Mon. – 5/7: Our judges are the last barrier we have against injustice. Tell your senator that this matters to you.

#1 – Protest the End of the “Blue Slip” Process.

Trump is packing the courts with anti-labor, anti-women’s rights, anti-workers’ rights, anti-civil rights and anti-LGBTQ rights, right-wing judges. This week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley aim to confirm multiple federal judges as quickly as possible. They have set up a week of votes and hearings starting May 7.

To speed the process, Grassley has abandoned the “blue slip” process whereby a Senator from a nominee’s state may block an appointment. The Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, strongly opposed this move in the case of Seventh Circuit nominee Michael Brennan, which is being pushed forward over the objection of his home-state senator Tammy Baldwin. Feinstein has noted that if Brennan is confirmed it would be the first time in more than 30 years that a circuit court nominee was confirmed over a home-state senator’s objections. Brennan’s is one of six circuit court nominations that could be voted on during the week. Meanwhile, there are reports that a hearing will be held Wednesday for Ninth Circuit (which includes California) nominee Ryan Bounds of Oregon, for whom neither Oregon senator has returned a blue slip signaling approval for the process to advance. This action on Bounds is “an unprecedented affront to the advise-and-consent role of senators”; no circuit court nominee has ever been confirmed over objections of both home-state senators.

Minimum Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Senator Feinstein to voice my outrage that Senators Grassley and McConnell are destroying the time-honored blue slip system. Continue reading “Mon. – 5/7: Our judges are the last barrier we have against injustice. Tell your senator that this matters to you.”

Wed. – 5/2 This Koch-ster is coming up for a full Senate vote. Brevent Brennan from getting a lifetime seat at our expense!

Michael Brennan is coming up for a full Senate vote this coming for a potential lifetime appointment on the federal bench.

This comes despite the fact that Wisconsin’s Democratic senator, Tammy Baldwin, refused to turn in a blue slip for him due to his hard-right opinions.

(AFJ.org) “Brennan’s record and writings indicate that he holds a singularly troubling belief: that conservative judges should not follow precedents they disagree with. He has celebrated Supreme Court decisions that have weakened civil rights, and encouraged conservative judges to be more vigorous in overturning acts of Congress. He has called for unchecked executive power and sought to weaken rights of criminal defendants.”

Withholding a blue slip usually means the end of a nomination, but, as Baldwin noted in a letter earlier this year,  “President Trump’s nomination of Mr. Brennan disregards the longstanding, bipartisan process in Wisconsin that has informed the selection of federal judges in my state,” Baldwin said. “This is a particularly troubling step at a time when institutions and traditions of democracy seem under constant attack, and bipartisanship feels like a fading concept.”

But, Senator Baldwin, he’s got something much better than a blue slip from you…

He has heavy backing from the Koch brothers , the far-right corporatists that helped engineer the dark-money campaign behind the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court campaign. At Brennan’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he couldn’t even acknowledge fact-based racial bias in the justice system.

YAY! Just what we need in a judge. Someone for whom facts have no meaning when compared to the interests of those he longs to serve. Continue reading “Wed. – 5/2 This Koch-ster is coming up for a full Senate vote. Brevent Brennan from getting a lifetime seat at our expense!”

Mon. – 4/23 – The Senate is voting at 3:00 pm on this guy…

Vote “NO” on Kyle Duncan TODAY! – Swamp your senators’ D.C. numbers!

Even if you’ve called on this guy before. Here is today’s schedule.

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #624, Stuart Kyle Duncan, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #624, Stuart Kyle Duncan, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

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 nomination of Kyle Duncan to our federal courts.

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553
Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

 

Mon. 4/16 – That’s a hard “NO” on Wendy Vitter

She would like a lifetime position on the  Federal Bench in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

It’s hard to imagine a worse judicial nominee than Wendy Vitter. She’s pushed fake science as fact when it suits her anti-abortion agenda, for example, championing baseless theories linking abortion and contraception to cancer and infertility. She won’t even say her opinion on Brown vs. Board of Education decision out loud. She has stated anti-immigrant views and has worked in a DA’s office which was accused of multiple instances of unconstitutional behavior.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Senator [___] to oppose the nomination of Wendy Vitter.

More script if you want it: Her extreme fact-free anti-abortion views endanger our health, and her shocking refusal to disavow the segregation of schools puts her far outside the judicial mainstream. Vitter is a dangerous and unqualified nominee who shouldn’t be let anywhere near a federal bench.

Contact

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
Other Senator Contacts:  www.phoneyourrep.com Continue reading “Mon. 4/16 – That’s a hard “NO” on Wendy Vitter”

Friday 3/23 – A “NO” that counts double! – an inappropriate nominee AND a NRA favorite!

HOWARD NIELSON IS A RADICAL RIGHT-WING CHOICE FOR THE JUDICIARY, AND THE SENATE MUST STOP HIS CONFIRMATION.

We’ve talked about Howard Nielson before…one more of the seemingly endless supply of  reactionary hard-right candidates the Trump administration has loaded up, ready to take over lifetime appointments in our court system.

Pay attention to what he’s done. Not what he says…

  • Anti-LGBTQ+: Nielson defended the anti-LGBTQ Proposition 8 in California by arguing that the federal judge hearing the case should be disqualified for being gay. His bigoted motion to disqualify the judge was denied. During the court case, he put forth the arguments that same-sex attraction was a choice and that LGBTQ individuals were not discriminated against. He also wrote an amicus brief against Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • Politicized the DoJ: In 2002, Nielson participated in the illegal politicization of the hiring process for civil servants at the Justice Department by screening out left-leaning candidates for openings. In a report regarding this, he inspector general added, “the problem was not necessarily with the law. The problem was with the application of the law by the people in the Department of Justice, which is very troubling that the Department of Justice would not adhere to the law.”
  • Pro-Torture: Nielson’s involvement with issues of torture and executive power must be fully disclosed. He worked under Steven Bradbury (the architect of the Bush-era torture regime and a recently-confirmed Trump administration lawyer) during the George W. Bush administration, and assisted Bradbury in crafting the legal rationale to justify torture of detainees. Nielson’s argument that the US could torture people as long as they weren’t physically in the US caused Betty Van Schaack, former Deputy to the Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes, to say that his

    “erroneous legal reasoning and conclusions” were so flawed that the memo should be “add[ed] . . . to the Legal Scrapheap.”  Continue reading “Friday 3/23 – A “NO” that counts double! – an inappropriate nominee AND a NRA favorite!”

Thurs. 3/1 – The worst of us wants to judge the rest of us.

Imagine if all those horrible uncles who ruin Thanksgiving dinners by spouting racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic rants, were suddenly given the power to act on their words…

Action: Take a look at the judges the Trump administration is proposing to fill our life-time court appointments with, and try to estimate the damage they can do. Then make the calls.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [___] to vote “NO” on the administration’s collection of far-right extremist judicial nominations, either as a member of the Judiciary Committee or from the floor if they are passed through.

Extra credit: Call them out by name.

Contact your Legislator

Is my senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee?

Senator Feinstein (Member of Judiciary Committee): 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
Other Rep./Senator Contacts: www.phoneyourrep.com

The “bad uncles” now waiting in the Judiciary Committee…

Continue reading “Thurs. 3/1 – The worst of us wants to judge the rest of us.”

Wildcard Wednesday 2/7 – 4 fast actions on DACA, a racist judge, Sinclair & the Internet.

Some three dozen people were arrested by ICE on April 17th, 2017 in the ‘Interfaith Day of Prophetic Action’ demonstration.(FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Whether your legislator is red or blue, FLOOD their lines today!

In addition to our regularly scheduled calls on media issues today, we’d like you to make two other calls, even if you’ve made them before.

#1 – DACA

Their time is running out.
The CR budget running out tomorrow night and Congress’ willingness to forge a bipartisan DACA bill. However, the president remains a moving target and now insists that he’d love a government shutdown if an immigration deal does not “get rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country”.  Of course, actual research shows the opposite. Let’s tell our MoCs that we expect them to vote for and put forward a clean DACA bill.

Minimal Script: Hi. I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Rep./Sen [name] for supporting the Dream Act (H.R. 3440/S.1615), family unification, and to demand no funding for a wasteful wall or surplus border staffing.

 

Call Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

AND Call 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

Other Rep/Senator Contactshttp://www.phoneyourrep.com

#2 – NO on Farr

Continue reading “Wildcard Wednesday 2/7 – 4 fast actions on DACA, a racist judge, Sinclair & the Internet.”