Flake or Fluff: An Open Letter to Senator Jeff Flake

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Today we gathered outside of Senator Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office, while miles away in New Hampshire he was giving a speech, on of all things, “A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.” Granite State Progress, our New Hampshire partner, held a simultaneous action with the same theme outside Flake’s speech. We will continue to call on Flake to match his words with actions by actually voting no on the lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of a man facing multiple credible allegations of sexual assault. If Flake doesn’t take a stand, then all his rhetoric is just fluff.

Read the letter we delivered to his office below:

Dear Senator Flake,

Today, you are making speech on the subject of “A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.” Your rhetoric points the way back to a politics based on principle. But rhetoric is not worth much unless it is backed up with action. That’s why we’re calling on you to vote no on the lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of a man facing multiple credible allegations of sexual assault.

We urge you to remember the words of Ana Maria Archila, who told you: “What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court. This is not tolerable. You have children in your family. Think about them.”

And the words of Maria Gallagher, who said: “I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me. I didn’t tell anyone, and you’re telling all women that they don’t matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you are going to ignore them. That’s what happened to me, and that’s what you are telling all women in America, that they don’t matter.”

We ask that you remember these women’s stories and the stories of women across the nation who have similar experiences. Your legacy is on the line, as is the continued legitimacy of the Supreme Court, not to mention the basic dignity and humanity of women and survivors across the country. Please stand with survivors and with women, and make the right decision: Vote no on confirming Kavanaugh.