We’re going to keep updating this as new resistance actions come in…
Senators on the Judiciary Committee are likely to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Sept. 20 with a vote by the full Senate the following week. Mitch McConnell wants him ready by the first day of court’s new term, Oct. 1.
Come on, kids. Let’s mess that up!
Action #1 – Read this article, watch this video and call your senators, Red or Blue, again and again, EVERY DAMN DAY, until this fight is done.
Read this: “The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Feels Inevitable. But We Can Actually Stop Him.” (teenvogue)
No, they don’t get tired of hearing from you!
Minimal Script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I’m urging Senator [___] to refuse to vote for any nominee for SCOTUS until regular order is restored and all of the candidate’s writings are released with time for examination.
Contact your Senator: Make calls faster here. It takes less than 6 minutes to call all these numbers and leave a short message.
Senator Feinstein: email DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
Action #2 – Post and share your righteous rage through every form of media you own.
(from Chop Wood, Carry Water) “Talk about Kavanaugh, post about Kavanaugh, share news stories about Kavanaugh. This sounds so simple, but noise and chatter matter A LOT. It matters to the Senators who are supremely aware of their environment (especially on social media), it matters to the media who follow people’s interests, it matters to getting more people involved who follow their peers. Post clips of Cory and Kamala so everyone wants to be like Cory and Kamala because they are getting all the love.” Create your own videos to share, with help from Planned Parenthood, here.
Action #3 – Phone bank swing state voters with the national Indivisible.
Indivisible has shifts available for us to call constituents in Alaska, Maine, Indiana, West Virginia, and North Dakota, and ask that they urge their senators to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination. Sign up to phone bank here and make sure that Kavanaugh does not get confirmed. The training webinar is on Wednesday, September 12 at 7pm EST.
- Weekend of Action IndivisiCandidate Calls: Saturday, September 8, 10am-8pm EST
- Weekend of Action IndivisiCandidate Calls: Sunday, September 9, 12-6pm EST
- #SaveSCOTUS calls to Senator Heitkamp (ND): Monday, September 10, 2-8pm EST
- IndivisiCandidate Calls: Kara Eastman, NE-2: Tuesday, September 11, 3-9pm EST
- IndivisiCandidate Calls: Kara Eastman, NE-2: Wednesday, September 12, 3-9pm EST
- IndivisiCandidate Calls: Harley Rouda, CA-48: Thursday, September 13, 4-10pm EST
- IndivisiCandidate Calls: Harley Rouda, CA-48: Friday, September 14, 4-10pm EST
- IndivisiCandidate Calls: Dana Balter, NY-24: Saturday, September 15, 12-6pm EST
- IndivisiCandidate Calls: Dana Balter, NY-24: Sunday, September 16, 12-6pm EST
Action #4 – Write letters to him. Copy your senators!
People, even full-grown adults, can change their minds when others share personal experiences, even hard-core forced-birthers like this man. Consider sharing your story (here are examples) with anti-choice people like Judge Kavanaugh, or legislators who should be working for you. Share your story through the Planned Parenthood website here.
Or if you don’t have an abortion story, try something adjacent, or just go back to the basic concept that an actual good guy wouldn’t accept this sideshow nomination. You’ve got a good letter to share, we’ll add it on for inspiration for others. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dear Judge Kavanaugh,
We love the fact that you coach girls’s basketball. Enjoy this time, as in what will seem like a heartbeat, they will become young women with complicated lives outside your purview. Not what most fathers want to think about, but statistically, many of them will be looking for safe and effective birth control options by the age of 17 (only 2% of Catholics actually use the rhythm method) and some might also become part of the one-in-four statistic of those who seek a pregnancy termination in their lifetime. Because you live in Maryland, a progressive state with great access to reproductive health care options, and because your daughters and their teammates are from well-off families, you will likely never hear of these intensely private decisions.
However, as your daughters get older, you might become more sensitive to the fate of their contemporaries in states that have closed many of their facilities that offered reproductive care, along with basic and necessary health care. These young women are starting to self-abort, as medically-supervised treatment has become too distant or expensive. Coat hangers and abdominal beatings are ugly realities once again, and if it weren’t for the availability of abortion medications, there might already be basketball-squads-worth of dead young women.
No amount of religious training, or obstructionist action such as those you took against that young immigrant, will prevent women from seeking to control their bodies. The cost of this struggle will be counted in the dead or maimed, just as it had before Roe v. Wade, but this time, the horror might have your name attached. So instead of just worrying whether it’s your turn for the carpool, use your “father-protector-power” to make sure that all the daughters of this nation have access to safe, effective medical treatment and the privacy to make their own decisions. That’s what a good dad of daughters would do.
Email the United States Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit: WebInformation@cadc.uscourts.gov
Snail-mail the United States Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit:
Hon. Brett M. Kavanaugh
United States Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit
E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse
333 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Action #5 – CALL, CALL, CALL your senators everyday!
Mix it up – Phone Script sources
- “Why do I need to keep calling? My senator is already [a Democrat] [a hard-core GOP]” (Because here)
- Environmental and Endangered Species Act issues (here) and (here)
- Use 5calls “blockbrett” call script generator (here)
- Gun issues (here)
- Roe v. Wade (here)
- Immigration issues (here)
- Incarcerating children indefinitely (here)
- A criminal president shouldn’t be allowed to nominate SCOTUS members (here) and (here)
- Grab bag of horror, including workers, environment and guns (here)
- Can’t discern any differences between individuals and corporations (here)
- What in the world are they hiding for this guy (here)
- Health care, including protection for pre-existing conditions (here)
Background information sources
- Oppose the Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the US (civilrights.org)(Indivisible)
- A Report on Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh (suitupmaine)
- Where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands on key issues (CNN)
- Kavanaugh Confirmation would do grave harm (AFJ)
- The Kavanaugh Files (aclu)
Action #6 – Phonebank for Planned Parenthood! 14 abortion cases are waiting for SCOTUS to decide
Help Planned Parenthood phone bank to stop Kavanaugh FROM YOUR COUCH!! Phonebankers will be calling pro-choice North Dakotans and urging them to tell Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven to stand with North Dakotans and protect privacy in healthcare and the fairness of the Supreme Court.
HOW TO REMOTE PHONEBANK TO SAVE SCOTUS:
All you need is a phone AND headphones with a mic, a tablet, or a laptop, then:
1. Sign up with ActionID here.
2. After sign up, in a new tab, go to this link to get started:
Phone numbers, scripts, and instructions on how to log your conversation are super easy and intuitive.
Newly released documents revealed this week that Kavanaugh does not believe Roe v. Wade is settled law — and that the Supreme Court could overturn it. He also referred to birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs” — which is not only wildly inaccurate but is anti-woman, anti-science propaganda.
There are 14 abortion cases that he could rule on right away, should he get confirmed.
We simply cannot let this happen and watch him cast the deciding votes to roll back our constitutional right to abortion. This is the moment to fight with everything we’ve got to #StopKavanaugh.
Action #7 – Fund Susan Collins’ replacement if she screws this up.
You don’t have to be from her state to help with this. Add your contribution here. Your credit card is only charged if she votes for Kavanaugh. It’s up to $240k now!
Action #8 – Donate to help the women who protest at the Kavanaugh hearings
More than 20 protesters have been escorted out and arrested by Capitol Hill Police after interrupting the hearings, including one woman from Illinois in a wheelchair who called out her concerns over her pre-existing condition. According to organizers of the Women’s March, hundreds of women are prepared to get arrested during the hearings. Donate here.
The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court feels inevitable. But we can actually stop him. (teen vogue)
Kavanaugh is scary for all women. But the stakes have always been higher for black women. (elle)
The age that women have babies: How a gap divides America (nytimes)
Life after Roe (nytimes)
Will Kavanaugh be Gen Z’s Voldemort? A conversation with Cecile Richards (crooked)
What happens if abortion is banned. (nytimes)