GOVERNMENT RELATIONS ACTION ALERT
Call Your Senators and Oppose the Nomination of Judge Charles Pickering to the
U.S. Court of Appeals!
TAKE ACTION NOW!
February 26, 2002
REASON: Call your Senators and the Senate Judiciary Committee by dialing
the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and urge him or her to oppose
confirmation of Judge Charles Pickering, Sr. to the Fifth Circuit Court of
ISSUE: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has profound
concerns with the nomination of Judge Charles Pickering, Sr., presently of the
Southern District of Mississippi, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth
Circuit. Judge Pickering’s record as a district court judge and as a state
senator exemplifies his hostility to NASW priorities, specifically, civil rights
and voting rights, in addition to a woman’s right to choose. Since its
inception, NASW has fought vigorously for the protection of these issues through
earnest advocacy efforts implemented to redress attacks on individual liberties,
freedoms, and discriminatory practices. If the U.S. Senate confirms his
nomination, Judge Pickering will serve on the Court of Appeals for the Fifth
Circuit, which covers Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The Fifth Circuit Court
of Appeals comprises the highest concentration of ethnic minorities in the
THE PICKERING RECORD: It is within the power of the federal judiciary to
enforce U.S. civil rights laws to protect equal rights for all its citizens.
Judge Charles Pickering has exhibited a marked hostility to civil rights,
including criticizing and seeking to limit remedies for violations of the Voting
Rights Act of 1965.
- In 1959, Judge Pickering, in a law review article, urged a remedy
that would let Mississippi authorities bring felony prosecutions for interracial
- In the 1970s, state Senator Pickering twice voted for a reapportionment plan
that would increase the number of senators per district while diluting the
voting strength of African Americans and other racial minorities.
- In 1976, state Senator Pickering chaired the Human Rights and
Responsibilities Subcommittee of the National Republican Party Platform
Committee protesting the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.
- In 1993, Judge Pickering published an opinion questioning the
"one-person-one-vote" doctrine as "obtrusive."
SOCIAL WORK ACTION: There are approximately 28 million residents in the
Fifth Circuit. Forty-three percent of the population is either African
American or Hispanic. NASW believes that this demographic composition properly
suggests the necessity for equity and balance in the U.S. judicial system,
including the Fifth Circuit. In the Fifth Circuit, nine of the 14 sitting
judges are Republican appointees who have adjudicated cases that
disproportionately affect ethnic minorities, women and working-class Americans.
Judge Pickering’s record is one of insensitivity, indifference and even disdain
regarding the principles of civil rights. Moreover, his rulings frequently have
been reversed for discarding controlling precedent on constitutional rights and
improperly denying people access to the courts. Americans require equanimity and
adherence to the fundamentals of democracy for officers of the courts. In
view of such, please call, write, or e-mail your Senator on the Judiciary
Committee and urge him or her to oppose Judge Pickering’s nomination to the
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Committee vote is scheduled for February 28,
Senate Judiciary Committee
AT THIS TIME IN THE PROCESS TELEPHONE CALLS WILL BE THE
MOST EFFECTIVE WAY FOR SOCIAL WORKERS TO GET THEIR POSITION HEARD!
HOWEVER IF YOU CANNOT MAKE A CALL IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF
DAYS SEND A LETTER TO YOUR SENATORS THROUGH CONGRESS WEB NOW:
|Patrick Leahy, (D-VT)
||Orrin Hatch, (R-UT)|
|Edward Kennedy, (D-MA)
||Strom Thurmond, (R-SC)|
|Joseph Biden, (D-DE)
||Charles Grassley, (R-IA)|
|Herb Kohl, (D-WI)
||Arlen Spector, (R-PA)|
|Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA)
||Jon Kyl, (R- AZ)|
|Russell Feingold, (D-WI)
||Mike Dewine, (R-OH)|
|Charles Schumer, (D-NY)
||Jeff Sessions, (R-AL)|
|Richard Durbin, (D-IL)
||Sam Brownback, (R-KS)|
|Maria Cantwell, (D-WA)
||Mitch McConnell, (R-KY)|
|John Edwards, (D-NC)|
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CONTACT: Lawrence Moore, III, at (202) 336-8289.