Tues 9/18 – Judges shouldn’t lie under oath. Period.

Longer version and written transcript here.

Action – “Speak no evil” – Don’t reward liars with SCOTUS seats. 

Brett Kavanaugh has stated that he never assaulted Christine Blasey Ford. That he’ll repeat that claim under oath on Monday is expected, but of no importance, as he no longer has a reputation as an honest man to defend. With more information coming to light, testimony from his current hearing, as well as from his 2004 and 2006 hearings, have been re-cast as bald lies, alongside many statements that have been perjury-adjacent or “evasive”. He has been outed on the national stage as what he really is – a highly partisan political operative, and not the even-handed dispenser of impartial justice Americans deserve. His perjury under oath should immediately disqualify him from SCOTUS contention, as well as the federal bench he currently serves on.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to do four things to prevent Brett Kavanaugh from ascending to the Supreme Court.

  • A) Require an FBI investigation as requested by Christine Blasey Ford prior to a full hearing of Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged actions against her. There is no longer a viable deadline.
  • B) Bring forward the two federal employees who had information regarding Kavanaugh’s witnessing of Judge Kozinski’s sexual harassment, contrary to his sworn testimony.
  • C) Subpoena all emails and messages between Kavanaugh and Kozinski, including links to his website, to determine Kavanaugh’s actual knowledge of sexual harassment issues as opposed to his statement under oath.
  • D) Start impeachment proceeding against Judge Kavanaugh for his continued perjury regarding stolen documents from his 2004, 2006 and current confirmation hearings.

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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: MORE actions for today’s SCOTUS hearing! – updated 12:17 pm. Women getting arrested at the hearing. Donate for bail!

#1 – Make the calls – they are starting to scare the GOP and strengthen dissent against Kavanaugh

Polls are coming in and the GOP is getting nervous. Just tested this and it takes less than 6 minutes to leave short messages of support with staff at ALL of Feinstein and Harris’s offices. Especially if you set your phone up like this. Line for Fresno is busy? Call back at your next coffee break. 

They’re not your senators? Go here. If your senators are perfectly OK with killing Roe v. Wade, as well as protections for pre-existing conditions, affordable healthcare, the environment, worker’s rights, seniors, students, LGBTQ people, the poor and the middle class, while protecting a possible crook and corporations, then spend that 6 minutes telling them, at every one of their offices, that you’ll send them packing boxes for after the election.

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

#2 – Phonebank for Planned Parenthood

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.

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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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