Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Write Your Senator

Fortunatley for me, mine is also the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. I got my information and clipped or paraphrased from Americablog, ThinkProgress and People for the American Way.

The Honorable Arlen Spector, Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary

711 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510

Mr. Chairman,

I am writing you to express my concern over President Bush’s nomination of Samuel Alito. I do not feel that this nominee should make it out of your committee. His proven hard line right record shows him to be an activist himself, only in this instance he works to undermine the civil liberties, religious and reproductive rights of all Americans.

I call your attention to Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1991 in which Judge Alito supported the restrictive abortion-related measures passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in the late 1980’s. He went further to state that the majority was wrong to strike down a requirement that women notify their spouses before having an abortion. Judge Alito also chose to allow racial discrimination in Bray v. Marriott Hotels, 1997 by voting to protect racist employers from the reach of Title VII if the employers believed that they had selected the best candidate as a result of a conscious racial bias. In Chittister v. Department of Community and Economic Development, 2000 Judge Alito acted to overturn the Family Medical Leave act for state employees. He was later overturned by the Supreme Court in Nevada v. Hibbs, 2003 thanks to center leaning Justices like Sandra Day O’Conner.

Chairman Spector, please help to force the President to name someone who will act in the interests of all Americans. Someone who will respect their rights and religious beliefs. Someone who will protect their rights to free speech. Someone who will protect them from unreasonable search and seizure. Someone who will respect their reproductive rights. Someone who will help us protect or families and jobs. Someone else.

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