URGENT ACTION ALERT!
On November 18, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced the nomination of Senator Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III (AL) to serve as U.S. Attorney General. On December 20, 2016, the NAACP Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose this nomination, based on the fact that throughout his careers as the Attorney General for the State of Alabama, the US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, and the Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Jeff Sessions was accused of demonstrating, through his words and his actions, a deeply concerning disregard for civil, human, and voting rights and the needs of the people he served and represented. Furthermore, as a U.S. Senator, he has consistently opposed many of the very crucial laws and programs for which he will be responsible for enforcing at the US Department of Justice. He has earned an average score of just over 10% out of 100% on the NAACP Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card throughout his 19 years as a US Senator.
THE ACTION WE NEED YOU TO TAKE:
Contact both your Senators and URGE THEM TO OPPOSE THE NOMINATION OF SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS TO SERVE AS ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES. To contact your Senators you may:
Make a Phone Call:
- Call your Senators in Washington by dialing the Capitol Switchboard and asking to be transferred to their offices. The switchboard phone number is (202) 224-3121(see message section, below).
Write a Letter
- To write letters to your Senators, send them to: Click here to download the sample letter.
Send a Fax
- If you would like to send a fax, call your Senators’ offices (through the Capitol switchboard) and ask for their fax numbers (you can use either the attached sample letter or the message box, below).
Send an E-Mail
- To send an e-mail to your Senators, go to www.senate.gov; click on “Find Your Senators”. Look up your Senators by state; go to their web sites for e-mail addresses
- Throughout his careers as a U.S. Senator, the Attorney General for the State of Alabama, the US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and the Assistant US Attorney General for the Southern District of Alabama, Jeff Sessions has demonstrated a clear disrespect for the people’s civil, human, and Constitutional rights and needs.
- Jeff Sessions‘ voting record while in the U.S. Senate is indicative of his regard for many of the laws and programs for which he will be responsible for enforcing. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, he has voted against key civil rights laws and programs such as the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violence Against Women Act and gun violence prevention initiatives.
- Senator Sessions has also made derogatory comments about the NAACP and the 1965 Voting Rights Act and he has spoken of the Confederate Battle Flag and all that it represents in glowing terms.