John Legend Issues a Call to Action Featured in New Digital Ad Launched by 14 Leading Social Justice Organizations in Opposition to Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Courts 09.19,18

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A diverse coalition of social justice organizations today unveiled a new digital ad featuring singer-songwriter actor John Legend that urges viewers to contact their senators and tell them to vote ‘no’ on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The organizations include the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, the Human Rights Campaign, Color of Change, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, Demos, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, MALDEF, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, UnidosUS, the National Urban League, and the Service Employees International Union.

The digital ad is being released as Kavanaugh’s nomination faces additional scrutiny because of credible sexual assault allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. These allegations underscore the costs of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s failure to thoroughly and impartially vet Kavanaugh’s entire record and background. Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote should be postponed until these allegations can be thoroughly investigated. His record on civil rights alone is enough to demand that, if Kavanaugh’s nomination is ever brought to a vote, Senators must vote no.

From the outset, leading national civil rights and social justice organizations have criticized Brett Kavanaugh’s hostile record on voting rights, reproductive health, worker’s rights, gun safety, LGBTQ rights, the protection of immigrants, and racial equality, as well as his maximalist views on executive power. For these reasons, social justice organizations have consistently opposed his nomination for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Now, amid allegations of sexual misconduct, it is utterly irresponsible for the Senate to continue its rush to confirm him.

The digital ad – in which John Legend is powerfully featured – makes clear what’s at stake for the civil rights of all Americans in their lifetime.  The video encourages viewers to contact their Senators by dialing 202-224-3121 and to learn more about our campaign and view the digital ad at www.justice2018.org.

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About the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.

About The Leadership Conference
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.