Interfaith Clergy, Civil Rights Leaders Denounce Nomination

of Sen. Jeff Sessions at Supreme Court

Ahead of Senate Judiciary Committee vote, leaders urge senators to reject Sessions for U.S. Attorney General

Washington, D.C. --  On Monday, January 30th, a prominent coalition of interfaith clergy and civil rights leaders held a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court to urge senators to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Sessions’ confirmation today.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life:

“A vote to confirm Jeff Sessions is a vote for every radical, immoral, un-American policy President Trump rolled out last week. A vote to confirm Sessions is a vote to further embolden an already out-of-control president. Senators, fulfill your constitutional and patriotic duty by providing real checks and balances. Senators on both sides of the aisle must choose courage over camaraderie.”

 

Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy VP of National Council of La Raza:

“The Attorney General is charged with protecting the rights and liberties of all Americans. But Senator Sessions’ record shows that he does not see all people in our country as deserving of equal treatment. Senators who ignore these warning signs are turning their back on a vast segment of the American family.”

 

Talib Shareef, Imam and President of Masjid Muhammad:

“One nation, one God, one humanity. This is our creed. A reputation is based on what you do, not based on what you are going to do. He says he is going to better, but his record says differently. We are asking you all to stand with us and demand an independent replacement who supports one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream Network:

“An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. We call on the Senate to vote against Jeff Sessions and stand with us.  From this day on, we are calling on all people of conscious to create sanctuaries. Sanctuaries in our homes, our churches, our hearts, our minds. Sanctuaries where hope and faith can live. It is our duty to fight. It is our duty to win.”

 

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action:

“We are blessed to live in this moment. There is no doubt that our democracy is undergoing a constitutional crisis. There is no doubt that our society is undergoing a moral crisis. The converging of these two crisis gives us the opportunity for a civic and moral reawakening. We will not be silent. We want to say as clearly as we can to the US Senate, that it is your constitutional duty to exercise advice and consent. You own this and if you don’t provide a check to this brazen administration, we will hold you accountable.”


 

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