Dear MoveOn member,
Last week, a brightly colored banner reading "Save Roe, Stop Kavanaugh," was hung out of an apartment window in Washington, D.C. across the street from the MLB All-Star game. It got a ton of attention, including on national TV, in part because one of the attendees of the game was Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh himself.1
Which got us thinking: What if we gave "Save Roe, Stop Kavanaugh" banners to MoveOn members across Maine and Alaska, so Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are met with them at every turn when they're home for August recess? Both states are made up of small cities and towns, where banners popping up all over would get noticed.
Will you chip in $3 now to help create and distribute "Save Roe, Stop Kavanaugh" banners to thousands of MoveOn members across Maine and Alaska in time to greet the senators when they go home for August recess? If we can raise the money to cover the costs, we'll create a sea of these banners across the two states that Senators Collins and Murkowski cannot ignore.
Legal experts agree that Kavanaugh "already has one of the clearest records against Roe vs. Wade of any recent Supreme Court nominee."2 If he's confirmed, he's expected to be the fifth vote—all men—to end Roe v. Wade, criminalizing abortion and punishing women.3
Kavanaugh praised the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist's dissent in Roe and later abortion cases.4 He ruled last year against a young immigrant woman in detention obtaining an abortion.5 And he's made clear in his decisions that he's not deferential to precedents even more settled than Roe.6
The future of safe, legal abortion is in Sens. Collins and Murkowski's hands—and both women have said that they support a woman's right to control her own body.
We can stop Kavanaugh's confirmation, but it's going to take all of us coming together to make it happen. He's already more unpopular than Robert Bork.7 And we only need one Republican—Sen. Collins or Murkowski—to oppose his nomination if the Democrats all stick together.
Are you in? Click here to chip in $3 now to help get "Save Roe, Stop Kavanaugh" banner flying high on thousands of houses, office buildings, stores, and even places of worship—sending a crystal clear message to the senators about just how much is at stake as they travel around their states.
Deep-pocketed conservatives backing Kavanaugh are spending millions of dollars on TV ads, online ads, and billboards.8 But they can't match us on true grassroots efforts. Banners like this will be much more persuasive in showing senators where actual constituents stand on Kavanaugh—and in rural communities where billboards are rare, banners will be far more visible.
You might hear pundits say Kavanaugh's nomination will be hard to stop, but remember they said the same thing about Trump's repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Because millions of us raised our voices, we beat the odds and blocked Trumpcare. Now we need to do it again.
All of this takes major resources, and we didn't budget for this new idea of local banners.
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Maria, Mikey, Seth, and the rest of the team
1. "Dispatches from the Kavanaugh fight: Week 3, Momentum," Medium, July 23, 2018
2. "Kavanaugh Already Has One of the Clearest Records Against Roe of Any Recent Supreme Court Nominee," Slate, July 1, 2018
3. "CNN's Jeffrey Toobin: 'No Doubt' Abortion Will Be Illegal In 20 States In 18 Months," The Huffington Post, June 28, 2018
4. "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lauded late Chief Justice Rehnquist for dissenting in Roe vs. Wade and supporting school prayer," Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2018
5. "Kavanaugh Already Has One of the Clearest Records Against Roe of Any Recent Supreme Court Nominee," Slate, July 18, 2018
7. "Poll: Americans more divided on Trump Supreme Court pick than any other since 1987, The Hill, July 17, 2018
8. "Judicial Crisis Network Announces $1.4 Million Ad Buy For Kavanaugh," Talking Points Memo, July 9, 2018
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