CPD Action & ACCE Call for Sen. Dianne Feinstein to Step Down as Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: press@populardemocracy.org

Jennifer Epps Addison, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, and Christina Livingston, Executive Director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, issued the following statement:

California — This week’s confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the US Supreme Court have been a travesty from start to finish. But no moment has shown the disconnect between the Senate and voters and our leaders’ utter disregard for our communities’ concerns than Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s abhorrent praise of Sen. Lindsey Graham, calling it one of the best hearings she has ever joined. She said this despite knowing that if Barrett is confirmed, millions of Americans stand to lose their health care. Her careless words undermined their long fought struggle for decent health care and the tireless work of her colleagues to preserve it.

There is nothing praiseworthy about these proceedings. On the contrary, they have debased our democracy, voters and the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sen. Feinstein’s performance and remarks during these hearings give yet more proof that she is ill-equipped to speak for voters. She must immediately step down from her post as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Center for Popular Democracy Action promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. CPD Action builds the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda.

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action is a grassroots, member-led, statewide community organization working with more than 15,000 members across California. ACCE is dedicated to raising the voices of everyday Californians, neighborhood by neighborhood, to fight for the policies and programs we need to improve our communities and create a brighter future.


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