Advocacy: The Conscience of the Government is at Stake

— by Katie O’Connell, PFAW Digital Communications Coordinator 

With three nominees stacked into one hearing today, it’s pretty clear that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley doesn’t actually want us to know much if anything at all about the nominees for two lifetime court appointments and Eric Dreiband, who is being considered for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

Because if we actually knew about what these nominees stand for, we wouldn’t want them in positions of power in the federal government.

Eric Dreiband has made a name for himself as the go-to lawyer for corporations accused of discrimination. But beyond that, he has devoted his personal time and energy to fighting against civil rights protections like fair pay for women and protections for older Americans challenging age discrimination in the workplace.

Simply put, Dreiband will actively work against the mission of the Civil Rights Division, which has been described as the conscience of the government.

The legacy of the Civil Rights Division must not be tarnished by a Trump/Sessions nominee who doesn’t believe in the mission of the job he was nominated for. This division has a truly remarkable history of seeking justice in the wake of violence and racism and protecting rights for vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Dreiband’s nomination to a division whose mission he has spent his career opposing isn’t an accident or oversight — it’s Trump’s STRATEGY to create an ineffective government that harms communities of color, women, LGBTQ persons, and other vulnerable communities.

Trump and the Republicans in Congress want to distract us with an onslaught of extreme nominees, damaging policy changes, and political drama. Let them know you’re paying attention and speak out!

Speak out and tell Nevada’s senators that they must oppose Dreiband for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

Trumplicans Confirm Pruitt

Today, Republicans in Congress have voted to have Scott Pruitt demolish the Environmental Protection Agency and the protections it provides for the PEOPLE of our nation.

Scott Pruitt has made it clear he wants to dismantle the EPA, and now Trump and his merry little band of Trumplicans in the US Senate have put him in charge.


Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from EPA / Wikimedia and azmichelle / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

It can’t be emphasized enough, that it is now incumbent upon everyone who cares about protecting our air, water, and land, that we must do everything in our power to minimize the damage. Senator Heller voted for Pruitt. He should be prepared to answer to his Nevada constituents when the next environmental disaster happens not just in Nevada, but across our nation.

Senator Cortez-Masto voted against Pruitt and must continue resisting and holding Pruitt accountable for every step of the way.

We, the millions of people in this country who want a government that works for us — not for fossil fuel companiesor any other company willing to cut costs to their bottom line through pollution — will not stand for this. Scott Pruitt’s legislative history clearly illustrates that he does not place healthy communities, clean air and water, or a safe climate as a high priority. It is up to all of us to still demand those basic rights and fight for them.

We, the people, must RESIST.

We must never stop fighting for a clean, healthy planet — and must continue to peacefully resist Scott Pruitt — and the Trump administration’s — plans to roll back ANY environmental protections.

By appointing Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Trump is putting America at risk:

  • As Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt blocked basic protections for clean drinking water.
  • Pruitt opposed the Clean Power Plan because it would endanger industry profits.
  • Pruitt made a career suing the EPA to undo environmental protection.
  • Pruitt pushes fracking and other dirty energy sources over clean energy.

If climate change denial is going to be the default position of the Trump White House, then relentless resistance will be the default position of the American people.

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