October 17, 2018
Grab your book of spells and head to Catland Books, we’re hexing Brett Kavanaugh
by Stephanie DeLuca
The scariest thing about October this year is not, in fact, Halloween and the ghosts and goblins which accompany the holiday.
No, the scariest thing that’s happened this month would be the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a horror all too real.
And as so often happens in times of darkness, a bookstore offers itself as a gathering place for the community: Catland Books, a bookstore in Bushwick, Brooklyn specializing in the occult, will host an event to place a hex on Kavanaugh this coming Saturday, October 20th. As reported by Alix Langone at TIME Magazine, Kavanaugh will be the focus of the event, but the spell will be cast to focus “upon all rapists and the patriarchy which emboldens, rewards and protects them,” according to the event’s invitation. One imagines that Catland will have plenty of spell books to choose from.
Dakota Bracciale, the event organizer, told TIME, “We wanted to have an act of resistance. It’s about having space for survivors of sexual assault who are not going to be silent and who don’t want Brett Kavanaugh to serve as a symbol of defeat.” The hex will be followed by The Rites of the Scorned One, which “seeks to validate, affirm, uphold and support those of us who have been wronged and who refuse to be silent any longer.”
Whether or not the hex works, this is an opportunity for those opposed to Kavanaugh to voice their opposition, surround themselves with like-minded people in a safe place, and perform rituals in order to heal. When it feels like there is nothing that can be done, when all of our power has been taken away, there is nothing else to do but gather and rely on each other for strength. In that spirit, as the invite explains, they “will be embracing witchcraft’s true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised and its history as often the only weapon, the only means of exacting justice available to those of us who have been wronged by men just like him.” Adding to this feeling of helping the disenfranchised, 50% of ticket sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood and to the Ali Forney Center, an LGBT community center.
Catland Books is not new to this – last summer, they held similar events to hex Donald Trump. Has anyone asked Lana Del Rey what she’s up to on Saturday?
Stephanie DeLuca is the director of publicity at Melville House.