SEIU and Fight for $15 members stand by Kavanaugh’s accusers, demand that Senators reject his nomination

Confirming a Supreme Court justice who has been credibly accused of sexual assault by multiple women would be an insult to survivors

Service Employees International Union members and other working people across the country are demanding U.S. senators reject Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

At a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court,  32BJ SEIU Security officer Judith Howell spoke to a large crowd on the importance of rejecting Brett Kavanaugh. “We’re tired of the voices of sexual assault victims being ignored so that people like Brett Kavanaugh can make decisions about what women are allowed to do with their own healthcare,” said Howell. “This is a moment of truth. These victims need to be heard because sexual assault hurts all Americans.”

Elsewhere throughout the country, SEIU-USWW member Maria Trujillo and FF$15 activist Maria Paez echoed Howells remarks.

“I've spent the past three years of my life working to end rape and sexual assault in the janitorial industry. I can't accept the idea of a Supreme Court judge who has allegedly committed sexual assault. I think that someone that sits on the Supreme Court needs to stand up for the rights of women. I’m proud to stand by Dr. Blasey Ford, Ms. Ramirez and Ms. Swetnick,’” said Maria Trujillo, a SEIU-United Service Workers West janitor and sexual assault survivor.

“Speaking out against sexual harassment – whether it’s at powerful companies like McDonald’s or by a nominee to the Supreme Court – takes incredible courage. Last week, I joined fellow McDonald’s workers in 10 cities in the first strike to protest sexual harassment in over 100 years. Women like me who work at McDonald’s are standing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Ms. Deborah Ramirez and Ms. Julie Swetnick. I believe them, and by speaking out against sexual violence they are making the world a safer place for women everywhere,” said Maria Paez, who works at a McDonald’s in San Francisco.

The Senate will vote soon so it's crucial that you call your senators now and tell them to publicly oppose Kavanaugh's nomination. Call 866-426-2631 (English) / 877-736-7831 (Spanish)

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