#VOTEPROCHOICE, ALYSSA MILANO AND COALITION OF PROGRESSIVE LEADERS LAUNCH GOFUNDME FOR DR. CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD'S LEGAL SERVICES

17 national leaders unite to raise money for assault survivor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

WASHINGTON DC — National prochoice voting project #VOTEPROCHOICE joined Alyssa Milano and a coalition of progressive organizations, movement leaders and activists launching a GoFundMe to cover expenses for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Ford is a psychology professor at Palo Alto University who bravely shared her story of assault and attempted rape in the 1980s at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh, current nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States. All dollars raised by the GoFundMe page will be directed to legal and security expenses as Dr. Blasey Ford directs.

“The confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh is a fight for the moral compass of our nation and the kind of government we want to have for generations to come. We must learn from the mistakes of 1991, when both Republicans and Democrats shamed, demeaned, and ignored Anita Hill for speaking up about sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas,” said Heidi Sieck, coalition organizer and cofounder of #VOTEPROCHOICE. “The GOP is attacking and threatening Dr. Blasey Ford's very life and smearing her character. We must show that we truly stand with her. Supporting her financially is essential to making sure this brave assault survivor is heard and to ensure her life is restored to some dignity. We cannot allow Brett Kavanaugh to be confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”

The GoFundMe asks supporters to donate generously to ensure Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has the resources needed for her legal strategy and security expenses. The coalition is communicating with Dr. Blasey Ford's law firm and lead partner Debra Katz's office, and funds will be delivered pursuant to Dr. Blasey Ford's personal instructions.

"Black women know all too well the pain and degradation that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is facing now that she has come forward and that Anita Hill endured nearly 30 years ago.  We are speaking out with Dr. Ford. We believe her. We support her. We stand with Anita and with every woman and girl of color told to stay silent or bullied into silence by a culture and a system does not value our voices, our bodies or our lives," said Monica Simpson, Executive Director of SisterSong. "We will continue to be loud and to push back on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.  These allegations and his record make it clear that this is not someone who will respect the needs or the experiences of women of color. So we will say what needs to be said and we will do so in honor of the many women and girls who don’t feel safe to tell their stories and the ones who are disrespected and denigrated when they do.”

"We honor the bravery shown by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when she spoke out to share her story.  We know all too well the risk she is taking in doing so and we understand that she took that step because she understands how important it is to halt the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh," said COLOR policy director Karla Gonzales Garcia. "The women of this country cannot afford to have another sexual predator on the highest court in the land and the women in our community will not stand by silently and allow this to happen. We know that when it comes to the kinds of decisions handed down by the Supreme Court that it is our health, our rights and our lives on the line.”

Coalition Partners:

#VOTEPROCHOICE
Alyssa Milano
Lady Parts Justice League and Lizz Winstead
March On
SisterSong: National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
American Family Voices
Art Not War and Laura Dawn Murphy
Bird Girl Industries with Melissa Bird
Blue Wave Voters
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
CTZNWELL and Kerri Kelly
Democrats.com
Humanity for Progress
Rights and Democracy
Strong Economy For All Coalition
Trans United Fund
Ultraviolet and Shaunna Thomas