As the controversy over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh continues to unfold, more public figures and organizations are coming forward against Kavanaugh. The individuals and organizations include Native candidate for Congress Deb Haaland, the UltraViolet Organization, MSU law professor Matthew Fletcher and Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico.
Haaland, who has gained national exposure as the first potential Native woman who could potentially win her bid as the New Mexico Congressional Candidate, told ICT this statement via email.
"A vote for Brett Kavanaugh is a vote against Native Americans. His depth of writings on Native issues indicates that he will not rightly honor the trust responsibility of the federal government to Indian Tribes. Furthermore, his positions on climate change and women's reproductive rights will hit Native Americans especially hard. For centuries, Tribes have been on the losing end of Supreme Court decisions. Giving a green light to Kavanaugh will place extreme burdens on tribes' sovereignty and self-governance. I urge all US Senate tribal allies to vote "No on Kavanaugh."
Judge Brett Kavanaugh (Photo from US Court of Appeals)
According to UltraViolet, who self-describe themselves as — an online community of over 1,000,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media — say they have amassed over 1,600 signatures against the nomination of Kavanaugh and are fighting to show support of Christine Blasey Ford.
“More than 1,600 survivors of sexual and domestic abuse and their loved ones have signed onto a new letter organized by UltraViolet, a leading women’s advocacy group, calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the appointment of Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford,” says the organization’s release.
In the letter, the survivors write:
“We believe Christine Blasey Ford. According to Ford, she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, which disqualifies him from holding any office in government, let alone the Supreme Court. It proves that Kavanaugh neither has the character nor the integrity to be a Supreme Court justice. It also confirms his harmful disregard for the rights of people, particularly women. Violence against women is an epidemic in this country: one in six women will be sexually assaulted in their life time, and nearly a third of women in the U.S. have experienced domestic and dating violence. We ask that you publicly oppose Kavanaugh and call to cancel the vote on his confirmation.”
The group also plans to fly a plane banner over the skies of Palo Alto today at 11:00 am which will read “THANK YOU CHRISTINE. WE HAVE YOUR BACK”
In a story by the Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication titled, Despite thin record on Native law, tribes wary of Kavanaugh nomination, story author Daniel Perle also highlights other comments from Indian Country citing concerns and disapproval over Kavanaugh.
In the story, Laura Berglan, attorney general for Arizona’s Pascua Yaqui Tribe says Kavanaugh has failed to recognize what has been done to Native Americans to put them at a historical disadvantage. She says her tribe has sent multiple letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Kavanaugh due to his “lack of understanding of tribes as a race and tribal sovereignty.”
Senator Tom Udall
Sen, Udall, D-New Mexico, has been a vocal opponent to Kavanaugh, in a public statement he said directly, that Kavanaugh’s ““confirmation poses a real threat to bedrock federal Indian law and policy principles that have guided the high court for decades.”
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