Progressive Briefing for Monday, September 24

Nationwide walkout for sexual assault survivors, Kavanaugh struggles with more questions, undocumented immigrants refuse to testify on domestic abuse, and more.

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Nationwide walkout planned to show solidarity with sexual assault survivors as Ford reaches tentative deal to testify

Women and men across the country are planning a national walkout on Monday afternoon in a show of solidarity with sexual assault survivors, as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify regarding her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

More than three dozen progressive organizations – including NARAL Pro-Choice America, CREDO, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund – announced the event late Saturday, calling on survivors and allies to wear black on Monday and to walk out of their workplaces, schools, and homes at 1:00pm EST. Supporters will also be posting photos of their participation online with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors.

White House leakers suggest Kavanaugh is struggling with questions about drinking and sex life during hearing prep

White House leakers suggested over the weekend that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is struggling with questions about his personal life in prep sessions for upcoming testimony, possibly paving the way to withdraw his nomination.

Sources familiar with the prep sessions told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh became frustrated while practicing for his testimony regarding sexual assault allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Fearing courthouse arrests under Trump’s crackdown, undocumented immigrants refuse to testify in domestic abuse cases

Confirming the fears of legal experts and immigrant rights advocates, undocumented immigrants are declining to testify against their abusers in domestic violence cases, for fear that they will be apprehended and potentially deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who make arrests at courthouses.

One city attorney, Kristin Bronson of Denver, reported to NBC News that she has been forced to drop at least 30 domestic violence cases since President Donald Trump entered office in January 2017, because victims refuses to appear in court.

Former county executive and chief of staff sentenced to prison

After pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud political campaign funds, the former County Executive for Jackson County, Missouri and his former chief of staff were sentenced to 27 months and six months in prison, respectively, for engaging in a scheme to steal campaign contributions. After stealing campaign funds to pay for gambling trips, they misappropriated money by directing political committees to issue checks to people. affiliated with straw donors, who performed little or no campaign-related work.

Senate Republicans learned of a second Kavanaugh accuser, then they tried to speed up his vote

A second woman says that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh violated her sexually, according to a new report by the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer. The woman, Deborah Ramirez, alleges that Kavanaugh “thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away” while they were both drinking at a dorm room party at Yale University.


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