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Anti-harassment organization Time’s Up is calling for a nationwide walkout in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault.
Also on Sunday, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund supported the call for a national walkout and detailed plans for a gathering in Washington at the same time.
“Survivors must be heard. Wear black and join the national walkout on Monday, Sept. 24 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” read a tweet Sunday from Time’s Up’s official Twitter account.
Survivors must be heard. Wear black and join the national walkout on Monday, Sept. 24 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. https://t.co/XcLucrziMJ #BelieveSurvivors #TIMESUP pic.twitter.com/s3RQY40Mf5
— TIME’S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) September 23, 2018
It’s not the first time that Time’s Up has weighed on the matter. Last week, it tweeted a lengthy statement saying, in part: “We demand that the U.S. Senate postpone any vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination until a thorough and complete examination has been completed.”
The statement concluded: “Listen to Christina Blasey Ford. A woman’s experience should never be valued less than a man’s career.”
If this moment in time feels strangely familiar, it’s because it is. Listen to Christine Blasey Ford. A woman’s experience should never be valued less than a man’s career.
Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/eRoiHz5PNF
— TIME’S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) September 17, 2018
Meanwhile, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in its own statement said that “women’s groups and ally organizations will join advocates and survivors in a national #BelieveSurvivors walk out to support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez and call for the cancellation of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.”
Said Tarana Burke, founder and longtime advocate who started “me too.”: “The groundswell of support for Dr. Ford is exactly what the ‘me too.’ movement is about. So often, survivors struggle to disclose their assault or abuse and when they do, the response is similar to what we’re seeing now. It’s been almost 30 years since Anita Hill’s testimony and we want to ensure that the Senate Judiciary Committee does the right thing this time.”
Ford’s attorneys said Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Ford’s accusations have left the appeals court judge’s confirmation in jeopardy. And just seven weeks from an election in which Democrats are hoping to capture control of the House and maybe the Senate, her emergence also has drawn intensified attention to the #MeToo movement’s focus on sexual abuse.
Ford says an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, muffled her cries and tried removing her clothes when both were teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied doing this and said he wants to appear before the committee as soon as possible to clear his name.
On Sunday night, a second woman accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, while attorney Michael Avenetti says he represents a third.
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