Demand a NO on Dreiband.
You know how 45 has a habit of nominating people whose records are fundamentally in conflict with the job that they’re supposed to do? (Think Scott Pruitt at the EPA, Betsy Devos for the Department of Education, Jeff Sessions for Attorney General). He’s back at it with his latest nominee, Eric Dreiband, who is slated to run the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department -- in spite of that fact that he has defended numerous corporations in discrimination lawsuits. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to call members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them to vote against Dreiband for the sake of civil rights in this country.
Here’s a rundown of why, exactly, Dreiband is bad news. As a labor attorney, he represented:
The University of North Carolina in defense of its decision to honor the provisions of the state's controversial "bathroom bill," which bars people from using public bathrooms that don’t match the sex they were assigned on their birth certificate
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in an age discrimination case
Bloomberg in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit
Abercrombie & Fitch in a Supreme Court case involving a Muslim woman who was not hired because she wore a headscarf
CVS Pharmacy in an employee-severance-agreement lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Neither during his time working in corporate law nor as general counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under President George W. Bush did Dreiband take any steps to improve voting rights or policing practices. Dreiband’s record does not show an interest in promoting civil rights for individuals, and while the White House defends this nomination, the ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Vinita Gupta, former head of the Division under President Obama, have all issued statements voicing opposition to the nomination. Today, we’re doing the same thing by calling our senators, especially those on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the first step towards nomination.
Check if your senators are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
• Richard Blumenthal (D - CT)
• Christopher Coons (D - DE)
• John Cornyn (R - TX)
• Mike Crapo (R - ID)
• Ted Cruz (R - TX)
• Richard Durbin (D - IL)
• Dianne Feinstein (D - CA)
• Jeff Flake (R - AZ)
• Al Franken (D - MN)
• Lindsey Graham (R - SC)
• Chuck Grassley (R - IA)
• Orrin Hatch (R - UT)
• Mazie Hirono (D - HI)
• John Kennedy (R - LA)
• Amy Klobuchar (D - MN)
• Patrick Leahy (D - VT)
• Mike Lee (R - UT)
• Ben Sasse (R - NE)
• Thom Tillis (R - NC)
• Sheldon Whitehouse (D - RI)
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