Friday 2/9 – Bad Judges

Vote “NO” on Howard Neilson

Why this video?

We do not always agree with Senator McCain, but we do when he’s talking about torture and those behind the scenes that allowed it to happen on American soil and in our name. Our next nominee falls in that category.

Howard Nielson, who is is being considered for a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, has a long history of opposing LGBT civil rights, advocating for Proposition 8 (“Prop 8”), the infamous CA voter initiative that restricted marriage to opposite-sex couples.

He is also implicated in torture issues.

While Neilson was  working as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) from 2003 to 2005, he gave “input” and  “participated” in “the review process” of the now infamous torture memos, created by then-heads of the OLC Stephen Bradbury and Daniel Levin. These memos authorized enhanced interrogation techniques,” waterboarding, and other forms of torture and  human rights abuses, which were ultimately revoked in 2009.

Though now he states that he believes waterboarding to be illegal (not “wrong” or “immoral”), Nielson co-wrote a letter to the editor criticizing an editorial of his former boss as “unfair” and specifically praising Bradbury as a “careful lawyer” with “unimpeachable integrity” and “sound judgment.”

Let’s  practice our own sound judgement and tell our Senators that we do not want Nielson to be confirmed.

Vote “NO” on Kyle Duncan

Kyle Duncan, a lawyer who has built a career around extreme positions against members of the LGBTQ community, has been nominated by Donald Trump for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has worked aggressively to eradicate LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, reproductive rights, voting rights, and more. Read about Duncan at Lambda Legal.  Let’s contact our Senators to let them know we oppose extremist nominee Kyle Duncan.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [__] to oppose the nominations of both Howard Neilson and Kyle Duncan to our federal courts.

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

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