Cancel Kavanaugh! Walkout Against Patriarchy!
Socialist Alternative will host a rally and support a walkout in coalition with The International Women’s Strike and the International Socialist Organization (ISO)
~ THURSDAY ~
- 4PM WALKOUT of your homes, workplaces, schools and meet us for
- 5PM RALLY and SPEAKOUT outside Trump Tower
We have watched with mounting alarm the Senate hearing where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford shared her traumatic account of assault at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh.
These narratives have reminded us of our own assaults and bodily harms and we have found solace in the bravery of the survivors who have spoken up.
But the condescension and disrespect with which Dr. Ford and other survivors have been treated by politicians confirm for us what we have known all along: that the current political process does not care about the welfare of women, indeed tries actively to harm us.
This is thus a key issue for political equality and full freedom for women at a moment when women, youth, union and non-union workers, and Black and immigrant communities are saying “Enough is enough!” It is a key issue for ALL working people in America, who are daily oppressed, humiliated and dismissed, whose suffering and pain often doesn’t matter, all these millions of working people who can relate to Dr. Ford’s testimony, and have responded with narratives of solidarity.
The International Women’s Strike, along with Socialist Alternative, International Socialist Organization, Organization for a Free Society, Left Voice, and Red Bloom call for a national day of action on Thursday, October 4 at 4:00 pm to protest the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
On October 4 we call on all women and queer people, and those who believe our stories, to walk out of work, school and housework at 4:00 pm and show the world that since our labour runs the world, when we are denied dignity and safety, we can stop the world from running.
Thanks to the power of the #MeToo movement and the courage of Christine Blasey Ford the Kavanaugh nomination went from all but certain to hanging by a thread. Even before Thursday’s testimony, Kavanaugh’s reactionary anti-woman, anti-worker, and pro-corporation record made him the most unpopular Supreme Court nominee since Robert Bork in 1987.
Unfortunately, the Democrats’ have funneled their limited opposition to the Senate hearing itself, unwilling to draw on the enormous potential power demonstrated in Monday’s protests, last year’s Women’s Marches and McDonald’s workers’ strikes against sexual harassment. Canceling Kavanaugh is one thing, but the Democrats worry that once women, young people, and working people experience a big victory through protest they will demand more changes that may not be acceptable to the party’s billionaire backers.
Join us to show solidarity with survivors everywhere, raise our voices in protest of this vote, discuss how we can build a movement to block Kavanaugh, and fight the horrifying, misogynistic culture that exists in our society. This is the culture that future judges, politicians, CEOs, and presidents are steeped in, one in which rich, white men make a game of objectifying, humiliating, and assaulting women.