Today, eleven progressive advocacy organizations led by NARAL Pro-Choice America, sent a letter to all Democratic Senators urging them to take bolder action to defeat Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
In the letter, the groups state, “Democrats have failed to demonstrate a strong, unified resistance to this nominee [Gorsuch] despite the fact that he is an ultra-conservative jurist who will undermine our basic freedoms and threaten the independence of the federal judiciary.” And then states, “We need you to do better.”
The Florida Supreme Court today held a hearing to review the language of a proposed amendment to the state constitution which would automatically restore the right to vote for many people with past felony convictions.
Responding to the hearing, ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon stated:
Nissan Faces Crackdown from Politicians, Civil Rights Leaders Over Harassment of African-American Workers
Major national elected and civil rights leaders—including U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), actor Danny Glover, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, and former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner — hand delivered a letter to Nissan officials at a factory in Canton, Miss. Saturday, demanding the company halt its ongoing harassment of African-American workers who are organizing to form a union.
ACLU Seeks Documents from Trump Administration on Plans for Permitting Discrimination Against Women, LGBT Community
The American Civil Liberties Union has today demanded documents from four federal agencies concerning a potential executive order that would sanction religiously motivated discrimination against LGBT people, members of minority faiths, women, and people seeking reproductive health care.
To fight back the Trump administration’s reported attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency, the People’s Climate Movement is calling on the public to join the April 29 March for Climate, Jobs and Justice.
Saturday: Politicians, Civil Rights Leaders Turn Up Heat on Nissan Over Treatment of African-American Workers
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, actor Danny Glover, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks and hundreds of community allies will converge on Nissan’s factory in Canton, Miss., Saturday to protest the automaker’s illegal treatment of its predominantly African-American workforce.
In response to the EPA’s announcement that oil and gas companies will no longer be required to report how much methane their fracking wells and drill sites emit, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve gave the following statement:
Puerto Rico's Governor is asking Congress to extend protections against debt lawsuits as the island charts a path for economic recovery. Governor Ricardo Rosselló submitted a fiscal plan to Puerto Rico's "control" board requesting the board ask Congress to continue debt lawsuit protection beyond May to the end of 2017.
More than 550,000 people have signed petitions started by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. The petitions were launched before news broke Wednesday evening that then-Sen. Sessions lied under oath about communications he had with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.
On his first full day in office, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an order revoking the phaseout of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges. The order reverses the position of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Obama that called for a phaseout of the use of toxic lead on refuges by 2022.
Settlement Requires Major Improvements in Conditions for Prisoners With Disabilities at Montana State Prison
Attorneys for prisoners with disabilities at the Montana State Prison and the state of Montana today filed a proposed settlement agreement that will bring the prison into greater compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This agreement guarantees that prisoners with physical disabilities will have greater access to facilities and programs at the prison that are available to the rest of the population, like vocational training programs and prison jobs.
Today, the U.S. Senate voted 62-37 to confirm former Texas governor Rick Perry as Energy Secretary. In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
Today, Common Cause demanded the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and that his successor name a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. Common Cause delivered a letter calling for his resignation during a protest outside the Department of Justice.
The Senate will soon vote on the confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy. Perry, who as a candidate for the presidency called for the elimination of the DOE, has a history of denying climate change, and solicited millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry during his time as governor and as a candidate for president.
Friends of the Earth Senior Strategic Advisor Damon Moglen offered the following response to Perry’s potential confirmation:
Following reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign, the America Civil Liberties Union is calling for an investigation into whether Sessions perjured himself during his confirmation hearing. ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero issued the following statement:
This morning, dozens of progressives delivered more than 225,000 petition signatures to Sen. Schumer’s office demanding that he remove Trump-apologist Joe Manchin from Senate Democratic Leadership. The groups displayed a banner reading “Sen Schumer: #DropManchin from Dem Leadership” and gathered in the Hart Senate Office Building before delivering the boxes of petition signatures to Sen. Schumer’s office.
Fast-Food Workers File Federal Civil Rights Suit Against City of Memphis Over Illegal Surveillance, Intimidation, Harassment
A local Fight for $15 fast-food worker organization filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Memphis Wednesday, charging its police department with a widespread and illegal campaign of surveillance and intimidation in an attempt to stifle the workers’ fight for $15 an hour and union rights.
Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló released a new fiscal plan that seeks to balance the island's budget by 2019. Last summer the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) became law. PROMESA requires the island's government to submit a fiscal plan to an economic oversight board for approval. The Rosselló plan aims to reduce the government's operating deficit through budget cuts and increased revenue collection.
The U.S. Senate today confirmed Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as the next interior secretary, placing him in charge of protecting more than 1,500 endangered species, managing 500 million acres of public lands and overseeing much of the country’s oil, gas and coal reserves.
Today, the Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary. In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement: