Sunday, July 15, 2018

Our very last chance to save the Supreme Court

What if I told you there was a clear path to stopping Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court and saving the Supreme Court for a generation. Would you take it?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

What if I told you there was a clear path to stopping Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court and saving the Supreme Court for a generation. Would you take it?

There is! A HUGE number of us has to get involved and STAY involved.

It's really that simple.

If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. It takes a powerful movement to reach a tipping point. Remember what we accomplished last year when Donald Trump tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act? Conventional wisdom was that we'd lose—and quickly. But a huge number of people worked relentlessly, and we won.

But again: The only way to win is if a huge—HUGE—number of us takes action. That's why I'm asking:

Whether you just gave last week, or you've never given to any political cause before in your life, please click this link right now and give SOMETHING—$3, or whatever you can—to help MoveOn stop Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Eddie, it really, really can work when a lot of us get involved. To save the Affordable Care Act, we flooded Congress with more constituent calls than at any other time in MoveOn's 20-year history. Each call was made by a constituent raising his or her voice. Many of these constituents call rarely—or never—but felt compelled to call on that issue.

We got involved with on-the-ground actions in Washington, D.C., and around the country.

And MoveOn helped get the word out with videos that spread one Facebook share at a time—but were ultimately seen millions of times and by people who might have been not as tuned in.

Because of our collective power, votes were delayed on Trumpcare. And then delayed again. And again. We changed some senators' minds. Then we made more calls to Congress. We shattered more records. More protests and rallies were held. Gut-wrenching stories were told by men and women who'd have died without the Affordable Care Act, and statistics on how many would die were tabulated and presented to lawmakers, state by state.

Then, we helped propel now-Senator Doug Jones—a Democrat—to victory in Alabama, changing the balance of power in the Senate by one vote and shattering more records.

And then, incredibly—despite all odds—we won against Trumpcare!

But, in contrast, we lost the tax fight. Those of us who got involved put up a good fight. I know I did. But I noticed activist energy was dampened, and I believe that there just wasn't enough energy to win. I can't say for sure that that's why we lost, but I think that it certainly mattered.

It's clear that to save the Supreme Court, we need to set HUGE goals that will require a record number of us pitching in. First, we need to build the infrastructure to succeed. Then, we need to convince our friends, family, and folks who aren't usually as political as we are to join us.

If we succeed in doing that, I believe that we can win. But it won't be easy. MoveOn is gearing up to:

  • Keep the phones of key senators ringing off the hook, every single day. During the Trumpcare fight last year, I was amazed as MoveOn members set new records for the number of calls made. Frankly, I'd never seen anything like it. I truly think that this phone calls program might have been the tipping point in the fight. As MoveOn's data analyst Amy White explained, "Using some data and a whole lot of math, we identify progressive-leaning voters in key districts with members of Congress who most need to hear from their constituents. Then, we make huge numbers of calls to alert those voters to what's happening and encourage them to get involved!" MoveOn's program to alert activists across America and flood Congress with calls works. But I'm told that it does cost serious money—to pay for voter lists, for data analysts, for staff to support the volunteers who reach out to progressive activists that MoveOn identifies in key states, and to run ads.
  • Share stories from survivors of back-alley abortions that are just as heart-wrenching as the stories told by folks who would have died without the Affordable Care Act. MoveOn will share these stories in videos and ads to make sure that on-the-fence senators understand that a vote for Kavanaugh is a vote to repeal Roe v. Wade. And we won't go back to the time before Roe.
  • Generate compelling videos that are seen hundreds of millions of times, with MoveOn's in-house Video Lab and my team at Inequality Media. These videos are a key way to reach progressives who might not read an email like this one but will get involved after seeing the videos. These videos will engage and educate more Americans, inspire them to get involved, and generate large numbers of calls to Congress as well.
  • Launch a massive, on-the-ground organizing push to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation. MoveOn is gearing up to launch a huge day of action with allies, including NARAL. MoveOn is helping to plan events all around the country on August 26 so that senators know that there is a massive public backlash against his outrageous nomination.

Doing all of this will take massive resources. It's critically important that we help out.

I hope that you will join me in giving $3, or whatever you can, to MoveOn.

Thanks for all you do.

–Robert Reich

P.S. The big-money conservative group Judicial Crisis Network has already announced that it will spend $1.4 million on ads in four states with vulnerable Democratic senators in an effort to swing their votes.1 We will need to hold Democrats in line and also sway two on-the-fence Republicans. We did this successfully on Trumpcare, and now, MoveOn needs your help to do it again. Will you chip in $3?


1. "Judicial Crisis Network Announces $1.4 Million Ad Buy For Kavanaugh," Talking Points Memo, July 9, 2018

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