Wed. 9/12: We don’t need another anti-environmental corporate-fanboy on the Supreme Court.

Action #1 – Call your senators to support them or chide them on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court would do exactly what the Trump administration hopes he would do. Based on his record, he would wreak havoc on the environment to aid the administration’s largest donors, extractive industries like oil, gas, logging and mining, as well big agriculture. He will do it with “decisions” based on the strange, extreme, and absurd arguments that have puzzled and enraged his colleagues during his time on the federal bench. Now that the effects of global climate change are destroying parts of our country on a continual basis, we cannot afford another enabler of the polluters that foul our environment and destroy our health.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to [keep on resisting/fight against] Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court because he has been proven to be ally of those who would weaken our protections for our environment.

Contact your Senator:
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 – Write another comment on the Clear Air Act rules page.

Click here for details.

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Fri – 9/7: Latest in Kavanaugh Resistance actions! Like the ACA fight, we’re taking it to the end.

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)

Watch this:

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Thurs 9/6: Kavanaugh v. health care (3 actions, including “NO” on S.3388)

Action #1 – Call your senators AND do any of these actions today.

Call your senators to support them or stand up to this nomination, then go here for the latest action list.

Action #2 – Call your senators about Kavanaugh’s plan on killing healthcare access for millions of Americans. 

Judge Kavanaugh declined to answer a question from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (who, BTW, rocked his opening statement), about whether he would uphold protection for those with pre-existing conditions. Based on his known record, there’s every reason to believe Judge Kavanaugh would be the deciding vote in overturning and gutting critical health care protections.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to protect healthcare access and vote “NO” on the the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Background
He has already written extreme legal theories to overturn longstanding precedent to diminish the power of federal agencies to help people. As a D.C. Circuit judge, he has written dissenting opinions in three cases that could have undermined the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and jeopardized access to health care.

Seven-Sky (2012): This upheld the ACA’s requirement that individuals purchase health insurance as within Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause. Kavanaugh claimed that the individual mandate was “unprecedented” as well as “jarring” and praised a judicial decision that would limit Congress’ ability to regulate commercial activity such as health care. His opinion was well-outside the legal mainstream at the time but echoed the beliefs of partisan political organizations working to undermine the ACA.

Priests for Life v. US Dept. of Health and Human Services: The D.C. Circuit court rejected a challenge to the ACA’s accommodation to the birth control benefit, which allowed certain religiously-affiliated non-profit employers to opt out of providing birth control coverage directly to their workers by submitting a one-page form notifying their insurer or the federal government of their objections. Guess who Kavanaugh sided with.

Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Sissel v. HHS, 2015 rejected the claim that the ACA was unconstitutional because it was a revenue-raising bill, but failed to originate in the House of Representatives as required under the Origination Clause.  Judge Kavanaugh argued that the D.C. Circuit Court should consider a claim that the ACA was unconstitutional. His fellow judges described it as a ‘flawed’ ‘misread’ of SCOTUS precedent.”

Action #3 – “NO” on S. 3388, a piece of nonsense to protect the GOP from being ridden out of town on the rail of pre-existing conditions

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Wed 9/5: Write a letter to Kavanaugh! And other forms of dissent.

Enlarged version here.

Action #1 – Write a letter to Kavanaugh

Tell him to stiffen up, ditch his over-eager handlers, order the White House to release ALL of his writings. AND direct the committee to allow enough time for the papers to be properly examined.

Like the ones where he says it’s a “traditional exercise” of presidential power to ignore laws the White House views as unconstitutional, as he defended the controversial practice of signing statements prevalent in George W. Bush’s White House.

Until we can find a more direct email to the man (please share if you already have one to indivisibleventura@gmail.com), submit your letter through the email link at your senators’ office with instructions for them to print them out and hand to Kavanaugh at the hearings.

Source Material for letters:  Swipe the letter above or read these great letters and reports and write something better.

  • 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)

Contact your Senator:
Senator Feinstein: email
and Senator Harris: email
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com

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

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Tues 9/4: This is our Labor Week. 4 days to the end of Roe v. Wade. Light up your senator’s phone lines and tell them “Hell, no!”

Transcript: Interview with Trump by Chris Matthews of MSNBC

“I don’t have to call. My senator is already a Democrat.” Wrong.

(Slate) “If the Senate were currently on the brink of passing a bill that would ban abortion in much of the country, progressives would surely be swarming every congressional office—even those of conservative Republicans. Confirming Kavanaugh will have roughly the same effect, yet only a tiny fraction of the country seems especially upset about it. Roe is popular among Democrats and Republicans, and when it goes, Americans will take to the streets en masse. Their anger will snowball once they see the grim reality of abortion bans—the women arrested and imprisoned for exerting control over their bodies. (Nearly one in four women in the US will have abortion in their lifetime.) For now, though, they are watching the disaster unfold in slow motion, and few seem moved to even call their senators.”

We have four days. Despite potentially being the deciding vote in an upcoming legal battle about the President’s ability to be indicted while in office, Republicans are still largely on-board with confirming him without reading into his record all that deeply. Democrats are not sure we have their backs.

CHANGE THAT!

Action – Call your senators, Red or Blue.

Senators will be watching their call volume this week as hearings begin and Kavanaugh is back in the news. Make him too toxic to touch. It’s starting to work. Get your phone programmed so you can do this easily.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [____] to know that we support [his/her] fight against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for a lifetime seat on our Supreme Court. I want the vote postponed until the 100,000 pages of his records are released by the White House.

Contact your Senator:
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

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Fri – 8/31: 3 immigration actions – Kavanaugh, local DACA clinic, help for Paris, TX.

Action #1 – Don’t give Kavanaugh a free pass on immigration issues.

Everyone is focused on how he’ll overbalance the court into making extremist and unpopular decisions on Roe vs Wade, the Affordable Care Act, executive power, voting rights, and affirmative action, while protecting Trump from legal jeopardy. However, there are a number of immigration cases that are working their way up through lower courts that will come before SCOTUS too and he has already proven his hostility towards them.

So, guess how Kavanaugh will vote on cases regarding these issues…

  1. DACA: Two different federal judges, two conflicting outcomes. This will be going to the Supreme Court. (C-span)(vox)
  2. Sanctuary: The rights of states and cities versus federal agencies in immigration enforcement. (thehill)
  3. Incarcerating children: The government’s right to separate groups as they please, including children, overruling the Flores agreement.(nytimes)
  4. Bond hearings: The ability to detain immigrants without bond. (wapo)
  5. Incarceration without limit: The government’s right to keep immigrants locked up in a detention facility indefinitely if the government is unable to deport them to their native country. The 2001 Zadvydas v. Davis decision that stopped this was a 5-4 decision.
  6. Removing citizenship: The government’s right to remove citizenship from those who live next to the border, effectively creating stateless refugees (slate)
  7. Right to education: Undocumented children’s right to attend public school regardless of immigration status ( Plyler v. Doe 1982) (LAtimes)
  8. Birthright citizenship: (US v. Wong Kim Ark 1898) This is currently under attack, by Trump and others, and a future Supreme Court could hold that the 14th amendment does not confer automatic citizenship on the children of parents in the US without legal authorization. (wapo)
  9. “Public Charge” restrictions: The government’s right to prevent immigrants from achieving citizenship or permanent residency if they legally accessed safety net programs in the past.

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Tues 8/21: Kavanaugh-t Tuesday – The fifth vote for more Citizens United nonsense.

This quote by Bernie gets corporate knickers in a twist, but it clearly expresses what most voters want – a Supreme Court Justice who will limit corporate money in politics, not someone who will abolish abortion or gay marriage. Kavanaugh, if confirmed, will continue the line of decisions that created Citizens United, further demolishing the principle of political equality, limiting our ability to combat corruption and encouraging the bizarre spectacle of for-profit, secular corporations suing to avoid laws due to their “religious values“. The Hobby Lobby win, which was dependent on Citizens United ruling, opened a Pandora’s box of religious divisiveness. It immediately allowed secular corporations to deny women access to any contraceptives that they found “theologically objectionable“.

Action #1 – We need to start reversing Citizens United…

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [__] to closely question Brett Kavanaugh on his record and views regarding the Citizens United and Hobby Lobby decisions and similar actions. Agreement with these decisions is grounds for a negative vote. Continue reading “Tues 8/21: Kavanaugh-t Tuesday – The fifth vote for more Citizens United nonsense.”