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Furious about Kavanaugh? Don’t just sit there. We need your power. The truth is, there’s a LOT you can do. We may only have four days until the final vote, and your voice is needed now. This is a thread about what’s coming, and how you can help. Please follow along and share. 1/
What's next with Kavanaugh? On Wednesday, McConnell sets wheels in motion by filing for cloture. Senate rules require an intervening day before cloture vote—so that vote will be Friday. Then 30 hours of debate & final confirmation vote as soon as Saturday night. Time is SHORT.
What about the FBI report? WSJ says it could end by Wed. Many potential corroborating witnesses won't be interviewed—nor Dr. Blasey Ford, nor Kavanaugh. Once background report is updated, only Senators will get to see it. Don't bet on it to end this fight.…
So, what can you do to stop Kavanaugh? How can you help? First, VIGILS WEDNESDAY NIGHT. Nationwide. 64 so far & growing fast. Find one here, or register a new one: We'll help recruit. Let's make these powerful. Again,—pls share.
The most important Kavanaugh vigil is the one planned in Maine. Make it big enough that Susan Collins sees it in the paper. Starts at 4:30pm, at 1 Temple St in Portland. Know anyone in Maine? Go to the event's Facebook page and invite them here:…
If you're in West Virginia, your voice matters now. This is the vigil to stop Kavanaugh in Charleston, West Virginia, across from Sen. Manchin's campaign headquarters. RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook here:…
There are vigils all over the country listed at If you're within driving distance, though, I hope you'll join me right where this fight began: on the steps of the Supreme Court. RSVP for the DC vigil here, 6pm Wed 10/3:…
Other than Wed night vigils, what can you do? First: CALL YOUR SENATORS. Call volumes are going through the roof. But unlike w health care, the other side is mobilizing too. Which means your calls are even more vital. 202-224-3121.

Call your senators to say no to Kavanaugh—but don't just call the switchboard. And don't give up if the line is busy or voicemail box is full. Senators have lots of offices. Find them all at Here's Susan Collins, to take one totally random example:
Senators employ staff assistants to answer the phone, check if callers are real constituents, then tally their positions. How many support Kavanaugh? How many oppose? Most offices circulate the call tallies to entire staff + senator every day. Your calls are counted. They count.
If you don't like talking on the phone, or it's tough for you to call, that doesn't mean you don't have a voice. One quick thing to do is DM @resistbot or go to or text "resist" to 50409. It'll help you write a message & send it as a fax or letter.
You know what's even better than calling/tweeting/faxing/writing? Stopping by your senator's offices in person. This is the week to do it. Grab a friend or ten and stop by on Wed, Thu, & Fri. Find local address @ Staff are friendly! Make a plan & go!
There's a lot you can do from whatever state you live in. But if you're within driving or flying or kayaking distance of the Capitol, I have a request: COME TO DC. There's a TON to do, led by @womensmarch & @CPDAction. To plug in, sign up w this form:
MAINERS: I know it's late to plan this. But there's a bus leaving Portland, Maine at 9pm Wednesday bound to DC to try to meet with Collins, and there's a seat for you on it. Sign up: or DM @MissWrite with questions. YOU ARE MY HERO IF YOU DO THIS. Pls RT!
Speaking of heroes. Remember when @AdyBarkan met @JeffFlake on a plane & asked him to be a hero? Remember @AnaMariaArchil2 (in a #BeAHero shirt!) & @mgallagher822 talking to Flake on the elevator last week? Learn to do what they did. Trainings 3x/daily if you come to DC.
The atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in DC has been renamed the People's Atrium. It's where folks are gathering. Bird-dogging trainings are happening daily at 8:30am, noon, and 4pm. On Tuesday, bird-doggers spoke to more than *60 senators.* Come help reach them all.
Want to get trained as a bird-dogger? It's a skill that will last you a lifetime. @UltraViolet is coordinating the thrice-daily trainings. Help them help you by signing up at advance here:… ... and follow @mcbyrne for realtime updates.
If you're in DC, bring some food and coffee to the folks in the People's Atrium. And each day at 10am and 5:30pm, head out with the folks from your state to visit your home-state senators' offices to register your feelings about Kavanaugh with a drop-by.
This THURSDAY in DC, folks gather at 12:30pm at Kavanaugh's current courthouse, 333 Constitution Ave NW, and then at 12:30, @womensmarch is leading a march to the court he wants to join—followed by rally at SCOTUS. This will be big. @lsarsour will keep you posted; follow her.
Thursday is also a national youth and student day of action, with organizing led by @PPGenAction and @genprogress. Youth & students will march to Senate buildings to visit key offices. Follow them for more info. As @davidhogg111 says, the young people will win.
FRIDAY, as on Wed & Thu, there'll be 8:30/12/4 bird-dogging trainings, 10am and 5:30pm DC office walk-ins—and probably a lot more, still in development. Ditto for Saturday. If the Senate votes, you know we'll be protesting. So make a plan to get your butt to DC this weekend.
Is there anything else you can do to stop Kavanaugh? Yes. There is more you can do to stop Kavanaugh. Pull out your credit card. To fight a justice who supports unlimited money in politics, time to put some money into politics. It's a stick, it's a carrot, & it's organizer fuel.
The fund for Susan Collins's 2020 Democratic Senate opponent—whoever that might be—is up to $1,787,311 in pledges from 63,023 people... to be collected ONLY IF Collins votes yes on Kavanaugh. Give to it here. And spread the word.…
Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, was undeclared on Kavanaugh. Last Friday morning, he came out against. For this act of bravery, he's certain to be targeted by the right. So we've raised nearly $100k to show him we have his back. Chip in here:…
The organizing at the Capitol and around the country requires energy and sacrifice. It also costs money. Here's a fund specifically to support @CPDAction to organize with folks at the Capitol, like the women who confronted Flake in the elevator. Donate!…
There are so many groups doing amazing work in this fight. Support & follow the ones listed above, plus @NARAL @WeDemandJustice @civilrightsorg @NAACP_LDF @AFJustice @nwlc @CAPAction @peoplefor @mfalpac @mainepeople @SEIU @AFTunion @HRC @MALDEF @NEAToday & many more. Thx to all.
And no matter how *this* fight ends, the fight continues. There's a midterm election coming up that could determine what happens to another SCOTUS seat, or two, or three. (Or none, let's hope.) Sign up to canvass for Dems at
And while you're committing to make a difference, take a sec to sign up to volunteer during the last weekend of this election at—where else?—, a joint effort by all your favorite orgs to turn out every blue vote we possibly can.
BTW, have I mentioned that Maine is important right now? It is SO important. Other important states: Alaska, West Virginia, Arizona, and let's throw in Nevada because Dean Heller should be held accountable. Call your friends & relatives in these states, and ask them to speak up.
AND: If you know of other ways to help, please reply to this thread with them.
Here's the underlying message of this giant thread. You have power. For the next four days, you have power. If all of us wield that power, we have a chance to win a fight with impossibly vast stakes. Don't just scroll through Twitter. Show up. Fight back. The time, folks, is now.
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