Defeating Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch should be easy – Gorsuch has a legacy of slamming the courthouse door in the faces of workers, consumers, women, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities. So it is critical that senators hear from their constituents who oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. You can make a difference and #StopGorsuch by calling your senator, attending a town hall, scheduling an in-person meeting, or writing a letter to the editor. Find out more below!
Talking Points: What They Need to Hear
Use these tested talking points to make your position clear and keep the meeting focused on your goal: Stopping the appointment and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court!
- Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the independence of the judiciary. It is imperative that the next Supreme Court justice have a demonstrated commitment to standing up to his executive power. Judge Gorsuch has not publicly condemned the President’s attacks on the integrity of judges, nor made clear how he will check the President. Will you protect our judicial branch and oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court?
- Judge Neil Gorsuch has repeatedly ruled to favor corporations over the interests of everyday people. He has approved corporate personhood in limiting access to contraceptives and ruled against workers’ rights. Will you support a nominee who consistently votes with corporations over American workers and consumers?
- Judge Neil Gorsuch has, at many times, undermined essential rights for women, minorities, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ Americans. Do you vow to closely examine Neil Gorsuch’s record and ensure he properly enforces constitutional rights and important legal protections for all?
- Judge Neil Gorsuch has made clear he supports overturning long standing doctrines that ensure the federal government can ensure our access to clean air, water, safe food and medicine. Choosing a Supreme Court Justice involves more than just looking at this paper resume. Would you look beyond that resume and make sure that your constituents are protected?
- In Judge Neil Gorsuch’s own words, he believes that judges should “strive… to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward.” This is code for undermining advancements we have made in so many areas in recent decades, like women’s rights and LGBT rights. As our Senator, would you agree that this view of the Constitution is dangerous and should not be held by a Justice on our Supreme Court?
Use These Tips to Send The Message
How to Call Your Senator
You can reach your senators by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121.
- Tell the staff person who answers your name, town or city, and concerns, and ask your senator to vote “no” on Gorsuch’s confirmation.
- Always be polite and courteous.
- You can personalize your talking points with your own experiences.
How to Have an Impact at a Town Hall
- Get an agenda and format before the meeting so that you can plan accordingly. Some events require constituents to sign-up in advance to ask a question.
- Before the meeting, craft a brief question that states your views and puts a direct “ask” to the senator (like the ones above!) Arrive early and sit near the microphone. When you speak, identify yourself.
- Be confident, but always be polite.
- Don’t allow yourself to be interrupted before you are finished and politely make it clear if your question is evaded.
- Share your experience on social media via Twitter or Facebook. You might even use Facebook Live to broadcast parts of the meeting.
- Follow-up with the senator and staffer afterwards, reiterating your message.
- Bring homemade signs!
How to Schedule an In-Person Meeting
- Call the senator’s in-state office to make an appointment. Ask to speak to the scheduler.
- Be prepared to follow up with a written request by email. Include the number of people joining you, what organization(s) will be represented, and the issue you want to discuss.
- A day or two prior to your meeting, confirm the appointment by calling the scheduler or staff person with whom you will be visiting. If you have a written confirmation, bring a copy to the meeting.
- Consider holding a brief meeting or call just before the visit to discuss messages with your group and who will say what at the meeting.
- Don’t be disappointed if your meeting is with a staffer or if the senator only makes a brief appearance. Building a relationship with key staff people in the senator’s office is important.
- Bring some succinct written materials outlining your position and leave them with the person you are visiting.
- Leave time for the senator or staffer to share their point of view, but don’t allow them to hijack the meeting by talking about other issues. Be prepared to politely turn the conversation back to Judge Gorsuch’s nomination and his troubling views and past rulings.
Battling the Big Money Behind Gorsuch
The Koch-connected group Judicial Crisis Network has launched a $10 million multi-state advertising campaign to support Gorsuch. All our senators need to hear from their constituents and it’s critical that the senators in these states, who have been targeted by these ads, hear your voice –
Say Thank You
These senators stood up against the Trump administration to announce that they will oppose the Gorsuch nomination. They need to hear that we’re behind them.