Senate Recess: Organizations Announce Wave of Grassroots Opposition to Kavanaugh’s Nomination
For Immediate Release: Aug. 6, 2018 (Updated: Aug. 6, 2018, 6 p.m.)
TV Ads, More Than 100 Events, Online Organizing, and More During Senate Recess
Washington, DC - Today, organizations representing millions of supporters and concerned constituents nationwide announced a wave of grassroots opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination while the Senate is home for recess. Speakers from Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Protect Our Care, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Alliance for Justice, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights detailed plans for more than 100 events, ad buys, online organizing, and on-the-ground organizing this week to sound the alarm on how Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court would threaten people’s health and rights.
Kavanaugh has the least support of any Supreme Court pick in three decades, and people across the country are opposed to his nomination because, if confirmed, he would shift the balance of the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s record says it all: If given a chance, he would overturn Roe v. Wade and gut the Affordable Care Act. Trump pledged to only appoint nominees who would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and Kavanaugh fits the bill.
Quote from Kelley Robinson, National Organizing Director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
A vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a vote against the constitutional right to safe, legal abortion and a vote against the Affordable Care Act. This recess is critical. That’s why Planned Parenthood supporters and organizations across the country are participating in over 100 events this week. They range from letter-writing parties to phone banks to voter education events. We are under no illusion that this is an easy fight, but a majority of senators have said they want to see the Affordable Care Act preserved and the ability of women to make their own health care decisions protected. If the Americans who care about these issues make their voices heard, we can win this.
Quote from Brad Woodhouse, Executive Director, Protect Our Care:
Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to be someone he could count on to do what he failed to get Congress to do, repeal health care for millions of Americans. When we say Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court means that the future of Americans’ health care for generations is once again coming down to the vote of just a handful of Senators, we mean it. That's why Senators will be confronted at every turn with an important request from the concerned patients, providers and advocates that make up the Protect Our Care coalition: to stand up tall for health care and against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Quote from Adrienne Kimmell, Vice President of Communications and Strategic Research, NARAL Pro-Choice America:
Thousands of NARAL members across the country have sprung into action: calling their senators, organizing their friends and neighbors, and planning for the largest progressive Supreme Court mobilization in recent history. Our members are acutely aware that Roe v. Wade is at stake and they’re letting their Senators know that if they vote yes on Brett Kavanaugh, they are voting to criminalize abortion and punish women.
Quote from Nan Aron, Founder and President, Alliance for Justice:
There’s an undeniable groundswell of energy and enthusiasm around alerting the public about Brett Kavanaugh’s record. AFJ is reaching out to its member organizations, activists, law professors, and nonprofits to engage them in this national debate. AFJ and AFJ Action Campaign have each launched five-figure digital ad campaigns in targeted states across the nation to sound the alarm. This is the Supreme Court nomination fight of our lives.
Quote from Ashley Allison, Executive Vice President, Campaigns & Programs, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:
All 100 senators and the American people they represent deserve to see Kavanaugh’s full record before a hearing is scheduled, we’re mobilizing our coalition on the ground to make sure folks are aware of what’s at stake with this nomination. On August 8th and 9th, The Leadership Conference is teaming up with Alliance for Justice, Planned Parenthood, and others to host nationwide days of action. The 8th will mark an in-district day where people across the country will visit their senators to express their concerns about Kavanaugh. And on the 9th, we’re hosting a call-in day to light up the Capitol switchboard. We look forward to engaging our broad civil and human rights coalition to amplify how groups at the local and state levels are involved in this fight. Too much is at stake for our civil and human rights. But together, we will fight. And together, we will Stop Kavanaugh.