Action for Week #2 of Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

This past week, Trump has overtly supported Russia over his own intelligence community and the Mueller investigation is heating up. It is now more important than ever that Brett Kavanaugh not be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Call, write, fax, email, and make office visits to your senators now! MAKE NOISE!!! MAKE LOTS OF NOISE!!!

Excerpts from this article say it best: “A President under investigation should never be allowed to appoint a Justice to the Supreme Court…There is open speculation that Trump’s grip on the presidency is threatened by the special counsel’s investigation. But the high court could avert that threat. And Trump has every reason to believe that Kavanaugh could tip the balance of a closely divided court in his favor.

Kavanaugh’s own words support the speculation. ‘I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible. The country wants the President to be ‘one of us’ who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share. But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office,’ argued Kavanaugh in a law-review article. He then asserted that ‘the indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas. Such an outcome would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.’

In his law-review article, Kavanaugh speculated that his approach would not place presidents entirely above the law, because inquiries and indictments would simply be deferred until the end of a scandal-plagued presidency. He also noted that impeachment would remain an option for addressing “dastardly” acts by a commander in chief.

But, of course, delaying legitimate and necessary legal accountability does place a sitting president above the law. And suggesting that accountability can be achieved only via impeachment marginalizes the legal processes that past presidents have respected.

This combination of facts—a president who is under scrutiny choosing a Supreme Court nominee who he certainly knows is disinclined toward holding presidents to account—is not merely unsettling. Without an absolute and unequivocal commitment to recuse from any deliberations involving Trump’s alleged wrongdoing, which no one expects Kavanaugh to make, this nomination cannot possibly be seen by Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives, as a credible choice to serve on the Supreme Court.

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination must be understood as the product of a corrupt process that is, by its nature, disqualifying.”

Make your voices heard! Tell you senators what needs to be done for our country and our future! Call, write, fax, email, and visit their offices! MAKE NOISE!

Go to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to make your voices heard. MAKE NOISE!!!

https://www.thenation.com/article/brett-kavanaugh-argued-sitting-president-law/

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Minnesota

Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

TODAY’S ACTION: Call Sen. John Hoeven and ask him what he thinks of Trump’s response to Putin

Let’s all call John Hoeven and see what he thinks about Russia, especially as he was part of the delegation that went there earlier this month. He’s the only one who didn’t make a statement for MN or ND yesterday. We need to know if he stands by country or party.

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Related news articles:

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/16/628973563/trump-putin-to-meet-after-new-charges-over-russias-2016-election-interference

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/07/moment-of-decision/565289/?utm_source=atlfb_test209_1

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/how-lawmakers-intelligence-experts-are-reacting-to-trumps-comments-about-russia

https://www.newsandguts.com/video/donald-trumps-international-embarrassment/

Heidi Heitkamp’s statement (source Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorHeidiHeitkamp/?hc_ref=ARRbLhKUy2ZkbVNJLDyipcE7BG3wBqBiZ-phroiLX7771wrYO3aeI_IAwUx5xPlZKmw&fref=nf&hc_location=group

“My full statement on the President and Putin’s meeting in Helsinki:

Russia poses a grave threat to our national security and our democracy. It is absolutely imperative for the morale and standing of our brave law enforcement officers and military who put their lives on the line every day—and for honoring the memory of those who have lost their lives because of Russian influence across the world in Syria, Afghanistan, and many other countries—that the President, at a very minimum, challenge Russia regarding its interference in our election and threats to our democracy. There is no gray area here. Top officials in this administration, our intelligence agencies, and the bipartisan U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee have all reached the same conclusion which is the truth.

Putin is not a friend or ally of our country and he continues to try to create chaos around the world. Today was a sad and unprecedented day in history—an American president stood with Russia over our own country. Any president’s priority should be defending the United States, standing up for our military and law enforcement, and remaining united against any attempts to undermine our interests—especially when meeting with an adversary like Russia. Today, that did not happen.”

We need everyone to make some noise this week!

Hey, Indivisibles, are you ready to MAKE NOISE about the Supreme Court nominee? Call your senators to tell them you are very concerned that Roe vs Wade will be overturned if Kavanaugh is confirmed. If Roe goes, it’s not just abortion access that’s in danger, it’s EVERYONE’s right to personal liberty and privacy.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/roe-isnt-just-about-womens-rights-its-about-everyones-personal-liberty/2018/07/08/527d8548-8160-11e8-b658-4f4d2a1aeef1_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_campaign=actionfb&utm_content=scotus0709&utm_medium=fb&utm_source=washpost&utm_term=.693d25902666

North Dakota
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

The Kavanaugh Plan: Make Noise!

It’s happened! Trump has announced his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. On July 9th, Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and set the stage for a monumental shift in the Court’s makeup. If Trump is successful at getting Kavanaugh confirmed, the Court will work to preserve the Trump agenda for decades to come.

Key issues that affect us all hang in the balance, including reproductive rights, civil rights, access to health care, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections, and much more. Further, the next Supreme Court justice could rule on cases involving Trump himself, whether resulting from the Mueller investigation or otherwise.

Indivisible Fargo-Moorhead is preparing to fight Kavanaugh’s nomination, are you with us?

Here is our plan. We need to fight this battle on the issues at stake. Each week we will post focused action on a different key issue. Actions will consist of calling, writing, emailing, faxing, and making office visits to your senators. Make Noise!!!

Go to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to make your voices heard. Make noise!!!

Along the way, there will be events like pop-up protests and postcard parties. Make Noise!!!

We will share information on events from other groups as we receive them. Make Noise!!!

This will be a sustained campaign. Are you with us???

Make Noise!!!

TODAY’S ACTION: Reunite the families & say no to internment camps!

Call, email, or send a resistbot text to your senators and reps to ask them what they are going to do to reunite the parents and children already separated. The executive order did nothing to address the almost 3,000 kids in custody. Also ask how long we will be imprisoning the families together? The continued use of internment camps is inhumane!

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/20/17485488/executive-order-immigration-trump-families-together

Also, North Dakota residents, know who you are voting for. There is a significant difference between Kevin Cramer and Heidi Heitkamp. It’s the differences between kids and families in cages and no cages.  From the cnn article: “Kevin Cramer volunteered support on Wednesday for chain-link fences in facilities where the government is detaining migrant children, comparing their use to playgrounds and ballparks.”

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/politics/kevin-cramer-fences-immigration/index.html

 

North Dakota
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

text RESIST to 50409

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Keep the pressure up!

TODAY’S ACTIONS:
1. Keep calling Hoeven about keeping families together. Ask him what he intends to do to end the inhumane practice and reunite the families.  We must keep up the pressure!

2. Call your House reps to oppose the 2 immigration bills that could be up for a vote this week.

We will have more details for Trump’s visit and the June 30th Families belong together protest. We will be participating so stay tuned for more details.

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/18/621103396/house-gop-immigration-bill-would-modify-but-not-end-child-detentions

ND:
Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611

MN:
Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

TODAY’S ACTION: URGENT – Keep Families Together!


URGENT – WE NEED EVERYONE TO DO THIS TODAY!  Please call John Hoeven and ask him why he isn’t supporting the Keep Families Together Act. What does he think of housing thousands of kids separated from their parents and the harm we are doing them? And call Heidi, Amy and Tina to say thank you!

Wondering what you can do to help?

#1: Keep calling Hoeven and expressing your outrage

#2: Keep posting about this on social media and talking to your friends about how wrong it is that the government is separating families.

#3: Donate and/or volunteer to organizations that help immigrants and refugees.

Check out the articles and links below for more details on what you can do.

https://www.thecut.com/2018/06/how-to-help-fight-family-separation-policy-immigration-trump.html?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-b

https://supportkind.org/

http://www.newamericanconsortium.org/

http://www.lssnd.org/

https://www.facebook.com/raicestexas/

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/us/trump-immigration-religion.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/southern-baptists-call-off-the-culture-war/563000/

https://www.newsandguts.com/how-the-game-is-played/

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/14/health/immigrant-family-separation-doctors/index.html?utm_content=2018-06-15T13%3A00%3A06&utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_source=fbCNN

https://familiesbelong.org/

North Dakota
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219
Or text RESIST to 50409

Fargo/West Fargo Residents: VOTE! And tell your friends and family to vote too!

Early voting for Cass County started on Monday. Fargo/West Fargo residents – please make sure to vote!

https://www.westfargopioneer.com/news/government-and-politics/4454857-early-voting-cass-county-primary-starts-monday

Need to know who to vote for?  Check out the labor-endorsed candidates!

 

Also check out the InForum voter’s guide:

https://www.inforum.com/news/government-and-politics/4451789-get-know-local-candidates-through-forums-voter-guide#.Ww6zvRgxflU.facebook

And the League of Women Voter’s guide:

http://www.lwvnd.org/rrv.html

http://www.fargoelection.com/

TODAY’S ACTION: #Where are the children?

Please call your senators and ask them to support Sen. Tina Smith’s HELP Act “that would protect the safety and well-being of minor children who have been left alone and vulnerable after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities.”

https://www.smith.senate.gov/content/sen-tina-smith-leads-23-senators-calling-protect-minor-children-left-alone-when-parents-are

Secondly, here are more ways to help (“From attorneys Kara Lynum (Twitter handle @karalynum), Brian Aust (@austlawyer) and Ana Pottraz Acosta (@apottratzacosta) kindly hosted an informational gathering to explain the recent policy shift by the administration regarding separating children from parents at the border, the reports of 1,500 missing children, and what people can do”):

1) Money
Not always super fun, but it’s one of the best things possible things you can do.

LOCALLY
Advocates for Human Rights runs a 1-800 number for detained mothers being released from custody, provides legal representation to asylum-seekers and children seeking immigration status in the United States.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota runs a detention hotline for detained immigrants in Minnesota and was able to add two attorneys to their deportation defense capacity because of donations.

NATIONALLY
Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas (receives immigrants after they are released from ICE custody and provides housing and legal services): They have an Amazon wish list , where they’re asking for things like paper and toner, easy items!

2) Volunteer
Advocates for Human Rights (needs all types of volunteers, seeing increased caseload of labor trafficking victims and asylum seekers):

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota needs all types of volunteers.

3) Political Action
Contact your member of Congress. They will tally your calls, doesn’t have to be long. Just say “I’m against family separation” – same as what we did re. health care. Ask for oversight of CRB and HHS. They need to know we care about this.

SCRIPT: I am against separation for families. Please conduct oversight on CBP, ICE and Health and Human Services. Please hold hearings and write letters to the agencies asking questions.

https://www.progressivewestand.org/single-post/2018/05/28/Where-are-the-children-Minneapolis-immigration-attorneys-speak-to-the-question-on-everyone%E2%80%99s-mind

TODAY’S ACTION: Say it again…Protect Net Neutrality.

Please call John Hoeven to ask him to protect net neutrality. Vote is expected in the Senate this week.

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

Events this week:

Indivisible Regional Gathering, Thursday May 17, Crooked Lane Farm, Colfax, ND starting at 4 pm.  Potluck dinner at 6 pm.  See our facebook page for further details.

Primary Postcard Party, Sunday May 20th from 11-1pm, Fargo Dem campaign office, 23 Broadway N, Suite 101, Fargo, North Dakota 58102

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/08/senate-democrats-have-been-pushing-a-big-vote-on-net-neutrality-all-year-its-here/?utm_term=.c3a548759ed