Planned Parenthood Generation Action campus groups will join youth activists from Generation Progress, Young People For, and Feminist Majority
Brett Kavanaugh has a history of trying to stop young people from accessing reproductive health care, and now young people are leading the charge to stop his nomination
Washington, DC — Today, Planned Parenthood Generation Action campus groups, Generation Progress, Young People For, and Feminist Majority will organize young people across the country to support survivors of sexual assault and protest Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Young people on 18 college campuses from 12 states are mobilizing to stop Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and new events, colleges, and states are being added by the hour. They are standing together in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence and taking action by calling, writing, and visiting their senators. Young people will be hosting survivor-led solidarity circles to create a healing space for themselves and their peers, and demanding that their senators reject Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination by:
- Hosting phone banks
- Throwing letter writing parties; and
- Organizing office walk-ins
List of planned actions below
President Trump promised that his Supreme Court nominee would overturn Roe v. Wade, showing a lack of respect for bodily autonomy. And he has kept that promise with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has a history of trying stop young people from accessing reproductive health care. He tried to stop an undocumented teenager in U.S. custody from accessing an abortion she requested — even after another judge found her to be well-informed enough to make her own decision. Now, after the recent sexual assault allegations, Dr. Ford’s courageous testimony, and Kavanaugh’s historically belligerent and hyper-partisan behavior, it is even clearer how dangerous and irresponsible it would be to appoint him to the Supreme Court.
Statement from Nick Savelli, Associate Director, Youth Organizing, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
Young people are taking action across the country because they stand with survivors of sexual assault, and they know Brett Kavanaugh is in a position to determine the health and constitutional rights of generations to come. Kavanaughhas proven he doesn’t respect young people’s decisions or their bodily autonomy. Now, senators need to prove they do. Listen to what young people are saying and reject Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Survivors, women, and young people around the country have been calling on senators to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. In Washington, D.C. and across the country, young people are outraged. They took to the Supreme Court, Senate offices in D.C. and their communities, and local community centers to tell their senators to vote no on Judge Kavanaugh. This week alone, nearly 200 Planned Parenthood volunteers have decided to hold visits at senator offices or host phone banks.
Actions that young people are taking include:
- Arizona State University: According to The State Press: “PPGEN is focusing on getting out into the ASU community to canvas [sic], phone bank, call senators, endorse candidates and advocate for reproductive rights.”
- Yale University: Students are using Planned Parenthood Defender tools to mobilize and to stop Kavanaugh.
In Washington D.C.:
- H*yas for choice, a student organization at Georgetown University, is joining a rally in Washington, D.C.
- University of Delaware: Students are organizing a rally and survivor speakout.
- Northwestern University: Students are holding a “stop & dial” phone bank to stop Kavanaugh.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Students will create solidarity circles with survivors of sexual violence.
- University of Southern Maine: Students are planning a walkout.
- University of Maine: Students are planning a phone bank to call Sen. Susan Collins and Angus King.
- University of New England: Students are organizing a canvass.
- Colby College: Students are planning a phone bank to call Sen. Susan Collins and Angus King.
- Washington University in St. Louis: Students are coordinating a campus rally and solidarity circle with survivors of sexual violence.
- Maryville University: Students are coordinating a campus rally and solidarity circle with survivors of sexual violence.
In New York:
- Hofstra University: Students are organizing a SlutWalk on campus and will be setting aside time for attendees to make calls to senators.
In North Carolina:
- Appalachian State University: Students are holding a Save Roe movie screening and discussion.
In North Dakota:
- North Dakota State University: Students are phone banking to call Sen. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp; write and collect letters; and share stories of sexual assault.
- University of Vermont: Students are coordinating a campus walkout in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence.
In West Virginia:
- West Virginia University: Students are joining a Stop Kavanaugh Vigil tonight.
- Marshall University: Students will create solidarity circles with survivors of sexual violence.
Planned Parenthood Generation Action, a project of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, is committed to building a robust, national network of young leaders and giving them the tools needed to create change through a range of national campaigns, conferences, and leadership opportunities. Through Generation Action and its network of more than 300 campus groups, young organizers and activists across the country organize events on their campuses and in their communities to mobilize advocates for reproductive freedom.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter education.