On Wednesday, Aug. 15, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The future of American democracy is at stake. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, we will have single party control over all three branches of government, possibly for decades to come. Legally sanctioned partisan gerrymandering and targeted voter suppression laws will make it possible for one party to hold onto power potentially indefinitely and prevent the other from ever getting elected. Coast-to-coast abortion bans, total repeal of all labor and environmental protections, and even internment camps for immigrants are all real possibilities a permanent 5-4 hyper-conservative court under Kavanaugh could uphold.

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It is impossible to overstate the dire consequence of this vote.

Throughout 2012, 2016, and now 2018, North Dakota progressives were told to vote for Democrats because the alternative was too awful to consider. We were told that even if we disagreed with everything else that Democrat did, we should vote for her anyway because of the importance of the Supreme Court.

Well, now the Supreme Court is on the line. And Heitkamp has already voted for one of this president's nominees.

How will she vote on this one?

Heitkamp reads letters from her constituents. She prefers handwritten letters, and personal stories (if you have one). Be polite. You can find mailing addresses and phone numbers for each of her five statewide campaign offices at the bottom of the front page of her Senate website.

If you want democracy, not rubber-stamp dictatorship, tell her so. If you want bodily autonomy for women, tell her so. If you want rights for all workers, tell her so. If you want a healthy planet for your grandchildren, tell her so.

Please don't betray us, Sen. Heitkamp. Don't betray women. Don't betray the people of this great state who elected you.

Scott, Fargo, is a member of the Red River Valley Democratic Socialists of America.