Friday, March 23, 2018

ACTION: SENATE MUST SAY NO TO EXTREMIST JUDGES

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, March 23, 2018
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Senate Must Say No To Extremist Judges
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#ProtectOurCourts
#NoExtremistJudges
#CourtsMatter

While the White House is in chaos, McConnell and the Koch Brothers continue to push unqualified, extreme-right judicial nominees toward confirmation.

These nominees are recommended by Federalist Society and are only cursorily vetted by White House counsel Don McGahn. They’re hostile towards voting rights, women’s rights, marriage equality, consumer protection, disability rights, workers’ rights, and environmental protection.

The Senate must play their constitutionally mandated “advise-and-consent” role and reject the fast-tracking of these extreme, unqualified nominees - or the 4 appellate and 28 district court nominees awaiting confirmation will soon have lifetime appointments. Especially egregious are:
--Circuit Court nominees
• Michael Brennan: denies racial bias in the court system; won’t follow judicial precedence; questioned glass ceiling; anti-LGBTQ
• Kurt Engelhardt: disturbing rulings on racial violence/injustice, sexual
harassment, pregnancy discrimination
• Kyle Duncan: fought rights for LGBTQ, women, people of color
--District Court nominees
• Thomas Farr: disenfranchised voters of color, attacked workers’ rights
• Howard Nielson: defended torture; anti-gay/ACA/women’s reproductive rights/gun control
• Matthew Kacsmaryk: extreme opposition to women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, contraceptive coverage
• Mark Norris: anti-LGBTQ

Their confirmation will move courts towards right-wing extremism—causing harm to Americans now and for years to come. Our senators must oppose these and future extremist nominees.

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**ACTION 1: CALL SENATORS MERKLEY AND WYDEN**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT:

“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I am deeply concerned about Trump’s pending judicial nominees and the process being used to vet them. Federal judges receive lifetime appointments that will shape our justice system for decades. Our judges should protect the rights of workers, LGBTQ people, women, immigrants, and people of color. I urge you to vote “No” on any judicial nominee who, instead, favors the wealthy and powerful over equal rights for all. Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2: CALL, TEXT, AND EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO DO THE SAME.

“Share" or copy/paste this action!
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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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