As the year comes to an end and Congress leaves Washington, we find ourselves dealing with the mess left behind by the three-year campaign to delay final confirmation votes on President Barack Obama’s nominees to the federal courts.

The Senate session ended with 21 nominees waiting for final action on the Senate floor, in spite of the fact that virtually all of them faced no significant opposition. Those nominees spent an average of almost 200 days working their way through the glacially slow Senate confirmation process.

We all recognize the challenges we face in filling the federal judiciary’s 100 vacancies, and we know that we need to be even more active in 2012.

Now we need your help. A special tax-deductible contribution of $25, $50, or $100 before the end of the year will help Alliance for Justice ensure that we have the resources to pressure the White House and Senate to nominate and confirm fair, qualified and independent judges.

AFJ is tirelessly working toward a judiciary that will protect the rights of all Americans, not just the privileged few. We will lead the fight against obstructionism by the Senate minority and the breakdown of the judicial confirmation process. The dangerous delays and partisan games are harming the everyday Americans who rely on fair judges and efficient courtrooms to protect all of our rights.

With high-profile court cases looming in 2012 and a heated election year warming up, America needs a fair, functioning, and fully-staffed judiciary more than ever. We’re pushing the Senate to move past the politics and partisan games, but we can’t do it alone.

We can’t afford to stop fighting now. Your support can help us get ready for the next round. Please support the fight for a fair America by making a donation to Alliance for Justice!

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