PRESS CALL: Civil Rights Groups, Coons, Gillum Oppose Brasher’s Nomination to Eleventh Circuit

Courts News 02.7,20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts:
Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390
Madeline Broas, [email protected], 202-224-5042
Joshua Karp, [email protected], 757.472.9903
Deborah Persley, [email protected], 727.686.8251
Amanda Lang, [email protected], 917.886.0336

WASHINGTON – On Monday, February 10, at 11:00 a.m. ET, civil rights and voting rights experts will host a telephonic press call to bring attention to Andrew Brasher’s nomination ahead of his scheduled Senate cloture vote that afternoon. The full Senate is expected to vote on his confirmation on Tuesday.

Immediately after the Senate covered up for a president who demanded interference in our elections with their vote on the Articles of Impeachment, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Andrew Brasher for the Eleventh Circuit. Brasher, a 38-year-old from Alabama, was confirmed to the Middle District of Alabama last May in a narrow 52-47 vote. Just six months later, Trump announced his nomination to the Eleventh Circuit. Trump has already appointed five judges to this 12-member court. This court frequently decides critical civil rights cases that affect millions of people. If Brasher is confirmed, Trump will have appointed half of this bench.

Federal judges are entrusted with protecting our elections and the right to vote. Yet, the president and McConnell have rushed the confirmation of judges who have worked throughout their careers to restrict voting rights and make the ballot less accessible to marginalized communities. The speakers will call on the Senate to oppose the confirmation of Brasher to the Eleventh Circuit.

To RSVP, please email Rafael Medina at [email protected].

WHEN:

Monday, February 10 | 11:00 a.m. ET

WHO:

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
Andrew Gillum, former mayor of Tallahassee, 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, and fellow at People For the American Way
Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts campaign director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Benard Simelton, president, Alabama State Conference of NAACP
Lisa Rovinsky, board member and Advocacy Committee chair, National Council of Jewish Women/Atlanta

DIAL-IN INFORMATION:

Dial-in:  1 (877) 615-4339;
Passcode: 8967 765#

RESOURCES:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 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.