People’s Parity Project organizers mark the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation by calling for his impeachment.
Washington, D.C. — The People’s Parity Project joined Demand Justice, the Center for Popular Democracy, the Women’s March, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, progressive partners, and hundreds of activists to protest outside the Supreme Court on Sunday, October 6, the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the nation’s highest court despite numerous credible allegations that he sexually assaulted women.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) October 6, 2019
Even though Kavanaugh now sits on the Supreme Court, activists said the fight isn’t over. “If I were Brett Kavanaugh, I would not get too comfortable in this new job,” People’s Parity Project organizer Molly Coleman told the crowd. “A new generation of lawyers is coming, and we will not accept this.”
The People’s Parity Project is among those demanding that House Democrats continue to investigate Kavanaugh’s fitness for office since the Senate failed to do so during last year’s confirmation process. Congresswoman Pressley introduced H.Res. 560 calling for the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, which if approved by the House would grant the committee subpoena power and resources as part of its investigation.
With the latest allegation against Brett Kavanaugh, it is time for members of Congress to do their job. A full congressional investigation into Kavanaugh’s past must begin now. If and when that investigation confirms that he perjured himself in order to deceive the country about his record as a serial sexual abuser, he must be impeached. And there must be an investigation into who is responsible for the FBI’s failure to investigate.
While we wait for Congress to act, we know that—like it or not—we have no choice but to stand up, yet again, to demand better. One-third of the men on the Supreme Court have been credibly accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Brett Kavanaugh has already had one year on the Court to cause egregious harm to women, workers, people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and so many others. There is no time to wait—we must reclaim the Court.
Remarks by Molly Coleman
Brett Kavanaugh is a disgrace, but he is not the problem. Brett Kavanaugh is a symptom. He is a symptom of all that is wrong with the legal profession. It is a profession that values the semblance of neutrality over justice and that cares more about what the law lets you get away with than what is right. It is a profession in which spending a lifetime defending corporations gets you to the Supreme Court or the President’s Cabinet, but a lifetime defending the public gets you—if you’re lucky—enough money to pay off your student debt over the course of twenty years. It is a profession in which defending corporations like Exxon Mobil is treated as a morally neutral choice in the face of an existential threat to our planet.
This is a profession that values collegiality more than it values any harm caused by the actions of its members, and so it watched Brett Kavanaugh’s rise and shrugged. He might be bad for workers, women, people of color, the LGBTQ community…but he’s a carpool dad who went to Yale Law School. In a profession that conflates power with responsibility and good character, it’s not surprising that lawyers have decided that while he might have sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford, he’s on the bench now, so we might as well just get over it.
But we refuse to get over it. The Supreme Court faces a crisis of legitimacy. Confirmation did not absolve Brett Kavanaugh, and going back to business as usual sure as hell is not going to absolve the legal profession.
It is hard to fight to restore the integrity of the Court. It is much easier to act like this is normal. It is easier to treat the Justices as Gods than to call out the fact that one-third of the men on the bench have been credibly accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault. We still believe Anita Hill. And we still believe Christine Blasey Ford. And we still believe Deborah Ramirez. It is easier to treat Supreme Court decisions as inherently legitimate than to grapple with what it means to have decisions about women’s bodily autonomy written by people who do not give a damn about women’s bodily autonomy.
But what is easy is not what is right. Lawyers created this mess, and we have an obligation to our country to fix it. So if I were Brett Kavanaugh, I would not get too comfortable in this new job. A new generation of lawyers is coming, and we will not accept this. The way the legal profession has operated for far too long is ending, and it is ending now. We will restore integrity to the legal profession, and we will restore integrity to the Supreme Court.