Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Election Day and Alito!

alright people. Today is election day in Colorado. Ima go vote after I drive my brother to school. I'm voting Yes on Referenda C and D. Also for Colorado Springs I'm voting yes on 3b for d-11 and for school board i'm voting for Mann, Hasling, and Gundvagen (because I think public education is a good thing and don't think we should be teaching kids that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs to church).

So, get your asses out and vote.

Also, if you're on myspace, or want to be, you should join the group Veto Alito; Bush's Supreme Court nominee. I even made a buddy icon which is my first ever, since I just taught myself how to do it. This Alito idiot has some of the most ridiculous written opinions I have ever seen. For example, he claimed that a strip search of a 10-year-old girl was fine under a warrant on her father's house. In other words, if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, you hae no rights, damnit.

Also, the following is a form letter you can copy and paste and send to your senator. Of course, you can edit it at will. All of this info is in the myspace group, but it's now here too. To find your Senator's contact info click here

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Dear Senator _______,

I am writing to you to express my urgent concern regarding the nomination of Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court. Historically, the courts have served as a safeguard, protecting the American people and their rights regardless of which party is in power.

In addition to its role offsetting and checking the powers of the President and the Legislature, the Courts have been charged with ensuring equal access to the provisions and rights enumerated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Samuel Alito's judicial history demonstrates a lack of Constitutional understanding and a disregard for accessibility and equal protection under the law. In a dissenting opinion he authored in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Samuel Alito argued in favor of a provision requiring married women seeking abortion to inform their spouses despite threat of physical violence. He demonstrated a disregard for workers who are victims of sex discrimination in his dissenting opinion in Sheridan v. Dupont. His ruling in ACLU v. Shundler demonstrates a skewed view of separation of church and state. In Doe v. Groody, Alito agued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip-searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized ONLY the search of a man and his home; implying that no one is immune from having their rights taken away if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, or related to someone suspected of a crime.

At such a critical time when extreme ideologies need to be kept separate from American public policy and rights, one with Samuel Alito�s history does not belong on the bench. He is a threat to the continued affirmation of rights for all Americans.

As an American, and as a voter, I urge you to oppose Samuel Alito's nomination. The rights of all American's are clearly at stake under his narrow ideological interpretation of the law. Please use all of the power and tactics at your disposal to prevent his appointment. If Alito is passed through the Committee of the Judiciary, I am asking you to filibuster his nomination.

Concerned,
__________
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Later in the week, we'll be starting a letter writing campaign to members of the committee on the judiciary to stop the nomination before it gets to the floor.

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