Celebrities And Activists Send Moving Video Message To Christine Blasey Ford

And a GoFundMe page for Christine Blasey Ford has raised thousands of dollars.

Celebrities And Activists Send Moving Video Message To Christine Blasey Ford

Celebrities and non-public figures alike are speaking out in support of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who recently came forward with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The California professor has seen an incredible show of encouragement over the last several days, with a GoFundMe page in her honor racking up thousands of dollars and a star-studded video dedicated to her making the rounds online.

The GoFundMe page for Ford was launched after The New York Times reported that the professor and her family had to leave her home to protect themselves from death threats. According to the description, the money from the fundraiser is meant to go toward "security expenses" for Ford while excess will be donated to women's organizations.

"My reason for starting this fundraiser is to make concrete the power of collective action in providing security, and therefore support, Dr. Blasey's willingness to contribute to a thorough, fair vetting of a nominee for Supreme Court Justice," the fundraiser's creator, Heidi Feldman, wrote in the description.

The page received an overwhelming response, raising over $209,000  in just a day — well above its initial $175,000 goal. According to the GoFundMe count, more 6,600 people made contributions to the fundraiser (which has since stopped accepted donations).

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In addition to donating, dozens are taking to social media to show support for Ford. On Wednesday, a video sporting the hashtag #WeBelieveYou was shared on Twitter. Titled #DearProfessorFord, the video featured a slew of celebrities, activists, and other public figures praising Ford for coming forward with the allegations. Among the featured names were Julianne Moore, America Ferrara, Eva Longoria, Amber Tamblyn, National Domestic Workers Alliance director Ai-jen Poo, and attorney Reshma Saujani.

"Dear Professor Ford, we know how difficult it is to stand up to powerful people," the women in the video said. "We want to thank you for publicly sharing your story of sexual violence. As members of the Senate determine whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should serve as a Supreme Court Justice, this context is critical."

They went on to say that the behavior in Ford's allegations "runs directly counter to upholding the law and promoting justice" and that Kavanaugh should not be confirmed. 

"We applaud your courage in coming forward and we will be with you as face the inevitable backlash. You are strong, and you are a survivor. Millions of us have your back," the women in the video state, before concluding by saying "Signed, your sisters."

The message for Ford comes as she faces a crucial decision. While a hearing over her allegations is scheduled to take place on Monday, it still remains unclear if she will testify. Earlier this week, Ford's legal team said she won't give her testimony until the FBI investigates the allegations. On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley set a deadline for Ford to make her choice.

The decision is ultimately hers to make, but one thing seems clear: Should Ford choose to testify, she will have plenty of supporters from around the world backing her up.

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