Action Alert! #StopKavanaugh
October 4, 2018
The full Senate is expected to vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination in the coming days.
While we’re waiting for the FBI investigation to uncover the truth behind the sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, we know one thing is true: Kavanaugh’s record as a judge indicates that he devalues the lives and liberty of people with disabilities. His confirmation would place at risk access to health care and civil rights protections for people with disabilities, opportunities for people with disabilities to make choices about their own lives, and the ability of executive branch agencies to interpret and enforce laws protecting people with disabilities.
The disability community must act now to make Senators aware of the threat Judge Kavanaugh poses to hard-won disability rights.
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law outlines 10 Reasons People with Disabilities Should Oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination:
- He is a threat to your health care.
- He would allow the President to wield dangerous power.
- He is dismissive of the fundamental rights of people with disabilities.
- He won’t protect the rights of workers with disabilities.
- He would narrow the protections of civil rights laws.
- He promotes school voucher programs that leave students with disabilities without key protections.
- He discounts the role of the administrative agencies that enforce your rights.
- He would allow states to impose restrictive voter ID laws.
- He imposes barriers for people seeking justice in courts.
- He will not fairly protect the rights of all people, including people with disabilities.
The Bazelon Center also released a thorough review of Judge Kavanaugh’s record and its implications for the disability community.
The full Senate will soon vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. All Senators need to hear from the disability community, but it is especially important for advocates to contact the following Senators:
- Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
- Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
- Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
- Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
- Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)
- Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
- Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)
- Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
- Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
- Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE)
- Senator Todd Young (R-IN)
Our allies on Capitol Hill tell us that it’s only useful for advocates to contact their own Senators.
Here’s what you can do:
Email and Tweet your Senators
Use the advocacy tool below to send an email and tweet directly to your Senators to tell them to oppose the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
Be sure to connect your Twitter account to use the social media outreach feature of this tool.
Call your Senators
Call Senators through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 (voice) or (202) 224-3091 (tty) and ask to be connected to your Senators. Use Contacting Congress to easily identify your Senators.
Sample Call Script:
My name is [your full name]. I’m a constituent of Senator [Name] and I live in [your town]. I’m calling to ask the Senator to VOTE NO on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Judge Kavanaugh’s record indicates that he devalues the lives and liberty of people with disabilities like [me / my family member/ my friends]. His confirmation would endanger access to health care and civil rights protections for people with disabilities, opportunities for people with disabilities to make choices about their own lives, and the ability of executive branch agencies to interpret and enforce laws protecting people with disabilities.
Please VOTE NO on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Thank you for taking my call.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address and zip code to ensure your call is tallied]
Background Materials on Kavanaugh and Disability
- Review of Disability Related Cases Involving Judge Brett Kavanaugh – Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
- 10 Reasons People with Disabilities Should Oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination – Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
- What the Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Means for People with Disabilities – Center for Public Representation, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and Access Living
- Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination Could Put the Americans With Disabilities Act in Danger – Robyn Powell
- The American Association of People with Disabilities Opposes the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court
- Center for Public Representation
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
- Association of University Centers for Disabilities (plain text version)
- National Council on Independent Living
- Autistic Self Advocacy Network
- National Health Law Program
- American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
- The Arc of the United States
- Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
- Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- FamiliesUSA and national and state health care and disability organizations