A Statement on the Confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh
A STATEMENT ON THE CONFIRMATION OF JUSTICE BRETT KAVANAUGH
Senate pushes through controversial SCOTUS confirmation as Americans protest in D.C. and nationwide
Phoenix, AZ, October 6, 2018– This afternoon Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court. Both the vote in the Senate and his swearing in were marked by massive protests in D.C. and throughout the nation. Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a man credibly accused of sexual assault, joins Justice Clarence Thomas, a man credibly accused of sexual harassment, and President Donald Trump, a man who publicly bragged about sexually assaulting women, as men in positions of extreme power and ability to make decisions that will drastically affect the American people. The Republican party and Senator Mitch McConnell have succeeded in stacking the Supreme Court by stealing one nomination and forcing through another in the midst of great controversy.
This confirmation is yet another marker in our nation’s long history of marginalizing women, people of color, LGBTQ people, disabled people, and so many others. Equality Arizona is more committed than ever to building a powerful civic movement of people who value the human dignity of LGBTQ people, women, people of color, disabled people, the young and the elderly, veterans, the poor, working, and middle class, and people of all faiths.
“Remember, you are powerful. You have the ability to change the hearts and minds of people around you by living authentically, by sharing your story, and by organizing for social change,” said Michael Soto, Interim Executive Director of Equality Arizona, “Equality Arizona understands that this is a challenging time for survivors of sexual assault and other forms of violence. You deserve a country where you can find justice instead of pain and trauma.” If you are in need of support please reach out either to your support system or to the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800.656.HOPE.
As Dr. Martin Luther King said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Together we are the what bends that arc to justice – do not despair over this confirmation, organize and engage more fully in the civic process. We hope that today will serve as a call to action for all people of conscious — vote on November 6th, 2018.
Equality Arizona is Arizona’s statewide advocacy and grassroots community building organization. Our mission is to achieve and maintain equal, legal rights and protections for the LGBTQ community in Arizona.