Monday, March 12, 2012

CPUSA: Stop Republican judicial obstructionism!

The Republican extremist right wing is carrying out an unprecedented obstruction by refusing  to act on President Obama’s judicial nominations.  Nearly one in nine federal judgeships are vacant. This has created a crisis for democracy, which is denying justice to millions.

Take action to stop the obstruction!

Participate in the National Call-in Days on March 13-15. Call your senators toll free at 1-866-338-5720, and urge them to end the obstruction and vote on judicial nominees. Tell senators that for too many Americans, justice delayed is justice denied.

According to People for the American Way,

“There are now 19 pending nominees who have been approved by the Judiciary Committee who are waiting for a simple up-or-down vote from the Senate. Seventeen were approved by the Judiciary Committee with very strong bipartisan support: 12 without any opposition at all, and 5 with only one no vote. Ten have been waiting for three months or more for a vote from the full Senate. Ten have been nominated to fill vacancies classified as judicial emergencies. Fourteen of the 19 are women or people of color, and one is an openly gay man.”

The Republican strategy to flood the judicial system with young reactionary judges goes back to the Reagan administration. And we have seen the consequences, especially at the US Supreme Court.

From day one of the Obama administration Republicans in Congress have done everything possible to obstruct and block the President from getting anything done, cynically thinking this was their route back to power.

From the beginning they have obstructed judicial appointments resulting in the lowest rate of approval of any president in forty years.

It’s time to put an end to this. Call your senators toll free at 1-866-338-5720.

The national call-in days are being organized by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all.


John Bachtell
CPUSA Vice Chair

Source: e-letter from CPUSA

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