Tarana Burke organizes a national walkout in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
“Wear black and walk out.” That’s the directive straight from Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, who is organizing a national walkout for tomorrow, September 24, in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Burke took to social media to share the news of the national walkout, occurring tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. “Survivors, allies, and organizations will host a nationwide walkout and moment of solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.”
We believe Dr. Blasey Ford. We believe survivors. Join us for a national walkout in solidarity w/ survivors of sexual violence on Mon., Sept. 24 @ 1PM EST by wearing black and posting a message to say #BelieveSurvivors #MeToomvmt https://t.co/txx6X9KcxQ
— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) September 22, 2018
In the wake of Dr. Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh being made public, her life has altered drastically. Dr. Ford, her husband, and their children have had to move from their home and hire private security due to threats and harassment from fanatical Kavanaugh supporters. According to Dr. Ford’s husband, if Kavanaugh is confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, she refuses to live in this country. “She was like, ‘I can’t deal with this. If he becomes the nominee, then I’m moving to another country. I cannot live in this country if he’s in the Supreme Court,’” he recalls.
The national walkout is to demonstrate the overwhelming amount of support fellow #MeToo survivors wish to share with Dr. Ford. “Dr. Blasey Ford has bravely come forward with her story of sexual assault at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh, despite knowing this will come at great cost to her life and her family,” the Facebook event says. “Her willingness to testify in the face of relentless bullying, victim-blaming, and unfair Committee process by Republicans is yet another symbol of her courage and her willingness to speak her truth.”
Plenty of people are on board for supporting Dr. Ford tomorrow.
The fact that she came forward, knowing full well her life would be in upheaval and threatened is proof enough for me. Also, Kavanaugh lied under oath. I believe the victim. #metoo
— Wyona Yaffe Lendo (@WyonaLendo) September 22, 2018
Yes. Absolutely. I'm in. One question:
— Nell Scovell (@NellSco) September 23, 2018
— Ron Hogan (@RonHogan) September 22, 2018
I will wear black.
I will support Dr. Basley Ford.
I will support Anita Hill.
I will support any woman
Or non-binary person
Who has ever been silenced.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) September 22, 2018
I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
I'll be joining the nationwide walkout with my sisters and brothers across the country on Monday at 1pmET/10amPT to stand in solidarity with her and survivors everywhere.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 22, 2018
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) September 22, 2018
THIS MONDAY! Sow solidarity with Dr. Ford and assault survivors everywhere and demand that Kavanugh NOT ascend to the Supreme Court. Wear black and join the walkout. Women will get this done! #StopKavanaugh #BelieveSurvivors RT to spread the word! https://t.co/3jmnoOghA2
— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) September 22, 2018
So wear your black, walk out of work, walk out of your house — just walk out. At 1 p.m. tomorrow. To show Dr. Ford we’re in this together. “She is not alone. Allies want her to know they have her back. If someone can’t walk out, they can show their support by posting a video or a picture to their social media.”
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