Congressman Joe Kennedy III is asking his supporters to sign a petition to reject Senator Jeff Sessions for a position as Attorney General in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet, strongly condemning the Alabama Senator for a long record of perpetuating inequality. “The promise of treating people equally is what our justice system is all about,” Kennedy said in an interview with Boston Public Radio Tuesday. “Sen. Sessions has shown over the course of his career that he does not treat people equally—he treats them differently.”
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“A throwback to a shameful era.”
That’s what Senator Ted Kennedy called Jeff Sessions‘s nomination to a federal judgeship in 1986.
Thirty years later and my uncle’s words still ring true. But the stakes are even higher. Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will begin hearings to confirm Senator Sessions as Attorney General of the United States.
Tell the U.S. Senate today: Reject Jeff Sessions as America’s Attorney General.
Sessions’s record of undermining civil rights and stonewalling equality spans his entire career.
He was rejected for federal attorney because he made racist jokes about supporting the KKK. He was accused of pursuing voter fraud to try and stifle the voice of the black community. Not surprisingly, he has opposed the Voting Rights Act at every turn.
Sessions voted against protecting American citizens from hate crimesmotivated by a victim’s gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. He supported the ban on same-sex marriage, too.
Sessions rejected the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He even opposed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
You read that right. He opposed reauthorizing funding to support victims of domestic abuse.
Not to mention the anti-immigrant policies he has championed for years — going so far as to support Donald Trump’s recent proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
This is not the person we want at the helm of the American justice system. We cannot trust him to enforce the civil rights, voting rights, and hard-fought values that define our democracy.
Add your name: Sign my petition to reject Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
Kimberly Atkins, Boston Herald
U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, angry that GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare puts his signature issue of mental health care reform in its cross hairs, vowed to fight tooth and nail unless GOP lawmakers and the Trump administration show a willingness to compromise.
“I would say they are not off to an auspicious start,” Kennedy told the Herald. “There has been no outreach that I am aware of to say: ‘Let’s work on the Affordable Care Act and make it stronger.’ ”
What did he see in this week’s vow by congressional Republicans to repeal the law by the end of next month?
“Recklessness and irresponsibility,” he said. “If that’s the framework they’re going on, then yes, we should fight them every step of the way.”
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Aimee Chiavaroli, SouthCoastToday
DARTMOUTH — UMass Dartmouth, Precinct 3, has been known for low voter turnout, but with the help of student advocates, that might change, considering they’ve aided some 800 students in registering for this election.
Students in the group UMassD Votes organized events with other groups on campus and helped students register to vote electronically through TurboVote and for this election, numbers have more than doubled.
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Andy McKeever, iBerkshires
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a lot of frustration with politics, especially on the national level, shown throughout this campaign season. While local Democrats say they understand it, they want to take seats in government to fix the causes of that frustration.
“For those who are so frustrated, and we have to acknowledge that frustration comes from a very real place for far too many people — an economy that despite our best efforts is leaving a lot of folks behind or in danger thereof, we’ve got a criminal justice system where one in three black, male babies born today is predicted to go to jail over the course of their lifetime, across our country there are a million public school students who are homeless, 80 percent of the kids, the children in need of mental health care don’t get it in the richest nation on earth,” U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III said on Tuesday when he joined local Democrats and candidates in a get out the vote rally.