It is critical that we act against the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and I can’t overstress the importance of each of us using our voices with our elected representatives to vote AGAINST him.
I received an email from CREDO Action encouraging me to also call senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Jeff Flake asking each of them to publicly commit to voting against Kavanaugh. We can call any senators by calling the senate switchboard and asking for a specific senator (202) 224-3121. I just called that Washington, D.C. number three times in a row, asking for each of these senators’ extensions, got right through to a voicemail and left each of them a message. I timed myself and it took me seven minutes. I hope you’ll do the same. And let me know how it goes.
I want to also clarify that while Kavanaugh is facing charges of sexual assault, I am NOT saying he is guilty; I believe in our justice system, and it is premature to assume anything. But I do believe that at the very least, the vote should be delayed during this important investigation. And I can’t overstress that even if he had never been involved with or charged with this activity, there are a host of other reasons I wouldn’t want him for this vital position. Certainly, he will not protect reproductive rights or the basic, fundamental right to health care. For other issues related to social justice, gun safety, environmental protections, money in politics, voting rights, limitations of presidential powers, separation of church and state, and more, the People For the American Way have compiled a list including links to some of Kavanaugh’s rulings and statements. I find it deeply troubling but important.
On a brighter note, I recently confirmed three more book events. One is in northern NJ with a group of activists who are very concerned about reproductive rights and sex ed in schools; many of them are parents, too, so we won’t run out of things to talk about. One is with a Women’s Group at a synagogue in Oneonta, and one is with a local Book Group for a reading, discussion, and potluck—yum! Each of these are private, and my thanks go out in advance to everyone who has offered to join me in spreading the word about these important issues by hosting an event.