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Attend the No One Is Above The Law Protest Near You Thursday November 8, 5 pm Your Time

Attend the No One Is Above the Law protest near you, taking place Thursday, November 8, at 5 pm your time (local time).

 

So, we at OTYCD wrote about the if-then protest in the past, when MoveOn.org and friends started planning it.

 

We also urged you to visit the site and write down the details for your local No One Is Above the Law protest site in case a triggering event sends people stampeding toward the site from all over the Internet and the web page goes down.

 

Welp. On Wednesday November 7, with the midterm results not even a day old (and some still trickling in), Trump compelled Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and installed an Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, who had been Sessions’s chief of staff.

 

Read articles on the slo-mo modern spin on the Saturday Night Massacre here (and click these words if you need a refresher on the original Saturday Night Massacre):

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-resigns-at-trumps-request/2018/11/07/d1b7a214-e144-11e8-ab2c-b31dcd53ca6b_story.html?utm_term=.89b91e4aee90

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/with-the-midterms-over-mueller-faces-key-decisions-in-russia-investigation/2018/11/07/7ef2765a-e151-11e8-ab2c-b31dcd53ca6b_story.html?utm_term=.6490220bf6eb

 

 

You can question whether any of this is legal. You can question whether Trump can put Whitaker, who is not Senate-confirmed, into the Acting AG role. You can question whether Whitaker has to recuse himself, given that he is on record as opposing the Mueller investigation, and has made comments about muffling it by starving it of funds.

 

Rampant attack on our democracy? Yep. All that nonsensical fuckery was more than enough for the team behind the No One Is Above the Law if-then protest to pull the trigger on the event.

 

If you haven’t checked out the web page, please do so now, and find out where your nearest protest site is. Note the address down on paper. Google it and plot how you can get there and where you can park. As of November 7, 2018, the page reflected more than 900 events scheduled:

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

 

You’ll also notice that the organizers didn’t quite follow the standing plan. They chose to set it for 5 pm local time to give folks more time to prepare.

 

We’re now going to reproduce the bit from the page that appears after the logistics:

 

THEN WHAT?

Good question!

These events are only the first step. Our goal with these actions is to create an opportunity for anyone outraged by Trump’s abuse of power to engage immediately in voicing their concern. Together, we will communicate unmistakably that this is not okay and that this act to undermine democracy is not going to be allowed to become a new normal.

But that’s only the first step, and it’s far from the last one.

Congress is the only body with the constitutional power and responsibility to hold a president politically accountable for major violations of the public trust like this. And “we, the people” are their backstop and source of legitimate power.

And what people do next to force Congress to act is up to them!

Certainly, everyone at an event should also call their member of Congress to demand action. And everyone is encouraged to communicate that demand directly at congressional offices.

Beyond that, it’s up to you! It’s a good idea to discuss possible scenarios in advance with the hosts of your event or with your friends to develop other nonviolent ways you would like to compel actions from Congress.

Here’s what groups will be asking Congress to do:

 

CONGRESSIONAL ASKS

  1. Demand members of Congress protect the special counsel’s office, including preserving its files and staff and ensuring it receives the full cooperation of all federal government law enforcement assets.
  2. Demand the creation of a modern-day version of the Senate Select Watergate Committee to investigate all matters involved in the Russia scandals and Trump’s abuse of power and obstruction of justice.
  3. Demand bipartisan hearings in the House Judiciary Committee on obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
    • Some groups will call these the first steps to impeachment hearings; others will not.
    • Impeaching Donald Trump is not a demand shared by all partner organizations. Nor is supporting impeachment a prerequisite to attend these events. But it is a view welcome at events, and you can definitely bring a poster calling for it if that’s your view. We can all be for the three things above if some of us are also for additional things, such as impeachment.
…So this might be a one-off, and it might not be.
Another suggestion from us at OTYCD: After you look up and note your own protest
location, look it up for friends and family who might approach you for help, or those
who you want to approach, in the spirit of making it as easy as possible for them to join.
You might want to go as far as giving them easy-to-follow driving directions and parking
tips.
If you can, offer a car-pool ride to other interested protesters. If you cannot or do not
want to go, but can offer child-care services, that definitely helps, too.
If you can’t go and can’t help others go, follow and boost these hashtags:
#NoOneIsAboveTheLaw
#TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw
#whitakermustrecuse
During the course of the day, watch the Twitter feed of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter).
She is prepping call scripts as we draft this blog post, and she’ll be on top of relevant
breaking news.
Also watch the feeds of Ben Wikler (@BenWikler) and Anna Galland (@annagalland),
both of MoveOn. They will have news about the nationwide protests and other things
you’ll want to know.
Sorry it’s come to this, folks. Sorry it comes so soon after the conclusion of the multi-
month saga that was the lead-up to the 2018 midterms, which took so much out of so
many of us.
We thought we could rest. Hell, most of us planned on taking at least one goddamn
day off. Wednesday. Joke’s on us. (Fuck that guy. Seriously, fuck that guy.)
But we gotta muster. We gotta. We gotta show up in big honking numbers, just like
we did on Tuesday.
Democracy needs us again. It’s just that kind of week. (If you’re not already keeping a
journal, now’s the time to start. Your kids, grandkids, nieblings, and grandnieblings will
want to know what this time was like, and they will want to know what you did to push
back.)
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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

ThisOTYCD post originally appeared in May 2018. In the lead-up to the midterms, we’re re-running important posts. Please click on the announcement from Sarah Jane to learn why you’re not seeing timely daily posts.

 

Take a moment and note down the actual address and directions to the site where the Nobody Is Above the Law rally is happening closest to you. Just in case.

 

We hope it won’t be necessary to rally. But if Trump actually fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, or does some other ridiculous thing to undermine the Trump-Russia investigation and thus cause a constitutional crisis, you’ll need to be ready to go to your nearest protest site.

 

As of late April 2018, more than 350,000 people have RSVPed. That’s good! But if Trump does the deed, there’ll be a lot more people than that who’ll be interested in going out to one of the 900-plus protests.

 

Think about it. That 350,000 number represents those who intend to protest and who are comfortable filling out a form and giving their info to MoveOn.org.

 

For every person who’s willing to do that, there are a bunch more who are only willing to do the first of those things.

 

And for every person who intends to protest but who doesn’t want to fill out a form or give their info to MoveOn.org, there’s a bunch more people who will realize they want to protest once the batsignal is hanging in the sky over their heads. (Metaphorically.)

 

If you’re a regular reader of OTYCD, you’ve probably become The One In Your Circle Who Knows About Politics. Your friends and family will expect you to know where the Mueller Firing Rapid Response protest is, and how to get there, and where they can park.

 

Do you?

 

At the very least you need to go to the Mueller Firing Rapid Response page, find your protest site, and write down the name of the spot and its street address.

 

Put it on paper. Put it in your phone. Email it to yourself. Heck, do all three.

 

Even better, take some time and teach yourself how to give good, precise directions to the site, and learn what the parking options are.

 

We’re saying this because if Trump does the deed–and remember, we know he’s threatened to do it at least twice and hasn’t carried through–it’s possible that the MoveOn.org site, which is hosting the Mueller Firing Rapid Response page, will be super-slammed in seconds, and it might go down due to the spike in traffic.

 

Be prepared. Plan ahead. Take down the protest site info and put it where you can get it easily.

 

 

Find your Mueller Firing Rapid Response protest site here:

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

 

 

While you’re at it, review The Plan–what would trigger the protests, and why:

https://act.moveon.org/survey/mueller-firing-rapid-response-plan/?

 

 

And you may as well review the FAQ page, too, and take notes:

https://act.moveon.org/survey/mueller-firing-rapid-response-faq/?

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

But, JFC, these people.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Here is the Facebook page:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Link:

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

 

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

 

The GOP Judicial Committee members:

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

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

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

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

John Cornyn of Texas

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

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

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

Mike Crapo of Indiana

Thom Tillis of North Carolina

John Kennedy of Louisiana

 

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

 

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

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

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Christopher Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenfeld of Connecticut

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

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

 

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

 

And know this, too: we could all still fail to stop Kavanaugh. But that was true yesterday, and true last week. Keep fighting. Keep calling. Keep urging friends and family to call. Keep the pressure up.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Language from previous posts on stopping Kavanaugh appear below.

 

Late on September 9, @Celeste_Pewter tweeted a link to a Guardian article in which Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged he might be needed to break a potential tie in Senate voting on Kavanaugh’s nomination. If that happens, it would be the first time in history that a Vice President casts a tie-breaking vote on a SCOTUS nominee.

 

Link is here:

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

 

Celeste Pewter retweeted the link with this message:

I know all of this feels inevitable, but it’s NOT. The fact that Pence is saying this, shows wavering amongst the GOP. Which is significant considering the GOP have the majority. So let’s call and fight. (And no, I don’t think he’d say it as a fake-out)

 

Now is not the time to let up. Call. Keep calling daily until the point is moot.

 

Boost your Democratic Senators for bringing the fight, and pressure your Republican Senators into voting no.

 

Once you’ve made your calls, encourage friends and family to call their Senators, too. It’s extra-important that you ask those in red states to call and oppose the SCOTUS nomination.

 

Recruiting others to the cause is key. We need a ton of people calling their Senators 24/7, making it damn clear that Kavanaugh is a NO. Refer to @Celeste_Pewter’s calling script below and forward it with abandon.

 

Update from Sarah Jane, September 4, 2018: This post originally appeared on July 16, 2018. With the Kavanaugh hearings starting today I am making an exception to my hiatus to offer updated info on how you can #StopKavanaugh.

 

This is another situation we have to treat like the fight to save Obamacare. We need to mobilize massive, massive, MASSIVE pressure. You need to call your Senators every day on this, and you need to recruit friends and family to call their Senators every day. For serious.

 

Our friend @Celeste_Pewter has been diligently beating the drum on the Kavanaugh issue, stressing the importance of fighting back and giving options for how to do it. We at OTYCD are reproducing her September 3, 2018 string of tweets on the topic. Scroll down to learn how to support her and her work.

 

All: Tomorrow [September 4] is going to be tense day for all of us. Remember: NONE of you are alone. If you need a pep talk or cat pictures, ping me. Also remember: we’re all frustrated and angry with how the hearings are proceeding, but let’s focus on what we CAN do at the moment.

 

Our part in this can be broken down into a few steps: 1. Calling any senators we have on judiciary, and demand they question vigorously. 2. Telling our Senators to vote no. 3. Pushing for state-level protections, a la MA’s Nasty Women Act. 4. Getting 5 others to do 1-3.

 

If you can do a little more and are in driving distance of D.C. – consider joining the protests. Let the Senate know we’re watching. To paraphrase , the more eyes, the better [The link goes to a Facebook page called Show Up to Stop Kavanaugh!, an event that starts at 6 pm in Washington, D.C. Also, follow @benwikler for updates on the protest]:

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

https://www.blockbrett.com

 

3. ‘s handy sheet to phone numbers for those on Judiciary [This leads to a screen shot that we can’t reproduce, but you can find it at the @ThisEastonLife Twitter home page]

 

4. My Kavanaugh Medium guide, but with specific focus on state-level protections [Including this as a clickable link because weird technical issues won’t allow reproduction of the URL]

 

Tomorrow’s going to be tough. Everything you might feel tomorrow. = 100% valid. Just remember: keep focusing on what you CAN control. And if we each do those four simple steps? Imagine 4 x 1000 or 2000. That’s a lot of collective power. Let’s get to work. Ask w/ questions.

 

P.S. 1. For those of you who are looking for this thread in text form, I’m formatting the TinyLetter now. 2. Don’t forget to hashtag any tweets about SCOTUS-related calls with will boost. Let’s share who’s picking up, staffers to ask for, etc.

 

View story at Medium.com

 

 

Original post follows.

 

Call your senators and demand that they vote NO on Brett Kavanaugh, Team Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

First, an apology from Sarah Jane: I meant to write and queue this earlier, closer to when the nominee was named. Life and work deadlines got in the way. I can only apologize and repeat the fact that OTYCD is a part-time endeavor. Thanks for your patience.

 

Anyway. We know who the nominee is now, and his judicial record is as noxious as you’d expect, given that he passed muster with The Federalist Society.

 

We need to push back.

 

The fight will be hard, but not impossible. And the fight will definitely be impossible if we don’t bother to fight at all.

 

Your Senators need to hear from you, and you need to be firm and clear. (And polite.)

 

So! Call your two Senators and tell them you want them to oppose Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS nomination. Then call friends and family across the country and ask them to do the same. And keep calling as new developments emerge about Kavanaugh and his views. (We at OTYCD expect to devote future posts to this issue.)

 

Remember: Loud, fierce, sustained protests against Trumpcare and Trumpcare 2.0 made them fail. It was the folks who called, texted, left voicemails, and showed up to protest who made the difference. If we can make loud, fierce, sustained protests against Kavanaugh, we could sink his nomination.

 

Check the link below to see if either of your Senators are on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. If they are, it is extra-important that you call. Bonus points if you do this on behalf of friends and family and update them on their own Senators.

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

 

Before you call, you should check the social media feeds of your Senators and see if they’ve issued a statement on Kavanaugh.

 

If they’ve already agreed to vote no, thank them for that.

 

If they’ve already agreed to vote yes, urge them to change their vote.

 

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_pewter) got there first with great scripts on this topic. The trio you see below are a) a script supporting the McConnell rule, updated to reflect the name of the SCOTUS nominee; b) a simple ‘No on Kavanaugh’ script; and c) talking points you can use to expand on the main scripts.

 

Please scroll down to learn how you can support Celeste Pewter’s work.

 

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

 

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Find Out If Your State Is Passing Laws That Punish Protesters, and Fight Back

Find out if your state is trying to pass laws that punish protesters, and fight back.

 

The First Amendment to the Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law abridging… the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

 

That’s not stopping state legislatures from trying to pass laws that would punish protestors.

 

The laws take many forms. Some impose new penalties for protestors who block traffic. Others make “disruptive” protests a felony, which has implications for voting rights. Still others impose lighter penalties on drivers who hit protestors, a phenomenon we at OTYCD have written about before.

 

More than half of the states have considered or are considering laws that would crimp the rights of protestors.

 

Is your state one of them?

 

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) has built a U.S. Protest Law Tracker that will let you search for your state and see what it’s up to.

 

See the U.S. Protest Law Tracker:

http://www.icnl.org/usprotestlawtracker/

 

 

If your state is pursuing laws that would make it harder to stage protests, call or email your state legislators and urge them to vote no.

 

Find your state legislators, along with their contact information:

https://www.whoaremyrepresentatives.org

 

 

See the homepage for the ICNL:

http://www.icnl.org

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ICNLDC/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@ICNLAlliance

 

 

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