|Content Warning: This email references sexual assault. It does not contain details about Dr. Ford’s allegations.
I want to make something clear:
We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
We believe Deborah Ramirez.
We believe Julie Swetnick.
And to every survivor who’s reading this email: We believe you. We stand with you. You deserve so much better than this.
Today is a deeply painful day.
All 11 Republican men on the Judiciary Committee just voted to move Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination forward with a positive recommendation.
Senate Republicans voted to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination in spite of multiple, credible allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against him. In spite of the brave — and devastating — testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. In spite of his own testimony, which was brimming with rage and entitlement and full of obvious lies.
Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in our country, and this week is a painful demonstration of why. When survivors like Ford, Ramirez, and Swetnick come forward, they endure intense public scrutiny, shaming, and threats — as we have seen happen this week. Senate Republicans have shown over and over again that they’re not interested in the truth. They just want, in the words of Mitch McConnell, to “plow right through” and confirm Kavanaugh, no matter what he’s done.
Trump and Senate Republicans don’t care about what’s right. They only care about power. So let’s show them what the power of a nation of outraged women looks like.
First, if you haven’t called your Senators yet, DO IT. This is not a done deal. Multiple Republicans – and Democrats are still on the fence. And in spite of voting to move the nomination forward, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has called for the full floor vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to be delayed to allow an FBI investigation into the accusations.
It’s now being reported that Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are joining Flake’s call for a postponement until an investigation is complete. These Senators will only have an impact if they say they’re voting no if their demands aren’t met.
But let’s be clear: Mitch McConnell is the one person who controls the floor vote. And the only way, as always, that this vote gets delayed is if McConnell doesn’t have the votes. The full Senate could vote very soon. Your Senators need to hear from you.
Call 1-844-778-3056 and you’ll be connected to one of your Senators. Call back, and you’ll be connected to your other Senator!
Second, we need to make Republicans regret this at the ballot box. We need to take back the Senate so that Chuck Grassley loses his committee chairmanship, Mitch McConnell loses his speakership, and a hearing like yesterday’s can never happen again. We need to take away this Administration’s power to nominate abusers and extremists to our highest court.
That means going on the offense. We’re phonebanking into five key states — Tennessee, Arizona, Mississippi, Texas, and Nevada — to flip the Senate. It’s an uphill climb, but it’s possible. And if it happens, it will be because of your grassroots power. Sign up for a phone bank shift now to help us across the finish line in November:
Sign up to phonebank for this weekend’s calls to #SaveSCOTUS here.
And if you’d like to contribute to fund these calls (our phonebanking software costs a few cents per minute, per call), you can do so here. Your support now will ensure we have the necessary resources to get out the vote and try to flip the Senate:
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The last week has been incredibly hard for so many of us who see echoes of our own experiences in what’s happening in Washington. Please take care of yourself, and if you need to step back, take the time that you need to heal — that is the most important thing that you can do. And when you’re ready to channel your outrage into action — into stopping this from ever, ever happening again — we’re here and we’re ready to fight.
We thank Ford, Ramirez, and Swetnick for the tremendous risk they took in telling their stories. We recognize the legacy of Anita Hill in coming forward at great personal sacrifice nearly thirty years ago. We’ll continue to stand in solidarity with all survivors. And we will continue to fight the radical reshaping of our Supreme Court with abusers and right wing extremists in every way we can.
They’ll hear from us today. And they’ll hear from us at the ballot box on November 6th.
Co-Executive Director, Indivisible