Our nation’s civil rights laws protect people on the basis of race, color, national origin, and in most cases, sex, disability, and religion. However our current federal law does not provide the same protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and we believe its time for that to change. The Equality Act ensures that every person will be afforded equal protection under the law by making it illegal discriminate on the basis of LGBTQ identity. Sign the petition urging your congressperson to support the Equality Act.
President Trump’s nomination of William Barr to serve as Attorney General is just the latest in a string of attempts to undermine the Mueller Russia investigation and it must be stopped. Urge your senators to OPPOSE William Barr’s nomination as AG. Trump has a clear agenda in selecting Barr and we must not allow another political lackey to fill the vacancy.
Rep. Steve King has a history of supporting white supremacists and stoking racial tensions. His recent comments that he did not understand how the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive are blatantly racist and entirely unacceptable. Sign the petition and urge your Representative to support a Congressional censure.
A bold, progressive vision for the future of our country’s democracy will be the first bill House Democrats will introduce in the 116th Congress. The reform package seeks to restore and strengthen principles progressives have long championed as essential to ensuring that the voice of Americans are reflected in the policies and actions of their elected officials. Sign the petition urging your incoming member to support H.R. 1 today!
Just after the midterm elections, President Trump FIRED Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General and appointed one of his political lackeys, Matt Whitaker, as interim AG. Now that Sessions has been fired, Whitaker has taken the lead on overseeing Robert Mueller's Russia investigation -- clearly an attempt to put a strangle on the investigation before it proceeds any further. Members of both parties need to co-sponsor and publicly support passage of the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act!
Trump and the Far-Right are winning in their efforts to pack our federal courts with extreme narrow-minded elitist judicial nominees. Nominated by Trump to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Thomas Farr is much more than just a run-of-the-mill advocate of voter suppression -- his history of disenfranchising voters of color is long.
Tell your Senators to vote NO Thomas Farr for a lifetime appointment!
Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is a narrow-minded elitist who would drag the Court far, far to the Right and take a sledge hammer to the fundamental rights of countless Americans.
There should be NO hearing or vote on a new Supreme Court nominee until after the midterm elections and after the new Congress is seated in January!
The solution to the child care crisis in America is the Child Care for Working Families Act -- a bold new bill that not only provides direct financial assistance for child care and early learning expenses, on a sliding scale based on household income, but takes a comprehensive approach -- addressing child care challenges like the quality, availability, and flexibility of care.
Sign now: Ask your members of Congress to support the Child Care for Working Families Act!
Since his first day in office, President Donald Trump has flouted ethical norms by not divesting himself from his family’s business, nor fully divulging the sources of his income. And the example he has set has trickled down throughout his administration.
The ethics violations on the Trump administration’s watch need to be reined in -- NOW.
Sign the petition and demand Congress immediately investigate Trump administration officials for repeated ethics violations.
The biggest elections since 2016 are only a few months away and many states still don’t feel adequately equipped to handle cyber-attacks we know are coming from Russia. The Department of Homeland Security has warned the government about future hacking attempts, but have done little to actually safeguard our elections -- and our democracy -- from Russian hackers.
Tell Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to get serious about protecting our elections from Russian hackers!
In the time that Scott Lloyd has been the director of the Trump administration’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) he has interfered with the right of four undocumented minors -- that we know of -- to have an abortion.
Scott Lloyd is woefully unqualified to direct ORR and has unethically used his position to advance the right-wing anti-choice agenda to prevent young people from accessing the care they need. And his campaign against abortion access undermines the ORR’s legal obligation to provide prompt access to safe medical care for those within its charge.
Add your name to demand that Scott Lloyd be removed from his position AND that ORR immediately restore access to comprehensive reproductive health care!
The Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee, led by Chair Devin Nunes, is out of control and Speaker Ryan has the authority -- and responsibility -- to rein it in.
Rep. Nunes has shown that he cannot be trusted with sensitive classified information and must be removed not only as Chair but as a member of the Intelligence Committee without delay.
This is urgent… Trump and the Far-Right are winning in their efforts to pack our federal courts with extreme narrow-minded elitist judicial nominees. But your help can turn the tide.
One of Trump’s most extreme nominees right now is Thomas Farr, nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Farr is scheduled to be voted on in the Judiciary Committee TOMORROW.
Farr is much more than just a run-of-the-mill advocate of voter suppression -- his history of disenfranchising voters of color is long. He reportedly played a role in a notorious voter intimidation campaign aimed at Black voters in 1990, when he worked for ultraconservative then-Senator Jesse Helms -- something he LIED to the Senate Judiciary Committee about during his hearing!
Tell Senators: Vote NO Thomas Farr for a lifetime appointment!
Howard Nielson is a Trump nominee for the federal district court in Utah, and is beyond the pale in terms of his unfitness for a lifetime appointment.
His record is beyond flawed, and it is shocking that he was not only nominated, but re-nominated for the federal bench.
Senate Republicans, led by Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, are trying to ram through the confirmations of as many extreme Trump judicial nominees as they can before the end of the year.
Two Trump nominees, Steven Grasz and Mark Norris, with very troubling anti-LGBTQ backgrounds are scheduled for a vote TOMORROW and senators must do everything in their power to stop them. Grasz also has the rare distinction of a "unanimously unqualified" rating from the American Bar Association.
Grasz has written that lower courts don’t need to always respect precedent (which could be applied to cases like overturning Roe v. Wade), he led an effort to outlaw late-term abortions in Nebraska, and served on the board of an affiliate of anti-LGBTQ hate-group Focus on the Family.
And Mark Norris has a similarly anti-LGBTQ background when he served as a state legislator in Tennessee. He supported A state law to nullify Nashville’s anti-discrimination ordinance. He and other legislators tried to intervene in a lesbian couple’s divorce proceeding so that they wouldn’t be treated the same way as opposite-sex couples under the law. And he tried to stop Syrian refugees fleeing violence and war from resettling in Tennessee. All of these actions make it clear that he would not be an unbiased judge that would protect the rights of everyone in Tennessee.
Tell Senators to do everything they can to stop Grasz and Norris!
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley announced he was going to move forward with scheduling a hearing for an extreme Trump judicial nominee -- one who is on Trump’s list for possible Supreme Court justices -- despite the fact that he has not received approval from both home-state senators for going forward. Obliterating more than 100 years of Senate traditions, and in the face of his own promises not to do so, he has now scheduled the hearing for judicial nominee David Stras for next Wednesday.
Stras is one of the judges on Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees – and a commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade is a requirement for anyone on that list. As a state Supreme Court justice, David Stras has ruled against the rights of children with disabilities, sexual assault survivors, and workers discriminated against on the job. He is absolutely the wrong choice for a lifetime seat on a federal court of appeals.
This move is outrageous -- demand Grassley and the SJC halt this hearing!
Both the House and Senate tax bills are a terrible deal for working families. The Republican tax scam would:
-Give massive cuts to corporations and a relative handful of the very top most wealthy families, including the elimination of the Estate Tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax
-Directly set up massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education, and other vital programs
-Increase taxes on millions of middle-class taxpayers as well as people earning under $75,000 a year.
-Incentivize the offshoring of jobs via a specific tax giveaway to American companies with offshore subsidiaries
-Reduce giving to charities in the US by BILLIONS, through changes in the tax code
-Blow a massive hole in our national debt (as much a $1.5 trillion)
-Gut a key part of the Affordable Care Act, taking away health care from millions and driving premiums up across the board (Senate version)
-If this bill passes it will be disastrous for all Americans except for the very wealthiest and corporations.
Tell your members of Congress to STOP the GOP Tax Scam!
The bar for Trump’s judicial nominees is so low it might as well be on the floor. Last week Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Brett Talley, a Trump nominee who has only three years of experience practicing law, has never tried a case, and who was rated unanimously “not qualified” for a federal judgeship by the American Bar Association – their lowest rating.
Talley also omitted that his wife is the chief of staff for the White House counsel and who was recently questioned in the Mueller investigation when asked about potential conflicts of interest.
And Talley is also remarkably partisan for a judicial nominee. On his blog, Talley pledged support for the NRA and mocked gun control after the Sandy Hook massacre… he has retweeted Alex Jones’ conspiracy theory site Infowars (which infamously claimed that Sandy Hook was a hoax), and called for Hillary Clinton to be “locked up” (while referring to her as Hillary “Rotten” Clinton).
Tell Senators to vote no on this unqualified, hyper-partisan nominee!