Supreme Court Petition  This link is to a petition by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to demand that Republicans stop politicizing the Supreme Court vacancy. It is one of many being circulated online. Signing one or more is vital. As much pressure as possible much be  brought on the Senate to act on the nomination the president will send to that body.


Republicans Are Making Excuses to Keep Control of the Supreme Court

The tragic death of Justice Antonin Scalia has created a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. President has said that he would appoint a successor, as is his constitution responsibility. Republicans have shamefully vowed to block a vote on any such nominee. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) have said that the winner of the November election should pick Scalia’s replacement. This would leave the Court with an empty seat for at least 11 months, possibly more than a year. That would be scandalous, especially in the context of how Republicans have denied so many of the president’s nominees a vote that a judge shortage has resulted. An insane number of vacancies exist in the federal courts.

The time has come to end the madness. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! The “GOP” has had the gall to manipulate the confirmation process to 35 years. When Reagan was president his party claimed the Senate had no right to reject any presidential nominees for any office. Just tonight Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) claimed the Senate’s confirmation power gave them the authority to deny a vote to Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia. That is dumbfounding hypocrisy in action. It has resulted in the denial of a vote to a large number of Obama’s nominees and an insane number of vacancies in the federal courts. It will result in a vacancy on the SCOTUS for for from 11 months (Obama’s time left in action) to possibly over a year (counting the time it might take the newly elected president to pick her/his own nominee).

The Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), said the winner of November’s election should pick the nominee and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) said that this was too late a date to confirm a nominee. 11 months is a long time, too long to leave a SCOTUS seat vacant.  Further, I wonder if Sessions knows that presidents are appointed to four-year terms, not three-year terms. Obama won in a high turnout year and nhas higher approval rating than in that year. The Republican-controlled congress has a dismal rating, much lower than Obama’s and controls the Senate ONLY because they took over in an non-presidential year (2014) with typically low turnout. Obviously the president has more credibility.

The time has come to stop the madness. President Obama will name a nominee. He must wait out of respect to Scalia, but his pick will come soon, it must to put full pressure on ” GOP” senators. We must fight for whoever is nominated. We must not allow the Republicans to use asinine excuses to keep control of the Supreme Court of the United States.



PHOTOS and REPORTBACKS from Rally Against the Torture of Prisoners

Kudos for the protestors trying to end torture. When will the national security establishment learn that torture does not work?

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

On February 1, 2016, people from all over California gathered in Sacramento at the headquarters of the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCr) to demand an end to the dangerous and deliberate sleep deprivation being inflicted on the people in solitary in Pelican Bay State Prison SHU, under the guise of “welfare checks”.

Before the Rally, more than 15 formerly incarcerated people, family members, pen pals, and other activists visited the offices of Loni Hancock (chair of the CA Senate Public Safety Senate Committee), Bill Quirk (chair of the CA Assembly Public Safety Committee), and reps from various districts to demand the immediate suspension of the sleep deprivation “welfare checks” in the Pelican Bay SHU.  Sleep Deprivation Is Torture.

Reportbacks below are from Martha Esquivel of San Diego, CA and James Decker of Eureka, CA.
Photos are from Liberated Lens Collective, Lucas Guilkey, James Decker, and Urszula Frydman.

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