The NAACP and other leaders in the nation’s civil rights community will be holding a rally on Capitol Hill tomorrow to oppose the nomination of Raleigh lawyer Thomas Farr to serve a lifetime appointment as a federal district court judge. In a statement announcing the event and a 2:00 p.m. “Twitter storm” today, national NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson blasted Farr as emblematic of the brand of divisive judges Donald Trump has been placing on the federal bench. Here’s the statement:
“With the announcement of the Masterpiece Cake decision, we have been reminded once again of the importance of the courts.
It is critical that our nation’s lawmakers affirm the values of nondiscrimination and back measures to ensure all Americans are protected in our jobs, homes, and communities. We cannot allow our country to return to days when businesses could say, “we don’t serve your kind here.”
We deserve leaders that possess the integrity to guide us towards unity.
President Trump and his judicial nominees like Thomas Farr will only further divide us. If ever there was a time to guard the federal judiciary, it is NOW. If confirmed, judges like Thomas Farr will hold lifetime appointments with the ability to influence our justice system for generations!
Help us in this fight.
- #stopFarr – Read more about why the NAACP opposes Farr. At 2 pm ET today, join us in a twitterstorm to speak out against Farr.
- Contact your senators – Tell your senators that a vote for Farr is a vote AGAINST civil rights.
- Rally in DC – Join me, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II, and others on Capitol Hill this Wednesday to rally against Farr’s disqualifying history of prejudice. Sign up now.
Let’s stand for justice.”
Meanwhile, here in Raleigh, advocates for fair courts will be rallying outside of the Legislative Building this afternoon to resist conservative efforts to remake the state courts. Look for Melissa Boughton’s coverage in our afternoon story on www.ncpolicywatch.com.