All-of-us are still recovering from the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing of late last week. From Dr. Ford’s brave and clarion witnessing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, to Kavanaugh’s unhinged conspiracy-theory, beer-centric partisan-rage debacle of a testimony; from Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) sweaty high-pitched Lord Voldemort-like screaming fits, to the inspirational and united front demonstrated by the Democratic Committee members. From the brave women survivors who confronted swing-vote Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in the elevator to speak truth to power moments before the Committee vote, to the dramatic final-hour turn of events leading Flake to seek a bipartisan agreement for a one-week FBI investigation into the claims before a full Senate vote.
Whether we are sexual assault survivors or not, it is painful for all-of-us to watch this public spasm of deeply entrenched power structures in America. The patriarchy dies hard.
But so does our democracy.
So this week, let’s give a final push to make sure Kavanaugh does not get confirmed for the Supreme Court. His partisan, angry, and inconsistent testimony alone demonstrated that he is not fit to serve on the Supreme Court. Then, we must continue our labor of patriotic love, ensuring the rebirth of democracy in America starting in November and beyond.
1 Check out Indivisible’s daily tracker to see where your Senator stands. Then use the script there to call them. If they are undecided or plan to vote yes, tell them they need to vote no. If they plan to vote no, or if they are on the Judiciary Committee and stood firm, thank them.
2 If you would like to thank the ABA and/or the Dean of Yale Law School for calling for an investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and ask them to encourage others in the profession to speak up, here are email addresses and sample text:
Email to ABA President: I am writing to thank the ABA for the thoughtful letter sent to the Judiciary Committee recommending it conducts a proper investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. In the short window of time left to influence this horrific situation, can you share the letter publicly and encourage other professional bodies to support your recommendations?
Dear Dean Gerken,
Thank you for your support of a proper investigation into the allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh. I hope you will encourage other Deans and leaders in the legal profession to support the call for an investigation.