The Strike Against Kavanaugh
Organizing Committee
KavanaughStrikeOC@gmail.com

October 8, 2018

Friends,

We are in the middle of a national emergency. Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court. We cannot accept a system that empowers a man who repeatedly lied under oath and a judiciary review process that only performs a sham of an investigation into his misconduct. We do not recognize Kavanaugh as a legitimate member of the United States Supreme Court.

As we announce this strike on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we recognize the ongoing harm indigenous people have suffered under the American legal system. The United States was borne out of conquest of indigenous people by European colonizers whose descendants became this country’s founders. Since the Supreme Court’s first case involving indigenous rights,[1] the Court has heard hundreds of cases and it has been grossly unjust to indigenous plaintiffs and defendants. Later this term, the Court   could curtail the hunting rights of the Crow Tribes, rights which are “central to [the] Tribes’ subsistence, economy, culture, spiritual life, and day-to-day existence.”[2] We do not believe that Kavanaugh will be a champion for indigenous peoples’ rights, and fear the worst for the indigenous communities who have already faced so much harm from the Court.

In addition to native peoples, a broad intersection of communities will be harmed by Kavanaugh taking a seat on the highest court, including survivors of sexual assault, people who need reproductive health care, and immigrant communities.

This week, law students will be striking across the country beginning at 2:15 PM EST on Wednesday 10/10/18 and lasting through Friday 10/12/18. We demand that anyone seeking to be elected to Congress in November commits to impeaching Kavanaugh to protect any semblance of rule of law and the people of our communities. While this strike primarily is being organized on law school campuses, we encourage students at every level to participate and invite non-student workers, lawyers, and other members of the public to organize their communities to walk out on Wednesday and strike with us.

In solidarity,

The Strike Against Kavanaugh Organizing Committee

[1] Johnson v. M’Intosh, 21 U.S. 543, 595 (1823) (holding that it is a “principle of universal law” that if conquerors take land through violent force that “the country becomes the property of the discoverers,” and the native people have no claim to title of their land).

[2] Brief of Pacific and Inland Northwest Treaty Tribes as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner at 3, Herrera v. Wyoming, No. 2016-242 (Apr. 25, 2017), cert. granted, 86 U.S.L.W. 3650 (U.S. June 28, 2018) (No. 17-1532)