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Thursday
Sep192019

Kavanaugh can't hide from his lies -- reclaim the court

Reclaim the Court 

This week, reporters for the New York Times revealed that they’d spoken with multiple witnesses who could corroborate the allegations of sexual assault made last year by Deborah Ramirez against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The article also confirmed previous reporting that the FBI’s pre-confirmation investigation of Kavanaugh’s conduct had been a sham and uncovered allegations that Kavanaugh had drunkenly pushed his exposed penis on another woman when he was a college student at Yale.

The news prompted the first calls for Kavanaugh’s impeachment from prominent Democrats. Presidential candidate and Senate Judiciary Committee member Kamala Harris wrote, “I sat through those hearings. Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached.” 

Harris has been joined by candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and others. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) filed a resolution to require the House Judiciary Committee to initiate a formal impeachment investigation. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has tried to ignore calls to investigate Kavanaugh, focusing instead on her caucus’s as-yet-undrafted prescription drug bill—even though it, too, is likely to die in the Senate. 

On October 6, activists will meet for a previously planned rally in Washington, DC on the one-year anniversary of Kavanaugh’s confirmation to pressure Congress to do the investigation that Senate Republicans blocked in 2018. In August, the House Judiciary Committee bowed to advocate pressure—including from the National Women’s Health Network, one of Raising Women’s Voices coordinating organizations—and requested that the National Archive turnover all of the records from Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House. Those records could reveal whether Kavanaugh lied under oath about his previous work fighting abortion rights as well as his involvement in sharing materials stolen from Senate Democrats. But that first step, while positive, isn’t enough. Serious questions remain about Kavanaugh’s mysterious finances and, of course, his misogyny and sexual misconduct.

Join the Women’s March, Demand Justice, and host of progressive advocacy organizations, including the NWHN, on Sunday, October 6 from 12:30 to 5 in Washington, DC. Additional details about the rally and a link to sign up can be found at www.reclaimthecourt.com. Transportation to Washington may be available from your state if you contact rally organizers. 

RWV welcomes Stephanie Arthur 

Stephanie A. Arthur, MPA is the newest member of the RWV coordinating team.  Stephanie is currently a legal fellow with the Black Women’s Health Imperative, working with their Chief Policy Officer on the intersections of women’s health and legislative advocacy. Hailing from the Bronx, New York, Stephanie's past work has included civic outreach to African immigrant women and children addressing issues like Temporary Protected Status, access to healthcare, equitable education, and language access. As a black woman she is all too familiar with the issues plaguing women of African descent:  reproductive justice, cardiovascular risks, environmental justice, and criminal justice reform; which are all issues centered in health and wellness. Stephanie's interest is to identify key policy issues where black women's health can be centered in the conversation in order to make meaningful legislative changes.  

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