Monday, August 14, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO SAVE THE FEDERAL COURTS FROM RIGHT-WING TAKEOVER

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, August 14, 2017
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SAVE THE FEDERAL COURTS FROM RIGHT-WING TAKEOVER
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#FairJudges
#NoRightWingJudges
Trump’s racist rhetoric brought horror to Charlottesville. His federal judge nominees will bring these views to courts. We must stop their confirmation.
We rely on the courts to protect Americans from Trump’s bigoted, perilous agenda. Trump is nominating extremist judges who will shape our legal system for decades to come. (http://slate.me/2rC9Fi6)
• Trump is responsible for filling more vacancies than any modern first-term president, due to GOP obstruction under Obama. Trump can pack the federal bench with racist, sexist, homophobic judges sharing his antipathy to civil rights/liberties.
• Within the year, 1 out of 8 cases might be heard by Trump appointees. In four years, he can fill over half of all judgeships.
http://nyti.ms/2uAPrLUhttp://read.bi/2vMts1yhttp://wapo.st/2wVN4Qv
Trump is also bypassing Democrats in the nominating process, which in previous administrations produced consensus candidates http://politi.co/2vV66KBhttp://bit.ly/2uANYW5.
There ARE tactics that Democrats can use to slow/stop the process:
• Demand candidates be reviewed by the American Bar Association before being nominated;
• Demand that nominees’ writings, legal representations and public statements are relevant to confirmation
• Stop Republicans from curtailing “blue slip” rights that allow senators to block unacceptable home-state nominees.
Our senators must stop Senate business until Trump nominates mainstream judicial nominees with bipartisan credentials. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATOR
(if you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail! It all makes a difference!)** 
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the extremist judicial nominees that Trump is sending to the Senate for confirmation. I am asking the Senator to slow or stop the confirmation process, by contesting procedural changes: for example, I’d like the Senator to demand that all nominees are reviewed by the American Bar Association; that nominees’ writings and public statements are evaluated during confirmation; and that Republicans allow “blue slip” rights so that senators can block unacceptable home-state appointments. Further, I’d like the senator to halt all business in the Senate until Trump agrees to send nominees with bipartisan credentials.”
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**ACTION 2: GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK OUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE TRUMP’S RADICAL JUDICIAL NOMINEES
(http://bit.ly/IO_Events)
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. We look to the courts to protect our civil rights and maintain checks and balances within our government. This is why I am very concerned about the extremist judicial nominees that Trump is sending to the Senate for confirmation. They are outside the mainstream. If appointed, these judges will fail to protect citizens from government overreach. What steps are you prepared to take to prevent the confirmation of these right-wing racist, sexist, homophobic judges? Are you willing to halt all business in the Senate until Trump agrees to send nominees with bipartisan credentials?” 
If you can’t get to a town hall, please call Senator Wyden’s and Merkley’s office and ask them the above questions.
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**ACTION 3: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. And help them to call and tell their Senators to push for these Congressional hearings.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 

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