October 12, 2018
Kavanaugh Confirmation Greeted by Massive Protests
Alliance for Justice joined massive demonstrations in Washington, D.C. as Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court squeaked by with a 50-48 vote. AFJ President Nan Aron spoke to crowds that gathered on Capitol Hill on the Friday night before the Saturday, October 6 confirmation, and again as thousands protested on Saturday. Although the outcome of the fight to oppose Kavanaugh was not what AFJ and our many allies and partner organizations wanted, the fight made a difference in galvanizing the progressive community and shrinking the margin of the confirmation vote to a bare minimum. Many demonstrations in the final week focused on solidarity with survivors of sexual assault. See AFJ’s photos from the events here.
Health Care at Risk with Sixth Circuit Nominee Readler
In a new report on Sixth Circuit nominee Chad Readler, AFJ raises the alarm about Readler’s record on issues including health care. As a Justice Department official in the Trump Administration, Readler put his name on a brief arguing to do away with the Affordable Care Act’s protections for preexisting conditions. The loss of those protections could affect more than 50 million Americans. At his confirmation hearing on October 10, Readler dodged questions about the potentially catastrophic impacts of his role in the effort to remove these protections. Readler’s nomination is being advanced with a blue slip signaling approval from his home-state Senator, Sherrod Brown. AFJ opposes his confirmation.
Sixth Circuit Nominee Murphy Sides with Special Interests
Alliance for Justice’s research report on Eric Murphy, nominated for the Sixth Circuit, shows that Murphy has fought to make it easier for Ohio to disenfranchise voters, has argued against marriage equality in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case, has attacked reproductive rights, and has repeatedly sided with special interests. Senator Sherrod Brown has also withheld a blue slip on Murphy, saying, “I cannot support nominees who have actively worked to strip Ohioans of their rights. Special interests already have armies of lobbyists and lawyers on their side, they don’t need judges in their pockets.” AFJ opposes Murphy’s confirmation.
Package of Judicial Nominees Confirmed
The Senate confirmed 15 more Trump federal judicial nominees on October 11 as part of an agreement to adjourn until after the election. The confirmations included three that AFJ opposed: David Porter in the Third Circuit, Ryan Nelson in the Ninth Circuit, and Mark Norris in the Western District of Tennessee.
It’s Election Time! Wondering What Nonprofits Can and Can’t Do?
Do you work for or with a nonprofit? Nonprofits face lots of questions about which activities they can take part in around election time, such as hosting candidates to discuss their issues, helping get out the vote, and more. Check out this cheat sheet from AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy program for a quick guide to what’s allowed in this political season.
Mark Your Calendars: AFJ’s Champions for Justice Gala Dinner is December 4
Former Deputy AG Sally Yates and well-known attorney Roberta Kaplan will be the focus of AFJ’s annual gala on December 4 in New York. Roberta will receive the Champion of Justice award for her lifetime of work taking on cases such as the landmark United States v. Windsor, in which the Supreme Court held that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, leading to marriage equality nationwide. Our keynote speaker will be Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General in the Obama administration and Acting Attorney General from January 20, 2017 through January 30, 2017. She made headlines for refusing to enforce President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban. Click here to purchase tickets and sponsorships!
Seo 29, 2018 – #BelieveSurvivors, #StopKavanaugh
Sep 14, 2018 – Bradley Whitford Stars in AFJ Constitution Day Video
Aug 24, 2018 – AFJ Joins Calls to Delay Kavanaugh Hearings
Aug 17, 2018 – Immigration Advocates, AFJ Speak Out Against Kavanaugh
Aug 10, 2018 – Kavanaugh Records Fight Takes Center Stage
Jul 26, 2018 – Kavanaugh’s Extreme Views Emerge in New Report
Jul 19, 2018 – Bounds Nomination Withdrawn
Jul 12, 2018 – #StopKavanaugh Campaign Launches
Jul 05, 2018 – Join AFJ in the Fight to #SaveSCOTUS
Jun 28, 2018 – Justice Kennedy Announces Retirement from SCOTUS
Jun 02, 2018 – AFJ Leads Immigration Advocates Opposing Judicial Nominees
May 19, 2018 – Nominee Votes Postponed Following AFJ, Allies’ Pressure
May 12, 2018 – Enough Is Enough
May 05, 2018 – Judiciary Committee Has Explosive Week Ahead