‘Stop Donald Trump nominee Jeff Sessions’


This video from the USA says about itself:

Sessions’ Extreme Record

31 January 2017

Jeff Sessions‘ attempted to jail Alabama civil rights workers who were registering Black voters in 1985. Since then, time and time again, Sessions has failed to stand up for the rights of all Americans. As Rep. John Lewis‘ told the Committee during Sessions’ confirmation hearing: “We need someone as Attorney General who’s going to look out for all of us.”

From the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the USA today:

5 things you need to know about Jeff Sessions and why you should contact your senators

The full Senate is scheduled to vote this week on the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General of the United States. LDF has thoroughly researched Jeff Sessions’ troubling decades-long record on civil rights and racial justice and followed his hearing closely. Both his record and his testimony underscore that he is unqualified to be Attorney General.

We urge you to call your senators right now about Jeff Sessions and make sure your voice is heard.

Here are five things you should know from Senator Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee:

1. In ten hours of testimony, Sessions never spoke about the need to defend victims of discrimination.

2. Sessions continued to misrepresent his record and take credit for significant civil rights victories secured by other lawyers.

3. Sessions defended “properly drafted” voter ID laws, despite several recent federal court rulings holding that voter ID laws have unlawfully discriminated against Black and Latino voters.

4. Sessions declined to commit to “defending the rights of Muslim Americans as strenuously as those of any other faith” to be free from discrimination, and said he was “not sure” if lawyers with a secular worldview are as capable of determining the truth as religious lawyers.

5. He offered no assurances that he would vigorously protect the rights of LGBTQ Americans or women.

We need an independent, strong Attorney General who will unite the country and build public trust that our government and justice system will work fairly on behalf of everyone. That clearly is not Jeff Sessions.

Coretta Scott King letter on Sessions

INSIDE THE SENATE FLOOR SCUFFLE OVER SILENCING ELIZABETH WARREN Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) invoked Senate Rule XIX to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during a speech she was giving in opposition to the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general. Warren had begun reading a letter Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986 to protest Sessions’s appointment to a federal judgeship when McConnell called a Senate vote to bar her from speaking, saying she had gone over the line. Take a look at the letter from Coretta Scott King Warren was attempting to read. And here’s why you saw #ShePersisted trending on Twitter. [HuffPost]

More than 200 students rallied and marched at Wayne State University in Detroit on Monday evening against Trump’s executive order banning refugees and visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries. Metro Detroit has a higher percentage of residents with Middle Eastern roots than any urban area in the US, and Wayne State University is the home of thousands of students who are immigrants or the children of immigrants: here.

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  5. Thirty years ago, Senator Jeff Sessions was considered too racist to be a federal judge. Coretta Scott King wrote at the time that allowing him to serve would “irreparably damage the work of [her] husband.”5 He is far too extreme to be our Attorney General now.

    During Donald Trump’s campaign for president, Sen. Sessions rushed to his support when most Republicans ran the other way. When Donald Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” Sessions praised him for forcing a tough conversation.6 When Donald Trump was caught bragging about grabbing women’s genitals without their consent, Sessions said he wouldn’t characterize it as sexual assault.7

    The Attorney General is supposed to be the people’s lawyer. We need someone who will stand up to Trump’s unconstitutional overreach of power and it’s clear that Sessions–one of Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters in Congress–won’t do that.

    These unprecedented times call for something bigger to make it clear that Senate Democrats refuse to normalize Trump’s racist, sexist agenda.

    We need Senator Schumer to lead a boycott of Sessions’ vote–will you sign on?

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet Action team

    Sources:

    1. A vote for Jeff Sessions is a vote for Trump’s Muslim ban, ThinkProgress, January 30, 2017

    Jeff Sessions Approved as Attorney General by Senate Committee, New York Times, February 1, 2017

    2. The First Senator to Endorse Donald Trump Is a Longtime Opponent of Civil Rights, Nation, February 29, 2016

    3. GOP Senator Says Grabbing A Woman’s Genitals Is Not Sexual Assault, Huffington Post, October 10, 2016

    4. Democrats Force Delays in Votes on 3 Cabinet Nominees, ABC, January 31, 2017

    5. Read the letter Coretta Scott King wrote opposing Sessions’ 1986 federal nomination, Washington Post, January 10, 2017

    6. Jeff Sessions: Trump’s Muslim Comments Have Forced “Appropriate” Discussion On Immigration, BuzzFeed News, December 10, 2015

    7. Jeff Sessions: Behavior Described by Trump in ‘Grab Them by the P—y’ Tape Isn’t Sexual Assault, Weekly Standard, October 10, 2016

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  7. Despite deep opposition from Americans from around the country and all walks of life, 52 senators voted to confirm Jeff Sessions to be the Attorney General of the United States.

    This vote comes in the wake of a breathtaking anti-democratic maneuver by Majority Leader McConnell and his caucus to attempt to silence debate and continue a 30-year effort to quash truth-telling about Jeff Sessions’ history and record.

    For us, this one felt personal.

    LDF represented civil rights activists in Perry County, Alabama in 1985 who were targeted by Sessions when he served as U.S. Attorney. Although the “Perry 3” were acquitted, the scars left in that county lasted for decades. Since then, we have tangled with Sessions time and again over his resistance to many other civil rights issues.

    Nevertheless, Mr. Sessions is now the People’s Lawyer – and we intend to hold him to it.

    His job is to enforce and uphold the laws of the United States regardless of his personal views or those of the president. In an administration that appears unmoored from facts, adherence to the rule of law will be of the utmost importance.

    Last night’s confirmation serves as a stinging reminder of the critical work we do at LDF. We are proud of the role we played in educating the public, the media and Congress about the record of Senator Sessions. We know you fully understand the importance of a fair and balanced justice system that works for all.

    As always, LDF remains undeterred in its fight for full racial equality and to guard against efforts to erode previous gains. We are encouraged and inspired by our history and by your unwavering belief in democracy – even in the most difficult of times.

    Your support – which will be matched up to $100,000 for the first 100 days – will send a strong message that you are committed to the fight for equality and justice, despite the challenges that lie ahead.

    Please read our formal response to Mr. Sessions’ confirmation here. We will continue to keep you informed and updated on our work – and we are grateful for your continued support at this critical moment for our democracy.

    – The LDF Team

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