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Leading Civil Rights Coalition Joins Growing Opposition to Alito

The nation’s largest civil rights coalition has announced its opposition to the nomination of Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court, joining a growing coalition of at least 22 constituency groups. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) represents 192 organizations. Of President Bush’s nomination, LCCR’s Executive Director, Wade Henderson, stated, “Samuel Alito would be a threat to our civil rights…[his] views are not just conservative, they are well beyond the mainstream.”

In a letter to Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-CT), the ranking Democrat, Dorothy Height, chairperson of LCCR, and Henderson noted, “Judge Alito’s record reveals a history of extremely troubling decisions in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, and fundamental freedoms, decisions that undermine the power of the Constitution to protect the civil and human rights of all Americans.”

Other groups that are opposing the nomination of Samuel Alito include the Feminist Majority, the National Organization for Women, People for the American Way, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Alliance for Justice, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, MoveOn.org, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Americans for Democratic Action.

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Sources:

Feminist Majority; LCCR press statement 11/17/05; LCCR letter to Senators Specter and Leahy 11/17/05

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