National Women’s Law Center, Congressional Black Caucus Oppose Alito

The National Women’s Law Center and the Congressional Black Caucus today announced their opposition to Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito today based on his hostility toward civil rights and women’s rights. In a press conference announcing the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) opposition, co-president Marcia Greenberger was joined by Congresswomen including Hilda Solis (D-CA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL).

“[Alito’s] record is too clear, the stakes are too high, and a series of mounting inconsistent statements and evasions are too serious to accept Judge Alito’s assurances of an open mind on rights women of this country rely on and hold dear,” said Greenberger.

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) also announced its opposition to Alito today after its 42 House members voted unanimously against his nomination. “The stakes for Black people are as high as they can get, and for that reason, how senators vote cannot and will not be forgotten,” said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), CBC’s Judicial Nominations Chair.

The National Women’s Law Center and the Congressional Black Caucus join a large and growing list of major constituency groups opposing Samuel Alito’s nomination, including the Feminist Majority, the National Organization for Women, the National Council of Women’s Organizations, People for the American Way, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Alliance for Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice America, MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, National Council of Jewish Women, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Abortion Federation, and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.

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NWLC press statement 12/8/05; CBC press statement 12/8/05

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