Senate Democrats Filibuster Pryor; Vote Today on Kuhl
In their continued effort to stop President Bush from stacking the nation's courts with right-wing ideologues, Senate Democrats blocked the nomination of far-right extremist William Pryor to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. With a vote of 53 to 44, Senate Republicans were unable to obtain the 60 votes needed to approve a cloture vote on Pryor's nomination.
"Mr. Pryor's litigation position, public statements and his writings leave little doubt that he is committed to using the law, not simply to advance a conservative agenda, but a narrow and extremely ideological agenda," said Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), as reported by the Associated Press.
Senate Democrats also held strong on a filibuster against Miguel Estrada, Bush's stealth nominee to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. With a vote of 55-43, Republicans failed in their seventh attempt to gain cloture on Estrada's nomination.
A cloture vote is scheduled for today on Bush's nomination of right-wing ideologue Carolyn Kuhl to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kuhl has a long history of opposing women's rights. As Deputy Solicitor General in the Reagan Administration's Justice Department, she advocated the overturn of Roe v. Wade and authored a brief opposing a victim of sexual harassment - siding with the employer in the landmark Meritor Savings Bank case. In 2001, as a judge on the LA Superior Court, Kuhl dismissed a lawsuit brought by a breast cancer survivor against a pharmaceutical company for invasion of privacy after a sales representative for the company stood in on a breast exam without her consent.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .