NEW WEBSITE, WWW. FAIRJUDGES.ORG, HIGHLIGHTS OPPOSITION TO CHARLES W. PICKERING SR.’S CONFIRMATION
For Immediate Release
February 20, 2002
Contact: Cory Smith
Washington, DC — The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest and broadest civil rights coalition, today launched a new outreach campaign designed to educate the civil rights community and the American public about the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary.
In launching the new campaign entitled, www.FairJudges.org Wade Henderson, LCCR’s Executive Director stated, “LCCR strongly believes that the composition of the federal judiciary is a civil rights issue of profound importance because the individuals charged with dispensing justice in our society have a direct impact on civil rights protections for us all.” Henderson added, “the FairJudges.org campaign will help to educate and mobilize the civil rights community and the American public in support of individuals who are the embodiment of fairness and impartiality.”
Specifically, the www.FairJudges.org campaign will:
- Provide regular updates on the status of judicial nominations;
- Serve as a clearinghouse for civil rights-related information regarding judicial nominations;
- Help to coordinate local coalition building efforts around the nation; and
- Mobilize support and/or opposition to those nominees officially endorsed/opposed by the Leadership Conference.
Charles W. Pickering Sr., President Bush’s nominee for the U.S Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth District, is the first nominee being highlighted on the www.Fair.Judges.org campaign. The Leadership Conference is opposing Judge Pickering’s nomination because of his extreme views on important civil rights, women’s rights and constitutional issues. The media, civil rights advocates, policy makers, and the American public can learn more about Charles Pickering’s record as well as track the growing opposition to his nomination on www.FairJudges.org.
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights is the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil and human rights coalition with more than 180 national organizations committed to the protection and advancement of basic civil and human rights for all persons in our society.