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Tireless Grassroots Activism Leads to Defeat of Unacceptable, Racist Nominee

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Tireless Grassroots Activism Leads to Defeat of Unacceptable, Racist Nominee

November 29,2018 Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) expressed its relief at the Senate’s rejection of Thomas Farr to be a US District Court judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“The sidelining of Thomas Farr is, in no uncertain terms, a nod to the powerful voice of grassroots advocates fighting for social change around the country. Since the 1980s, if not earlier, Thomas Farr has dedicated his career to voter suppression.

“As an attorney, Farr participated in the late Sen. Jesse Helms’ campaign strategy to intimidate black voters away from the ballot box. What’s more, he seems to have lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the depth of his involvement in this heinous, racist scheme. Farr was nominated twice before by President George W. Bush for this seat but his nomination failed. President Obama then nominated two qualified, independent African American female candidates in a row for the seat, who were rejected for purely political reasons. Farr’s lifetime confirmation would have been a new low for this Senate, which is saying a lot.

“Farr’s defeat is a victory for the people of North Carolina, who deserve independent, well-qualified judges. It is vital that even more senators continue to stand up for all Americans by only confirming judicial nominees who have proven that they will be fair, unbiased arbiters of justice.

“NCJW’s powerful network of grassroots advocates will continue to fight for the long-term health of our nation’s federal bench.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 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. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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