We Must Urge President Obama: Swiftly Nominate A Supreme Court Justice Who Shares America’s Progressive Values

Excerpt from: Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America <info@democracyforamerica.com>

This is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.

With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Barack Obama will make another nomination to the Supreme Court. It is critically important that President Obama choose a strongly progressive person who can lead the Supreme Court and our country in a new direction.

For the last generation, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority has waged unceasing war on our rights, our freedoms, and our democracy. From Citizens United to their rulings against the Voting Rights Act, against labor rights, against women’s rights, and their most recent ruling putting on hold critical new climate regulations, the conservative majority’s record has been destructive.

The Republican presidential candidates are holding a debate in just a few minutes. Already, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, along with Mitch McConnell, have said President Obama should not get the chance to pick Scalia’s successor on the Supreme Court. They know how high the stakes are.

That’s why we must urge President Obama: swiftly nominate a Supreme Court justice who shares America’s progressive values. Sign our petition right now and push back against Republican obstruction.

Several critical cases are already pending before the Supreme Court, including:

  • The latest attack on abortion rights in Texas
  • President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to fight climate change
  • The president’s action to allow the “Dreamer” undocumented immigrants to stay in our country
  • The right-wing attack on the right of teachers and other workers to form strong unions
  • An extremist proposal to roll back voting rights by ending the “one person, one vote” rule
  • A Texas case that would limit affirmative action in higher education

Along with other matters, such as overturning Citizens United, these cases remind us just how important it is that the next Supreme Court justice share America’s progressive values and rules the right way on these issues. We have an historic opportunity to have a progressive majority on the Supreme Court for the first time in more than 25 years.

Republican obstruction has its limits. If Democrats retake the U.S. Senate this fall, they will be able to confirm President Obama’s nominee before a new president is inaugurated. President Obama can even make a recess appointment later this year.

This is a major crossroads in American history. The future depends on getting this appointment right. Please join DFA and urge President Obama to swiftly nominate a Supreme Court justice who shares America’s progressive values.

  • Go to the below site to sign the petition:


Thank you for helping fight for justice at the Supreme Court.

Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director
Democracy for America


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