Monday, August 27 - #saveSCOTUS / Indivisible Chicago Podcast / Indivisible Survey
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Get Your Contacts to call Their senators to #saveSCOTUS
Action 2: Listen to Episode 67 of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast, with a focus on the midterms
Action 3: Provide feedback on Indivisible’s post-election strategy
Action 1: Ask Your Friends/Family to Tell Their Senators to Vote No on Kavanaugh
Senators Duckworth and Durbin have each made public statements unfavorable to Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Several senators have not made a public decision or have not pledged to vote for him. Contact your friends and family in these key states and ask them to contact their senators to #saveSCOTUS. Indivisible makes this very easy for them. They will find phone numbers, updated call scripts, and background info at Act.Indivisible.org/Call/Supreme-Court-Fight. Ask your contacts in key states to visit the page and make the call.
Why should your friends and family make the call?
On July 9, Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Justice Kennedy’s retirement sets up a monumental shift in the balance of the Supreme Court. Kennedy was often a moderating force on the Court, and was key to many instrumental decisions on issues that affect us all. Kavanaugh, on the other hand, is a partisan Republican and an extremist. Share this information with your contacts:
Kavanaugh's track record includes:
- Russia Investigation: Wrote in 2009 that presidents should be exempt from civil lawsuits and criminal investigations or prosecutions while in office. If Mueller's investigation ends up in front of the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh will surely vote to protect Trump.
- Reproductive Rights: Ruled to block a 17-year-old girl in immigration detention from getting an abortion, claiming that a delay in granting her one was not an undue burden. Also ruled in 2015 that the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate infringed on religious liberty.
- Healthcare/ACA: Argued in a 2011 dissent that the president should be able to refuse to enforce the ACA even if the Supreme Court upheld the law's constitutionality.
- Gun Laws: Dissented on a 2011 ruling to uphold a ban on assault weapons and require all fire arms be registered.
- Voting Rights: Wrote an opinion upholding a 2011 South Carolina voter-ID law that would disenfranchise thousands of voters.
- Environment: Ruled on various occasions that environmental regulations on pollution, animals, and climate issues are legal overreach.
- Consumer Rights: Dissented from a ruling that upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency put in place after the 2008 recession.
- Workers' Rights: Wrote an opinion in 2016 allowing employers to block workers' right to picket in arbitration agreements.
- Education: Praised previous SCOTUS judges for trying to remove the separation of church and state as it pertained to schools and wrote that public schools should be allowed to deliver prayers over the loud speaker at football games.
- Net Neutrality: Called it an unlawful violation of the First Amendment.
At 53 years old, Kavanaugh could remain on the bench for 30 or more years, shifting the court for a generation to come. We must speak out against Kavanaugh to protect our future and those of our children.
- Reach out to your contacts in these key states
- Maine - Collins
- Nevada - Maestro
- Indiana - Donnelly
- North Dakota - Heitkamp
- Alabama - Jones
- West Virginia - Manchin
- Missouri - McCaskill AND Tester
- Alaska - Murkowsky
- Florida - Nelson
- Arizona - Flake AND Heller
- Send them to Act.Indivisible.org/Call/Supreme-Court-Fight for information on how to contact their senators.
Action via Indivisible
Action 2: Listen to Indivisible Chicago Podcast - Episode 067
Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.
In this episode Tom speaks with State's Attorney Brendan Kelly. He has spent most of his life in Southern Illinois and is running to represent Illinois 12 in Congress. The district voted for Obama twice, then went for Trump in 2016. Kelly joins the ICP to talk about the issues facing the district and what it’s going to take to unseat the Republican incumbent.
Then, Tom has a conversation with Darcey Regan, the new Executive Director of Indivisible Chicago. She and Tom talk about the state of Indivisible Chicago and what needs to get done before November.
Action 3: Respond to Indivisible’s Post-Election Strategy Survey
Indivisible was founded in reaction to the 2016 election. And our movement has been at the forefront of the #resistance led by local, grassroots leaders since day one of the Trump administration.
As we head into the first national election since Trump was elected, the stakes are higher than ever. Our goal: reclaim Congress and state houses across the country so we can pivot from defense to offense. And our movement that was formed just 20 months ago will be the backbone of the big blue wave.
But first, can you spare five minutes to take this survey? Your answers will help us begin to chart our post-election strategy -- for the lame duck Congress, first 100 days, and all the way to 2020 -- to make sure we’re working toward the goals that reflect our movement’s priorities and values.
- Take the Survey Here