CALL FOR ACTION, SEPT. 17, 2018

Mon 9/17/18

KAVANAUGH HEARINGS MUST BE POSTPONED!

BREAKING: All 10 Senate Dems on the Judiciary Committee have asked Chairman Grassley to delay the Kavanaugh vote, scheduled for this Thurs. As of this moment, GOP Senators Flake, Corker, and Murkowski have also made statements suggesting a delay is best. Dem Sen. Joe Donnelley, considered the most likely Dem to vote for Kavanaugh, has also stated that this matter must be examined, and that the accuser must be heard.

This is a PIVOTAL MOVEMENT—we DESERVE to know who Kavanaugh really is before the Senate decides to give him a lifetime job on the Supreme Court. His accuser DESERVES the chance to testify, which she has agreed to do—knowing full well the immense risks to her safety, her career, her family, her entire life. We KNOW what happened to Anita Hill, and how Clarence Thomas was confirmed despite her brave testimony and we MUST insist on a FULL, THOROUGH, and FAIR investigation. We already have a known sexual assaulter in the White House—we don't need ANOTHER ONE on the Supreme Court. Demand the Senate postpone the Kavanaugh vote.

ACTIONS:

1. Call YOUR Senators and tell them to make a public statement that the Kavanaugh vote must be delayed until his accuser has had a chance to testify and the committee has had a chance to evaluate ALL information. We CANNOT allow his accuser to be ignored/attacked/mocked and a thorough investigation is necessary for ALL involved.

2. IF your Senator is a DEM member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, THANK THEM

3. IF your Sen is a GOP member of the SJC, CALL AND TELL THEM THE VOTE MUST BE POSTPONED UNTIL ALL CAN BE EVALUATED.

4. Call/email GOP Senators who have made public statements in support of postponing—so far it's Flake, Murkowski, and Corker but more are expected today.

5. Call more Senators if ya want! GET MAD + GET LOUD!

Script (edit as needed):

I'm calling/writing because I believe Senator _______ must speak up in support of postponing the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to promote Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A thorough investigation of his attempted rape allegations must be performed before the senate grants him a lifetime job."

MORE INFO:

[TW: rape/sexual assault]

On Sunday, September 16th, the woman who made sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh revealed her identity. Christine Blasey Ford alleges that at a high school party a drunken Kavanaugh forced her into a bedroom before pinning her down with his body, groping her, pulling at her clothing, and attempting to rape her. Ford states she feared Kavanaugh might kill her. It has also been reported that Kavanaugh placed his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming, while his friend Mark Judge turned up the music to drown out her cries.

Rumors of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh were first leaked when Dianne Feinstein forwarded a mysterious letter to the FBI. Within days, many of the details above were reported, but the victim's identity was not. However, Ford not only came forward, but provided additional information that makes her story even more credible -- including that she disclosed her status as an assault survivor to her husband over a decade ago, and provided details and her attacker's name to her therapist and her husband several years ago. Ford also took and passed a polygraph test administered by a former FBI agent.

Ford, a professor living in Palo Alto, California, struggled with speaking out publicly due to the cost to her privacy and the disruption to her life. As a victim of sexual assault, her strength and courage deserve our respect and an equal response by the Senate Judiciary Committee.