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Menashi Confirmation a Stain on the Integrity of the Senate, Judiciary
November 14, 2019 – Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today expressed disappointment at the confirmation of Steven Menashi to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. NCJW Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan released the following statement:
“Today, the Senate gave Steven Menashi lifetime access to preside over our fundamental rights – from reproductive and voting rights to gun violence prevention and beyond. The National Council of Jewish Women strongly condemns his confirmation. The integrity of the nation’s judiciary depends on its complete independence and insulation from politics; unfortunately, highly partisan nominees like Menashi continue to be approved by the Senate without regard to their biases or other disqualifying qualities. Menashi has called for “ethnonationalism,” worked to help roll back protections for survivors of sexual assault, and worked in the White House as a legal advisor to advance unconscionable immigration policies like family separation. Notably, Menashi refused to answer questions related to his work in the White House during his judiciary committee hearing. His positions go against our Jewish values of loving the stranger and treating all with dignity. Menashi does not belong in a position that allows him to decide the fate of our most vulnerable populations for generations to come.
“Despite our extreme disappointment today, NCJW will continue to push for fair and independent judges to be appointed to our federal courts, for the benefit of women, children, and families everywhere. We will not let the appointment of Steven Menashi distract us from being vigilant about protecting our courts.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 90,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
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