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oday’s vote to confirm Todd Hughes marks another milestone in the long journey toward justice and equality. Alliance for Justice long has fought for a federal judiciary that reflects the full diversity of America and a confirmation process that evaluates candidates based on their legal expertise, not how they look or who they love.Read More »
The American people have good reason to be fed up with Republican obstruction and delay. They demand and deserve courts that have enough judges to administer justice fairly and swiftly. Americans are entitled to a swift yes-or-no vote by the full Senate on Nina Pillard and President Obama’s other judicial nominees.Read More »
The last Supreme Court term “was filled with rulings that weakened the ability of the justice system to ensure fairness and equality, and instead permitted discrimination and corporate deception,” according to a report released by Alliance for Justice, which calls on Congress to step in and correct the Court’s most damaging decisions.Read More »
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently called the current Supreme Court ‘ … one of the most activist courts in history.’ We agree,” said AFJ Justice Programs Director Michelle Schwartz. “Conservatives preach judicial restraint, but, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court majority routinely overreaches in pursuit of an ideological agenda.”Read More »
Supreme Court justices should be able to resist the temptation to lend the prestige of their office to partisan political causes, or fraternize with and fundraise on behalf of those who could have a financial stake in Court decisions. Unfortunately, some of the justices sitting on the Supreme Court today have been unable to resist that temptation.Read More »
For 75 years, the National Labor Relations Act has been the rulebook for relations between businesses and their workers. But a rulebook is useless without an umpire. The members of the NLRB are the umpires. Soon they’ll be back on the field.Read More »
We are pleased that the Senate voted to confirm President Obama’s choice to run the Department of Labor. Tom Perez will be an outstanding Secretary of Labor. He has spent his professional career in public service, committed to ensuring a fairer and more just society. His confirmation is an important step in the fight for the preservation of the fundamental rights of working Americans.Read More »
Statement of Nan Aron, President of Alliance for Justice, at a Forum on the Broken Senate: Restoring Democracy and Fixing the Filibuster
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Good Decisions on Marriage Equality, Bad Decision on Voting Rights Leave America "Part Equal and Part Unequal"
We strongly applaud the decisions in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry and look forward to the implementation of marriage equality in California and to the application of full federal rights to all same-sex married couples nationwide. This is a great day, not only for LGBT Americans, but also for all who cherish the fundamental principle of equal justice for all. We are mindful, though, that although today the arc of history bent a little more toward justice, there still is a long way to go.Read More »
The Voting Rights Act protects a fundamental right, not, as Justice Scalia infamously suggested, a “racial entitlement.” Attempts to suppress the vote were common during the 2012 presidential election, and they continue to this day. Now that a five-justice majority of the Supreme Court has effectively removed the keystone from the arch of protection for people of color, the nation must redouble its efforts to protect the rights of all Americans.Read More »
Deferring to the powerful at the expense of the powerless, the Supreme Court majority has imposed heavier burden for victims of workplace harassment and discrimination seeking justice in our courts. This decision makes it far easier for employers to evade responsibility for discrimination and harassment in the workplace.Read More »
Today, a majority of the Supreme Court expanded the power of major corporations to deny Americans access to justice. In upholding American Express’s forced arbitration clause, the Court’s majority has denied small businesses harmed by large corporations’ monopolistic practices the ability to stand up for their rights. American Express admits this will deny plaintiffs any hope of compensation for valid legal claims, but, as Justice Kagan wrote, the majority says: “Too darn bad.”Read More »
We are pleased that the majority recognizes the will of Congress in providing a simple and efficient means of registering to vote that removes barriers for Americans across the country in reaching the polls. The majority wisely prohibited Arizona from imposing new burdens on the right to vote that are inconsistent with clear federal law.Read More »
A series of “inflammatory and racially charged remarks” and other misconduct demand a full investigation into Judge Edith Jones of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Alliance for Justice said Wednesday. Judge Jones has engaged in “a pattern of misconduct that calls into question her ability to uphold the rule of law with impartiality, fairness, and integrity,” according to AFJ President Nan Aron.Read More »