Dear fellow MoveOn member,
I sat behind Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the Senate hearing room last Thursday, as she bravely shared her story with the world.
As a survivor of sexual assault myself, it was difficult to be there. But I was so proud to attend in solidarity with Dr. Blasey Ford. There was a sense of hope in the room as she spoke—hope for all survivors that our voices and experiences matter.
The contrast between Dr. Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh—who entered the room yelling, was angry and belligerent, and was unwilling to answer even the simplest questions—is one of the most striking things I have ever observed.
I left that hearing more certain than ever that Kavanaugh should never, ever come anywhere near the Supreme Court, and although the past two weeks have been wrenching and exhausting for so many of us, we owe it to Dr. Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, and so many others to dig deep and keep fighting to stop his nomination until the very end. Which is why I'm asking:
The only word I can use to describe Kavanaugh's conduct last Thursday is nauseating. I just kept thinking that if a woman had acted like that during any type of job interview—much less during serious questioning about sexual assault—she would have been considered unhinged or accused of having a meltdown.
And yet, somehow, it is still possible that after all that, Kavanaugh may still end up with a seat on the Supreme Court? No, we simply cannot let it happen.
The day after the hearing I joined so many others—including many MoveOn members—outside of the Senate to rally and call for a stop to this insanity. I saw firsthand how much those rallies and that pressure turned the tide: Together, we stopped Kavanaugh's confirmation from sailing through on Friday.
Now, with the time-limited FBI investigation of Kavanaugh, we have only a few days to build that pressure even stronger to stop him once and for all.
MoveOn is ready to lead the charge, including:
- Organizing vigils to take place around the country on tonight. Building off of the energy of last week's protests—including actions around the country that MoveOn helped organize on 24 hours' notice—these vigils will be a public show of solidarity with survivors and a clear sign to lawmakers about the consequences they will face if they don't stop Kavanaugh.
- Supporting direct actions in Washington, D.C., at the Senate office building, including busing in constituents from key states. On Friday morning, it seemed all but assured that Kavanaugh would be confirmed when Senator Jeff Flake announced his support for him, until two fearless survivors confronted Flake directly to share their stories. Those two women—and the hundreds of others who were confronting senators all week—may have changed history, and it is critical that lawmakers keep hearing from survivors. MoveOn is organizing buses to bring constituents to D.C. and recruiting MoveOn members to join the swelling ranks of protesters.
- Escalating pressure on key senators, especially Susan Collins. Collins is the key swing vote in this process, and MoveOn is continuing to lift up stories from her constituents, support direct actions in Maine, and purchase ads in her state calling for her to stand with survivors, defend reproductive rights, and stop Kavanaugh.
- Holding Republicans accountable. Republicans must know, unequivocally, that we will not forget their party's actions at last week's hearing, their unwavering support for Kavanaugh, and their attempts to discredit Dr. Blasey Ford and others when we head to the ballot box in five weeks. Ending GOP control of Congress and electing people who believe survivors, listen to women, and fight for our fundamental rights is essential.
The past two weeks have been incredibly hard for so many of us. As a woman and a sexual assault survivor, I have been heartbroken and terrified to watch a sexual predator bully his way onto the highest court in the land so he can strip away our rights, our dignity, and our humanity.
We have to stop this. We have to keep fighting. We must come together and say that we will never again allow a sexual predator to ascend to a position of such power within our government. We deserve better than this.
Thanks for all you do.
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