Women’s Group to DNC: Cancel 5th Presidential Debate Unless Co-Sponsor NBC News ‘Cleans House’

(The Wrap)

UltraViolet Action, a women’s advocacy organization, called on the Democratic National Committee to pull its fifth Democratic presidential debate — co-hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post — in light of new revelations made about NBC News and NBCUniversal in Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill.”

“The DNC needs to make it clear that they support survivors of sexual abuse and cancel the upcoming 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate on MSNBC until Comcast and NBC News take clear steps to clean up the toxic culture that exists across their networks,” Shaunna Thomas, the co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet Action, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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This Letter Calling Out “Sexist” 2020 Coverage Demands Women Candidates Get Treated Fairly


The media needs to change how it treats women candidates vying for the presidency in the 2020 election, according to a coalition of women’s rights groups. At least 20 organizations signed a letter calling out “sexist” 2020 coverage of women candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary. Furthermore, the groups laid out three demands they believe will ensure women candidates receive equal coverage and are treated fairly.

Organizations like Ultraviolet Action, Emily’s List, Feminist Majority Foundation, Not Without Black Women, Women’s March, and others highlighted what they believe are big problems with the press coverage of women candidates.

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Kavanaugh Protesters Show Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Outside Capitol

(Huffington Post)

UltraViolet Action, a national women’s advocacy organization, said the 2005 outtake of Trump talking about using his celebrity status to “grab them by the pussy” will air over and over for 12 hours to remind senators that the president is “a self-professed serial sexual abuser attempting to elevate another sexual abuser ― Brett Kavanaugh ― into high office.”

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Amy Schumer Among Dozens of Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters Arrested in D.C.


Meanwhile, outside the Capitol building Thursday, a different feminist group had set up a giant screen dedicated to showing, on a loop, the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Donald Trump bragged that his fame allowed him to “grab them by the pussy.” According to Roll Call, the video will air for 12 hours.

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‘I Felt So Enraged.’ Activists Descend on Capitol Hill for Kavanaugh and Ford’s Senate Hearing


The support for Kavanaugh though, seemed outnumbered by the people at the Senate who turned out for Ford. Organized by activist groups like the Women’s March, Planned Parenthood and Ultraviolet, they poured into the Senate buildings before heading to the Supreme Court, where they chanted, “You won’t silence us! No means no.” At one point, a subset of demonstrators sat in the middle of the street in front of the Supreme Court singing “we shall not be moved.”

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Protesters Call on Senator Grassley to Cancel Vote on Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

(NBC 13)

DES MOINES, Iowa — After two women made allegations that Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted them, protesters say they want Senator Chuck Grassley to know they don’t believe Kavanaugh has the country’s best interests at heart.

“We ask that you publicly oppose Kavanaugh and call to cancel the vote on his confirmation. Kavanaugh already poses a threat to millions of people, especially women,” Peggy Schmitt from UltraViolet said during the protest.

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Protesters Rally Against Kavanaugh, and Back His Accusers: ‘The Wave of Women Is Here’

(New York Times)

The protests brought together women and men across the country for rallies and a walkout organized by a coalition that included Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, UltraViolet Action, Planned Parenthood and MoveOn.

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Maine Protesters Want Susan Collins To Take A Stand On Brett Kavanaugh

(Maine Public Radio)

“I think it has soured me on her a little that I don’t actually see her opposing his behavior or his appointees in any meaningful ways. I mean it’s one thing to be appalled at his tweets, but what are you doing about his appointees, what are you doing about his policies? So certainly since 2016 things have changed,” she says.

The protest, organized by Mainers for Accountable Leadership and the national women’s group UltraViolet Action, is part of an ongoing campaign to pressure Collins to vote against Kavanaugh, who has now been accused of sexual assault by two women.

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Ads, protests pressure Collins, other key senators on Kavanaugh

Over the weekend, the progressive group UltraViolet launched an ad campaign telling Republican senators: “Don’t put another sexual predator on the Supreme Court.” It’s a digital ad in Maine but is airing on television in Nevada, Arizona and West Virginia.
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Women Are Staging a Nationwide Walkout to Protest Brett Kavanaugh


“Ramirez’s story is yet more proof that Kavanaugh should have already withdrawn his nomination and his wholly disqualified from holding any office in government, let alone one on the highest court in the country,” Shauna Thomas, the executive director and cofounder of UltraViolet, a women’s group participating in Monday’s protests, said. “Now is the time for Republicans in the Senate to make it clear that they believe women and find violence against women wholly unacceptable demanding Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination immediately.

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