Fight against Trump SCOTUS nominee comes to Orange

Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court associate justice nominee.

Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court associate justice nominee.

People against President Donald Trump’s nomination of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court held a protest two weeks ago in downtown New Haven — and now there is more local pushback, as the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women is holding two events, one in Orange, to send the same message to lawmakers.

The events, organized by CT NOW President Cindy Wolfe Boynton, a Democratic candidate for state representative in the 117th District, were scheduled to be held from Wednesday, July 25, at High Plains community Center, and at the CT NOW office in Hartford, 1 Main St., Tower 4.

The session in Orange is in partnership with the Democratic Town Committee, Milford Speaks Out and the West Haven Progressive Action Network.

Boynton said the postcard writing sessions to key U.S. senators was to include pens, stamps and addresses. Participants should just bring themselves.

Among those to whom the group will write are U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both D-Conn., who oppose Kavanaugh’s appointment.

Postcards also will be sent to Democrats in red states facing re-election in November, including Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, who broke ranks with their party to vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Boynton said.

“Numbers matter, which is why postcards, phone calls and emails are so important,” Boynton said. “Our voice is our power. I truly believe that, and that every voice matters.”

Some fear Kavanaugh’s confirmation could impact the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.

Boynton said that by naming Kavanaugh as a nominee, Trump has “set the table to repeal Roe v. Wade and advance an anti-woman agenda that will hurt women and families alike.”

“A women’s right to choose and to have control over her health, and her body, are among those that really matter to me,” Boynton said. “Rights that are being challenged both nationally and in our state, and that we cannot allow to be rolled back.”

Blumenthal said Tuesday he is “grateful to all in Connecticut who are giving their time to join this deeply consequential fight.”

“This nomination is a call to action for all across Connecticut and America whose lives and livelihoods are deeply threatened by Judge Kavanaugh’s radical views on health care, gun violence, civil liberties, workers’ rights, the rule of law and more,” Blumenthal said. “We must mobilize and galvanize America — just as citizens in Milford and Orange are doing. It will take extraordinary efforts to make sure that the United States Supreme Court remains faithful to the rule of law. ”

Kavanaugh, a Yale University and Yale Law School graduate, has since 2006 served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is former staff secretary to President George W. Bush and served in the office of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who handled the investigation into former President William Clinton .

Trump said in announcing his nomination of Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy that “there is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving.”

“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law. … Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge’s judge, a true thought leader among his peers.”

Trump went on to say of Kavanaugh in making the announcement: “He’s a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.… Judge Kavanaugh has devoted his life to public service. For the last 12 years, he has served as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with great distinction, authoring over 300 opinions which have been widely admired for their skill, insight, and rigorous adherence to the law. Among those opinions are more than a dozen that the Supreme Court has adopted as the law of the land.”

Boynton said Kavanaugh’s record “shows that he has not served as a neutral and fair-minded jurist. His record and public statements show a staunch conservative who makes decisions based on his moral beliefs and not the rule of law” and that Kavanaugh has shown “a lack of commitment to racial justice and a hostility toward the rights of workers and women.”