Courts Must Be A Priority Of Democratic Campaigns

Zack Ford, Press Secretary
(202) 464-7370 /

WASHINGTON, DC, August 17, 2020 – As the Democratic National Convention convenes this week, the Alliance for Justice Action Campaign encourages speakers to make the courts a pivotal focus alongside addressing the pandemic and mounting economic disaster. Voters remain galvanized by the disgraceful confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and continue to watch President Trump and Senate Republicans stack the courts with over 200 extremist judges – many of whom have expressed a desire to take away healthcare for millions and roll back basic human rights.

AFJ Action President Nan Aron issued the following statement:

“This election is a pivotal moment to stop the erosion of independence and fairness in our federal courts.

The fate of our rights, freedoms, and rule of law could be determined by a single Supreme Court vacancy. The next administration must be prepared, on day one, to undo the damage Trump and Senate Republicans have done to our judicial system and defend the protections we hold dear.

It is painfully obvious that Republicans weaponize the courts to do their dirty work in an attempt to dismantle health care protections, civil rights, and more. With any future legislation that strengthens access to healthcare or civil rights, Republicans will again turn to this dirty trick, so any progressive agenda must prioritize the judiciary in order to safeguard this progress.

Our Building the Bench initiative is identifying and assisting in the confirmation of judges under the next Administration who will serve the cause of justice for all people, not just the wealthy and powerful.”

AFJ Action Campaign will be monitoring the convention and emphasizing why #CourtsMatter on social media, and is available to provide additional commentary and resources on how the courts are critical to protect access to quality health care, rights for women, LGBTQ persons, workers, and consumers, as well as clean air and clean water.

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