Interfaith Clergy, Civil Rights Leaders Hold Supreme Court Rally to Denounce Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions

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January 30, 2017

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Interfaith Clergy, Civil Rights Leaders Hold Supreme Court Rally to Denounce Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions

 

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

 

 

Washington, D.C. -- On Monday, January 30th, at 11 a.m., a prominent coalition of interfaith clergy and civil rights leaders will hold a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court to call on 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 the following day.

 

Faith leaders stand firmly against President Trump's recent executive orders to build a border wall, escalate the targeting of undocumented immigrants, and ban refugees and visas from several Muslim-majority countries. They see Sen. Sessions as an extension of Trump’s immoral policies and unprincipled leadership.

 

“As people of faith, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are under threat -- immigrants, refugees, and people of color. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” said Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life and lead organizer for the event. “We need an Attorney General who protects voting rights for people of color rather than seeking to undermine them. We are urging Mr. Trump to not allow bigotry and discrimination to be the hallmark policy of his administration.”

 

What: Press conference with prominent clergy and civil rights leaders

 

When: Monday, January 30, 2017, 11 a.m. EST

 

Where:

U.S. Supreme Court

1 First St NE,

Washington, DC 20543

 

Who:

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life

Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation

Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Barbara Weinstein, Associate Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Director, Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism

Talib Shareef, Imam and President, Masjid Muhammad

Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director, United We Dream Network

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


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