 

She also retweeted a statement from Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, which indicated that he would ‘continue to listen to all West Virginians’ and would make his decision ‘based on the facts,’ followed by a sympathetic statement about survivors of sexual assault.

 

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 7 pm EST. Location is TBD. Several celebrities have committed to appear. Bookmark the link below and watch for updated info:

https://www.2022243121.com

 

Last bit of good news worth noting: It’s October 2. That means SCOTUS is back in session, and Kavanaugh is not on the bench. At least not as I type this. Stay firm and focused, and perhaps we can ensure that he never joins that bench.

 

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.

 

Here is Celeste Pewter’s general script for all Senators. Please check her feed, @Celeste_Pewter, for the freshest, most up-to-date scripts. Please tweet about your calling experiences to #ICalledMyReps, noting full voice-mail boxes and whether and how readily the office staff picks up the phone.

 

Because GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell made at least one public appeal to move Collins in his direction, and because Collins reportedly asked the FBI to include the Swetnick allegations in the re-opened probe (Swetnick is Michael Avenatti’s client), Celeste Pewter retweeted her script for Collins, saying:

 

Maine pals – call and support this request [of Collins’s, to include Swetnick] . Reiterate to her if this doesn’t happen, she HAS to vote no.

 

Here is the Collins script. Again, if you’re not from Maine, DO NOT CALL. Instead, recruit friends and family in Maine to call.

 

 

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 Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Oct 1 Update

Update from Sarah Jane, October 1, 2018: On Friday September 28, Trump, at Senator Jeff Flake’s urging, finally allowed the FBI to re-open its background check on Kavanaugh and examine charges that came to light recently.

 

The bad news is in making that request, Flake also cast the vote that moved the nomination out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, starting the countdown on subsequent votes on Kavanaugh.

 

Flake’s request made his own final vote contingent on an FBI investigation that could take no more than one week.

 

That DOES NOT mean the FBI has a week to investigate. That means they have to stop after one week. They could end earlier.

 

Earlier this morning, Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) tweeted a link to a New York Times story that indicated the FBI investigation could end as soon as TODAY:

 

Key passage (bold is mine): “Officials said the F.B.I.’s ‘limited’ supplemental background check of Judge Kavanaugh could be finished by Monday morning. Set in motion late last week by three Senate Republicans, the inquiry was supposed to shed further light on accusations that Judge Kavanaugh engaged in sexual misconduct during his high school and college years and help resolve the fierce national debate over whether he should win confirmation to the Supreme Court.”

 

Full link:

…And this went down against the backdrop of weekend reports that showed that the White House was putting unreasonable limits on the FBI’s investigation, a Trump claim on Twitter that he was not curtailing the agency, and a second round of stories debunking that claim.

 

The answer, as always, is to call, and urge friends and family to call.

 

This time, Celeste has a custom script for ALL Senators. Because the Senate Judiciary Committee vote happened on Friday, the focus shifts to everyone now. I have updated this rolling post accordingly.

 

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.

 

Here is Celeste Pewter’s general script for all Senators. Please check her feed, @Celeste_Pewter, for the freshest, most up-to-date scripts. Please tweet about your calling experiences to #ICalledMyReps, noting full voice-mail boxes and whether and how readily the office staff picks up the phone.

 

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, Sept 29-30 Update

Update from Sarah Jane, Sept. 29-30, 2018: So, Jeff Flake actually did a give-with-one-hand-take-away-with-the-other move.

 

Flake, a Republican Senator from Arizona who sits on the Judiciary Committee, voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination out of the committee, but made it conditional. He asked for a pause of one week to allow the FBI to re-open its background check on Kavanaugh and look into various charges. It’s assumed Flake wants to limit it to the three named alleged victims.

 

Trump, who has to formally permit the FBI to re-open the background check, has indicated he will do so.

 

The answer, as always, is to call. On weekends, you’ll be leaving voicemails.

 

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

 

If one or both of your Senators are on the Judiciary Committee, it is extra-important for you to call.

 

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.

 

Calling scripts from Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) are below.

 

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.

 

Here is Celeste Pewter’s general script for all Senators. Please check her feed, @Celeste_Pewter, for the freshest, most up-to-date scripts. The previous script she wrote for speaking to Judiciary Committee members appears below this one.

 

Before I give you the Judiciary Committee script (and again, before you call, check @Celeste_Pewter to see if she’s posted a fresher script before you call, and then tweet about your action with the #ICalledMyReps hashtag), here is a link to the membership of the committee:

 

Link:

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

 

And here’s the broken-out list of all current sitting members. 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. And again, compose yourself, and be unfailingly polite when you call.

 

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)

 

Now here’s the (possibly out of date) calling script from Celeste Pewter. Scroll past it to learn how to reward her efforts:

 

And since I slotted that, she started producing scripts for a few individual GOP Judiciary Committee members. So, here we go:

 

Chuck Grassley:

 

Orrin Hatch:

 

Lindsey Graham:

 

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, Sept 28 Update. Also, Wear Black and Join the Protest Outside Your Senators’ Offices Today at Noon Your Time

Update from Sarah Jane, September 27, 2018: As I type this at not-quite-10 pm EST, the GOP Senators do not have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh.

 

Nevertheless their plan is to hold a Judiciary Committee vote at 9:30 am on Friday, September 28, with the first floor vote to follow on Saturday, leading to a full floor vote next week.

 

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

 

If one or both of your Senators are on the Judiciary Committee, it is extra-important for you to call.

 

If you live in West Virginia, it’s extra-important that you call Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. He seems to be wavering, per these September 27 tweets from Elaina Plott (@elainaplott ) a writer at The Atlantic:

Interesting: A source close to Senator Manchin tells me now, “Short of claims that definitively prove Dr. Ford’s allegations or a realization that Kavanaugh will gut the healthcare law, Manchin will side with the overwhelming number of people in WV who want Kavanaugh confirmed.”

“Manchin likes Kavanaugh and has always wanted to find a way to support him.”

Manchin, of course, left his meeting with Collins, Murkowski, and Flake saying he was unsure. But thought source’s use of “definitively prove” was interesting.

I’m not convinced Manchin would vote yes, FWIW, if Collins and Murkowski decide to vote no.

Here’s what I’m wondering: if Collins and Murkowski vote yes, are there other red state Dems who could be picked off?

Manchin spokesman Jonathan Kott: “He is one-hundred percent undecided and remains so.”

 

Back to the One Thing You Can Do: 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.

 

I’m clearing all accumulated material from past daily #StopKavanaugh posts and refocusing them. Calling scripts from Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) are below.

 

But also know: As of noon your time, wherever you are, folks will be holding protests outside your Senators’ offices. The protesters will dress in black. See this tweet from last night from Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL:

 

RED ALERT: They are saying they will move forward. NOON TOMORROW LOCAL TIME at your local Senate offices. Wear black. Take signs. Take photos. Sit in. Make them listen.

 

Obviously the tenor of the protests will be different depending on whether your Senators have committed to voting no, or yes, or are undecided. Regardless, be polite and respectful, and be prepared to be arrested.

 

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.

 

Here is Celeste Pewter’s general script for all Senators. She’s still working on a new script for Judiciary Committee members. Please check her feed, @Celeste_Pewter, for the freshest, most up-to-date version. In the meantime I am going to post the previous script she wrote for speaking to Judiciary Committee members below this one.

 

Before I give you the Judiciary Committee script (and again, before you call, check @Celeste_Pewter to see if she’s posted a fresher script before you call, and then tweet about your action with the #ICalledMyReps hashtag), here is a link to the membership of the committee:

 

Link:

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

 

And here’s the broken-out list of all current sitting members. 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. And again, compose yourself, and be unfailingly polite when you call.

 

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)

 

Now here’s the (possibly out of date) calling script from Celeste Pewter. Scroll past it to learn how to reward her efforts:

 

And since I slotted that, she started producing scripts for a few individual GOP Judiciary Committee members. So, here we go:

 

Chuck Grassley:

 

Orrin Hatch:

 

Lindsey Graham:

 

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, Sept 27 Update. NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL AND URGE OTHERS TO CALL

Update from Sarah Jane, Sept 26: Shit be weird, folks.
Not even going to get into Trump’s guanopsychotic press conference. Nope. Don’t care if he was trying to distract from Kavanaugh or not. Gonna focus on Kavanaugh and that’s that.

 

Not paying attention to new accusations by anonymous people until there’s more proof. We have three with names of specific people attached. Let’s stick with them.

 

Also, consider this: If Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell thought he had the votes to shove this nomination through, he’d have called the vote already. So, there’s that.

 

The nomination could well fall apart before this post appears. Who knows?

 

The answer, as always: Keep calling, people, and keep urging friends and family to call.

 

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter on Twitter) just wrote a few more scripts that are specific to individual Republican Senators. I am going to reproduce them here.

 

Also not a bad idea: Keep watching the Twitter feeds of @Celeste_Pewter and also Ben Wikler of MoveOn at @BenWikler for responses to breaking news and potential protest actions.

 

Time for a full court press, people. We know you’ve been doing this. We need you to keep doing this and keep recruiting others to do it. Carry on, carry on.

 

First, here’s a new Celeste Pewter script suitable for all Senators:

 

Here’s one for Senate Judiciary Committee leader Chuck Grassley of Iowa:

 

Here’s a script for Senate Judiciary Committee member Orrin Hatch of Utah:

 

Here’s a script for Senate Judiciary Committee member Lindsey Graham of South Carolina:

 

Here’s a script for Senate Judiciary Committee member John Cornyn of Texas:

 

And here’s a script for Senate Judiciary Committee member Ted Cruz of Texas:

 

 

Previous text, including fresh calling scripts and earlier scripts from previous posts follows. Stay on this, folks.

 

And hey! Don’t forget! Only call YOUR OWN Senators. Want to reach folks who don’t represent you? Urge friends and family from those states to call those Senators. Leave the lines free for folks who won’t get dismissed out of hand.

 

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 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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Call Your Senators to Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sept 26 Update. NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL AND URGE OTHERS TO CALL

Update from Sarah Jane, September 26, 2018: So, the GOP has scheduled a committee vote on Kavanaugh for Friday.

 

Yes, for the day after they hear testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

 

That shows you how serious the GOP is about hearing out Ford and Ramirez, or actually considering the accumulating evidence against Kavanaugh’s fitness for SCOTUS.

 

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) tweeted the following last night:

 

All hands on deck, all. If you haven’t called your Senators at (202) 224-3121, do it now. If you’ve called, DO IT AGAIN. NO to Kavanaugh. Don’t let him pass through committee.

 

If you don’t have a member on Judiciary, tell them NO for the full floor vote. The objective is to stop this in committee, but given the makeup of the committee, I suspect it’s unlikely. So once it hits the floor, we have to: – lock in all Dems, – flip two GOP.

 

Lock in: – Manchin – Heitkamp – Jones – Donnelly Try to flip: – Collins (TBD, honestly) – Murkowski – Flake (maybe) So if you’re repped by any of these Senators? Your calls are especially crucial right now.

 

[Citing a tweet about scheduling from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is a screen shot I can’t reproduce] Let’s be honest, do we really think Grassley will delay? No, unless there’s overwhelming outrage. Be loud and CALL YOUR SENATORS.

 

Yep. Keep calling your Senators on Kavanaugh, 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.

 

Also not a bad idea: Keep watching the Twitter feeds of @Celeste_Pewter and also Ben Wikler of MoveOn at @BenWikler for responses to breaking news and potential protest actions.

 

Time for a full court press, people. We know you’ve been doing this. We need you to keep doing this and keep recruiting others to do it. Carry on, carry on.

 

Previous text, including fresh calling scripts and earlier scripts from previous posts follows. Stay on this, folks.

 

And hey! Don’t forget! Only call YOUR OWN Senators. Want to reach folks who don’t represent you? Urge friends and family from those states to call those Senators. Leave the lines free for folks who won’t get dismissed out of hand.

 

Here is a calling script Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter on Twitter) wrote on Tuesday 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 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.

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!
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Call Your Senators and Say You Want the FBI to Look Into the Various and Accumulating Allegations Against SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sept 25 Update. If You Haven’t Called Before, NOW IS THE TIME

Update from Sarah Jane, September 25, 2018: So. Since Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow published their piece in the New Yorker about what happened between Brett Kavanaugh and fellow Yale freshman Deborah Ramirez, and since Michael Avenatti announced he had a third allegation from an as-of-now anonymous person, we got news that a fourth potential victim is talking to Maryland police. Maryland, the state where Kavanaugh grew up, has no statute of limitations on such crimes.

 

Evidently, Team Trump was so desperate to distract from Kavanaugh’s implosion that he called Rod Rosenstein to the White House, causing a media panic and confusion. Was he resigning? Was he fired? Turned out to be neither. Rosenstein was subbing in for Sessions in a meeting, but the White House announced Rosenstein would be back for another meeting on–what a coincidence!–Thursday. The same day Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is set to testify.

 

This Vanity Fair story claims the Rosenstein thing was meant to create a smoke screen to misdirect public attention away from Kavanaugh:

 

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/09/trump-wanted-to-nuke-rosenstein-to-save-kavanaughs-bacon

 

Unfortunately for them, they did not know or care about the #BelieveSurvivors event that happened at 1 pm EST. Folks wore black, walked out of wherever they were, photographed themselves, and uploaded the images to the hashtag. Alexandra Erin, who is worth your follow on Twitter (@AlexandraErin), noted that #BelieveSurvivors trended above #RodRosenstein for a good bit yesterday, which, while not scientific, does serve as a barometer of the public will and interest.

 

Important side note on Rod Rosenstein: The folks behind the Trump Is Not Above the Law protests put out an email clarifying that we protest only if Rosenstein is fired. If he resigns, we stay home.

 

Not a bad time to refresh yourself on where your local protest site is:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/05/01/note-where-the-nearest-nobody-is-above-the-law-rally-takes-place-now-just-in-case-if-trump-does-fire-mueller-or-rosenstein-etc-the-server-might-crash/

 

Yep, there’s more. Yesterday afternoon, Senator Mitch McConnell lost his shit on the Senate floor and ranted about Democrats and affirmed his commitment to getting Kavanaugh a vote:

 

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/mitch-mcconnell-decries-kavanaugh-accusations-smear-campaign

 

Kavanaugh appeared on Fox News for an interview. Not gonna bother linking to that but the consensus seems to be he didn’t do well with pseudo-state television’s softballs, and it showed that he wouldn’t do well under Senate questioning, either.

 

Also! Senator Susan Collins, who is infamously undecided on Kavanaugh, and whose no vote would be key to defeating his nomination, said yesterday that Deborah Ramirez should speak with Senate staff under oath. See this piece from The Hill:

 

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/408176-collins-second-kavanaugh-accuser-should-speak-with-senate-panel-under-oath

 

And what does Celeste Pewter say, you ask?

 

Someone just asked me what to ask for re: , given the GOP seem hell-bent on trying to force this nomination through. 1. Reiterate the nomination should be pulled. But, 2. The FBI should reopen their investigation. 3. No votes. No in committee, no on the floor.

 

1. Stalling the nomination into the FBI can investigate (per Feinstein’s last letter), 2. Giving Deborah Ramirez (+ 3rd victim) the opportunity to testify, if they seek it. In a nutshell: reiterate Kavanaugh shouldn’t go forward. But if he does, vote no.

 

The answer, as it has been for weeks: Keep calling your Senators on Kavanaugh, 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.

 

Also not a bad idea: Keep watching the Twitter feeds of @Celeste_Pewter and also Ben Wikler of MoveOn at @BenWikler for responses to breaking news and potential protest actions.

 

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

 

And hey! Don’t forget! Only call YOUR OWN Senators. Want to reach folks who don’t represent you? Urge friends and family from those states to call those Senators. Leave the lines free for folks who won’t get dismissed out of hand.

 

Here is a calling script Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter on Twitter) wrote last Thursday to use with all Senators. Obviously it predates the three subsequent revelations. Adjust this to stress the need to put the brakes on the Kavanaugh nomination and fully examine all claims, because this is the Senate, and the Senators are supposed to be professionals. 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 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.

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!
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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 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.

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!
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Leave Voicemail for Your Senators Saying You Want the FBI to Look Into Dr. Ford’s Allegations Against SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sept 22-23 Update. If You Haven’t Called Before, NOW IS THE TIME

Update from Sarah Jane, September 21, 2018: Dr. Ford continues to negotiate the terms of her appearance. The GOP continues to act bull-headed.

 

The answer, as it has been for weeks, is keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators. This will be your weekend homework as well–leaving voicemail for your Senators about this issue.

 

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 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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