People For the American Way

How we fight for a #JusticeForAll: Call Your Senators

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How we fight for a #JusticeForAll

We’re at a pivotal and exciting moment for our country and our community: with your help, we’re about to confirm the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. On February 25th, President Joe Biden announced the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson has a clear commitment to the promise of equal justice under law.

Judge Jackson is eminently qualified. She’s been confirmed three times to the federal bench, twice without any opposition. On the bench, she has shown her commitment to protecting the rights of all of us, including people with disabilities, workers, immigrants, and freedom of speech. As a former public defender, she brings to the Supreme Court the perspective of someone who has seen the justice system through the eyes of our society’s most vulnerable. Her lived experience as a Black woman enriches her perspective about day-to-day life in the United States and how the legal system affects people’s rights and lives.

We’re so excited to be in this fight with you. Below, we’ve broken down one of the ways you can take action to support Judge Jackson’s nomination: How you can call your senators.

How to call your senators

If you’re ready to call your senators, you can get connected to them directly by clicking to call the Senate Switchboard here.

Here are some tips for making the most of your call.

  • Even if you’re expressing disagreement, be respectful. The person on the other end of the line could be an intern or an unpaid staffer, and it’s important to be kind even in our disagreement.
  • Be brief and concise. Your call will be recorded as a tally mark, not in detail. So no need to spend too long on the phone.
  • At the top of the call, mention that you are a constituent. Your call will be more impactful if the staffer knows you are from their state.
  • Keep it short, sweet, direct, and to the point.

What to say when you connect with your senator

Nervous about what to say? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a sample script you can use to talk to your senator:

My name is [NAME], and I’m a constituent from [CITY] calling to ask Senator [NAME] to support the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

We need a Supreme Court justice who will protect the rights of all of us, not just the wealthy and powerful. I believe that Judge Jackson will fight for these protections and is eminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. I urge Senator [NAME] to support Judge Jackson’s nomination. Thank you.

What’s next

Ready for more? We’ve got even more instructions, from spreading the message on social media to how to phone bank, available at our full toolkit!

Check out the full toolkit here!