Protect the Supreme Court (again)


OFFICIAL ACTION for Wednesday, August 15

The date for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court has been set for September 4th. He is a terrible candidate, and will cause a hard-right turn on the Court for a generation. 

Our senators will probably vote the right way. We need to call them anyway. Large numbers of calls help them make the case to other senators who are on the fence. 

This is winnable. The Republican majority in the Senate is 51-49, and John McCain will most likely be unable to vote. That leaves 50-49, plus Pense's tie-breaker. We need to keep all the Democrats on the right side, and flip *1* Republican. Do you know someone with a wavering senator? Get them to call too!

ACTION 1: Call our Senators

  • Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Sample Script:
“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I’d like to call on Senator [name] to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Please push for the hearing to be postponed until all of his records can be examined. Please VOTE NO when his confirmation comes up, and do everything you can to convince your colleagues to do the same. 

[pick the items that resonate with you]

  1. Judge Kavenaugh has expressed the opinion that the President should be immune to prosecution. We need a Supreme Court that will hold the President accountable and preserve the rule of law.
  2. Brett Kavanaugh is one of 25 candidates hand-picked by the far-right Heritage Foundation to cement right-wing control of the Supreme Court.
  3. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that the NSA can spy on call records.
  4. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that the president can refuse to enforce Obamacare.
  5. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant in Federal custody can be denied an abortion.
  6. Confirming Kavanaugh would cement an anti-voting-rights majority on the Supreme Court for a generation. He has made decisions against the interests of marginalized groups."

ACTION 2: Get your Friends in Swing States to Call Their Senators

Do you know a resident of Alaska, Maine, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, Florida, or Arizona? Their Senators need to hear from them! Ask them to call their senators and ask them to VOTE NO on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Here's a script you can paste into a Facebook post, email or text message to your friends. 

[SCRIPT FOR YOUR FRIENDS IN SWING STATES]
“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I’d like to call on Senator [name] to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Please push for the hearing to be postponed untill all of his records can be examined. Please VOTE NO when his confirmation comes up, and do everything you can to convince your collegues to do the same.  

[pick the items that will convince your friend]

  1. Judge Kavenaugh has expressed the opinion that the President should be immune to prosecution. We need a Supreme Court that will hold the President accountable and preserve the rule of law.
  2. Brett Kavanaugh is one of 25 candidates hand-picked by the far-right Heritage Foundation to cement right-wing control of the Supreme Court.
  3. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that the NSA can spy on call records.
  4. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that the president can refuse to enforce Obamacare.
  5. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant in Federal custody can be denied an abortion.
  6. Confirming Kavanaugh would cement an anti-voting-rights majority on the Supreme Court for a generation. He has made decisions against the interests of marginalized groups."

ACTION 3: Send Your Reproductive Rights Story to Patty Murray

Patty Murray is collecting stories about the impact of reproductive rights on the lives of Washingtonians. Do you have a story to tell about how abortion or birth control was important in your own life? Share your story at https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=share-your-story-about-roe-v-wade

ACTION 4: Share Your #DearSenator Story with Planned Parenthood

Planned parenthood is also collecting stories to put pressure on senators. Share yours at https://www.istandwithpp.org/dear-senators

Background

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UPCOMING EVENTS

TODAY 4-6pm
Fight for the Schools We Need - Rally for a Strong SEA Contract!

John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
2445 3rd Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98134
https://www.facebook.com/events/302893337160390/

WEEKEND CANVASSES

Take Back the House by Flipping Washington's 8th District
All of these weekend canvases are within 25 miles of Seattle

Saturday August 18

Federal Way
10:30-2:30
2018 Coordinated Campaign
32123 1st Ave S Ste A1
Federal Way, WA 98003
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13204

Auburn
11:00-3:00
47th/31st Coordinated
1919 Auburn Way N
Auburn, WA 98002
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13164

Issaquah
11:00-2:00
5th LD Office
1320 NW Mall St Ste E
Issaquah, WA 98027
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12194

Sunday August 19th

Federal Way
10:30-2:30
2018 Coordinated Campaign
32123 1st Ave S Ste A1
Federal Way, WA 98003
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13214

Kent
11:00-3:00
Starbucks
13121 SE Kent Kangley Rd
Kent, WA 98030
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13174

Federal Way
11:00-2:00
2018 Coordinated Campaign
32123 1st Ave S Ste A1
Federal Way, WA 98003
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12204


ROAD TRIP!

Flip the 5th - Spokane
Saturday August 18 and Sunday August 19, 11:00-2:00
Spokane County Democrats Office
1403 W 3rd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12264
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12274

Flip the 3rd - Vancouver
Sunday August 19, 11:00-12:00
Clark County Democratic Office
10621 NE Coxley Dr Ste 101
Vancouver, WA 98662
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12234

There are local canvassing opportunities in Seattle as well. You can find those at https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index

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