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Advocates to rally against Kavanaugh nomination tonight and next Tuesday in Raleigh

The uproar over Donald Trump’s nomination of the ultra-conservative Brett Kavanaugh (pictured at left) to the U.S. Supreme Court continues to grow.

This evening in Raleigh, advocates for reproductive freedom will hold a town hall to highlight the grave threat Kavanaugh poses to the survival of abortion rights. This is from the announcement:

Progress NC Action will join a dozen local and national organizations in the sixth of a six-town Town Hall tour discussing NC after Kavanaugh’s confirmation and what the state can do to prepare for a world in which the Supreme Court is majority conservative.

WHAT: #SaveRoe Town Hall

WHO: Planned Parenthood of Southeast Atlantic, Equality NC, NARAL NC, NC AIDS Action Network, NC NOW, State Innovation Exchange (SiX), Working America, Action NC, NC Council of Churches, and other organizations, elected officials, and local residents

WHEN: Today, Thursday, August 30, 6:30pm

WHERE: Sertoma Arts Center, 1400 W. Millbrook Rd. Raleigh

Local elected officials have been invited to join a conversation with Raleigh-Durham-Triangle residents, healthcare rights experts, and patients. A panel will hold a conversation and take Q&A from the audience.

“The need to have these discussions is now, and it is urgent,” said Jen Ferris, Director of Reproductive Advocacy at Progress NC. “We know change is coming once a new justice is confirmed. But here in North Carolina we have so much to lose.”

Meanwhile, next week’s Tuesday with Tillis event will also lift up opposition to the Kavanaugh nomination. This is from the event Facebook page:

“This is the least popular supreme court nominee in history, and this is the one we absolutely must block, because he believes that a sitting president is above the law. Also, 99% of Justice Elena Kagan’s White House records were released to the Senate before they voted on her nomination, but GOP members of the Senate have blocked all but 0.08% of Kavanaugh’s records. Some people believe that these records would reveal that he lied under oath during his first confirmation hearing. Our democracy is clearly at stake, the separation of powers, to say nothing of the rights of women, workers, LGBTQ people, voters – and the list goes on.”

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