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- Subject: E-M:/ MoveOn.org leading call for Levin, Stabenow to support Alito filibuster
- From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 13:50:53 -0500
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From: "Ben Brandzel, MoveOn.org Political Action"
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Subject: The filibuster has begun -- call Sens. Levin and Stabenow
Senators Kerry and Kennedy are
leading a Democratic filibuster against Samuel Alito. 41 Senators must
join to block the nomination. It's an uphill climb and every Democrat
could play a crucial role. Can you call Sens. Levin and Stabenow today
and ask them to join the filibuster?
Sen. Carl Levin
I Called Congress
Late yesterday afternoon, Senators Kerry and Kennedy announced that they
will lead a filibuster against the nomination of Samuel Alito to the
Supreme Court. The vote will come Monday, and now the rest of the
Democrats have just over 48 hours to decide which side they are
To successfully block the nomination, 41 senators must join the
Democratic filibuster. Most Republicans and a few conservative Democrats
have already pledged to vote for Alito, so getting to 41 won't be easy.
Every single Democrat could end up casting the last crucial voteand this
is the moment for us to weigh in.
Please call Sens. Levin and Stabenow right now and ask them to join the
filibuster against Samuel Alito.
Then please report your call by clicking here:
- Senator Carl Levin
- Phone: 202-224-6221
- District Offices:
- Detroit: 313-226-6020
- Escanaba: 906-789-0052
- Grand Rapids: 616-456-2531
- Lansing: 517-377-1508
- Saginaw: 989-754-2494
- Traverse City: 231-947-9569
- Warren: 586-573-9145
- Senator Debbie Stabenow
- Phone: 202-224-4822
- District Offices:
- Detroit: 313-961-4330
- East Lansing: 517-203-1760
- Flint: 810-720-4172
- Grand Rapids: 616-975-0052
- Marquette: 906-228-8756
- Traverse City: 231-929-1031
Filibustering the Alito nomination isn't just the right policy for the
country, it's good politics for progressives. Voters want leaders with
the courage to fight for their true convictions. Democrats have said they
oppose Alito's extreme views on unchecked presidential power and limited
rights for the rest of usnow it's time to show they mean it.
As John Edwards put it when he declared his support for the
Yesterday, the New York Times came out with a blistering a editorial
calling for a filbuster, called "Senators in Need of a Spine,"
Here are some highlights:
- In an era when the president of the United States declares himself to
be above the law, it is more important than ever to have a Supreme Court
that fulfills its duty as the ultimate guardian of our rights; yet Samuel
Alito's nomination puts those very rights in danger...together we can
deliver one united message: it's time for Democrats to stand up for what
we believe in. We will not shy away from important fights like this
because the cost is far, far too great.
If George Bush is able to replace Sandra Day O'Connor with Samuel
Alito, it may become his most damaging legacy: a Supreme Court that frees
the president to spy, detain and torture at will, and leaves Congress
powerless to protect workers, women, the environment, and to combat
- It is hard to imagine a moment when it would be more appropriate for
senators to fight for a principle...
- ...It is indefensible for...any senator who has promised constituents
to protect a woman's right to an abortion to turn around and hand Judge
Alito a potent vote to undermine or even end it...The judge's record
strongly suggests that he is an eager lieutenant in the ranks of the
conservative theorists who ignore our system of checks and balances,
elevating the presidency over everything else...
- ...A filibuster is a radical tool. It's easy to see why Democrats are
frightened of it. But from our perspective, there are some things far
more frightening. One of them is Samuel Alito on the Supreme
We fought hard together all last year to defeat the nuclear option and
save the filibuster for a moment just like thisand now it's all hands on
As Senator Kerry wrote yesterday:
Please call Sens. Levin and Stabenow and ask them to
filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito.
- It takes more than one or two people to fillibuster. It's not
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." I'm doing what I can, Senator
Kennedy is doing what he can, but if, like me, you want to stop Judge
Alito from becoming Justice Alito, we can't just preach to our own choir.
We need even more of your advocacy.
Thank you for all that you do,
?Ben, Eli, Marika, Justin and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Friday, January 27th, 2006
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