TODAY 5PM: Protest Outside Sen. Collins’ Portland Office Demands She #BelieveSurvivors, #CancelKavanaugh

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 5:00pm LOCAL TIME
CONTACT: Brett Abrams |
TODAY 5PM: Protest Outside Sen. Collins’ Portland Office Demands She #BelieveSurvivors, #CancelKavanaugh
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PORTLAND, MAINE — Today, Thursday, October 4th, local advocates, including members of UltraViolet Action, a national women’s advocacy organization, will rally outside Senator Susan Collins’ office in Portland to share their stories, support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, Julie Swetnick and all survivors of sexual violence, in demanding that Senator Collins #BelieveSurvivors and call for Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court. The protest was organized by a number of organizations, including the International Socialist Organization: Portland, Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America, Mainers Against Kavanaugh, and UltraViolet Action.


WHEN: Thursday, October 4th, 5:00 PM (Local Time)
WHERE: Across from Sen. Collins’ Portland Office. Temple Street. Lobsterman’s Park. Portland, ME.
LOCAL CONTACT: Fern Bradley | 207-812-8195


At 4:00pm ET today, students from the University of Southern Maine will stage a walkout to oppose Brett Kavanaugh.


WHEN: Thursday, October 4th, 4:00 PM (Local Time)
WHERE: Luther Bonney Hall, Bedford St, Portland, ME 04101


Yesterday, seven sexual assault survivors from Maine penned an open letter to Senator Susan Collins, asking her to publicly commit to rejecting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court. In the letter, the Maine residents explained: “If you vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, you are sending a clear and devastating message to millions of survivors that what happened to us doesn’t matter, and that a man who sexually abuses women and can still win a seat on the highest court in the country.”


“We believe Julie Swetnick, we believe Deborah Ramirez, and we believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Brett Kavanaugh is a sexual predator and must withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court,” explained Karin Roland, Chief Campaigns Officer for UltraViolet Action and a Maine resident, “Blasey Ford, Ramirez and Swetnick have demonstrated tremendous courage in coming forward and sharing their stories of Brett Kavanaugh’s abuse.  The mounting allegations against Kavanaugh are yet more proof his nomination should have already been withdrawn and that he is wholly disqualified from holding any office in government, let alone one on the highest court in the country.  Now is the time for Senator Collins to make it clear that she believes these brave women, supports sexual abuse survivors, and finds Kavanaugh completely unfit to be on the Supreme Court. Anything less is a betrayal of women—one that her constituents like me will never forget.”


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