Friday, January 26, 2018

ACTION: SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, January 26, 2018
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SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY:
OPPOSE EXTREMIST CIRCUIT COURT NOMINEES
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#ProtectOurCourts
#NoExtremistJudges

Our country is lurching from one crisis to another, and all eyes are on struggles to protect DREAMERS, fund disaster relief, and pass a budget that provides for the needs of the American people. All of these heat-of-the-moment issues require our immediate attention.

Simultaneously, Trump and his Senate GOP allies are jamming through confirmation of extreme right-wing judges, doing long-term damage to our future as a functioning democracy. We must take this threat seriously, even though protecting our courts may not inspire the same degree of urgency.
Because the Supreme Court takes so few cases, Circuit Courts are often courts of last resort. Trump’s 12 appointees (7 without judicial experience) are hostile to voting rights, women’s rights, same-sex marriage, consumer protection, disability rights, workers’ rights, environmental protection, limiting executive authority.

Packing the courts with hard-right, ideological, and even unqualified judges—like Kyle Duncan (5th Cir.) and David Stras (8th Cir), whose nominations were just sent to Senate floor— puts our rights/freedoms at risk.

Legislation can be reversed, but judges serve for life. So, call your Senators and demand they oppose these confirmations, bringing Senate business to a halt for all but mainstream nominees.
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH YOUR SENATORS**
(or leave a voice mail after hours)

SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the extreme right-wing judges being confirmed for membership on the Circuit Courts. I appreciate the Senator speaking out on this issue. I would like him to oppose nominees Kyle Duncan (5th Circuit) and David Stras (8th Circuit) who will put our rights and freedoms at risk for years. And I am asking him to do everything in his power to convince Senate colleagues to use all weapons available, including bringing Senate business to a halt, until Trump agrees to choose nominees with bipartisan credentials. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them call their Senators to explain the seriousness of this assault on the federal Circuit Courts, which are usually litigants’ courts of last resort, and to ask them for a promise to use all weapons available to block Trump’s most recent ultra conservative judicial nominees—Kyle Duncan for the 5th Circuit and David Stras for the 8th Circuit—until Trump agrees to send judges with bipartisan credentials.
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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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