WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 2 p.m., U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) will be joined by Repairers of the Breach president, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II; NAACP president, Derrick Johnson; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law president, Kristen Clarke; and U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) for an event outside the U.S. Capitol urging the Trump administration to withdraw the nomination of Thomas Farr to serve a lifetime appointment as a federal district judge.
This event is sponsored by Demand Justice, Repairers of the Breach, the NAACP, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Farr, Trump’s controversial pick to be the next federal judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina, has come under fire for his decades-long record of methodically working to weaken civil rights protections, erode anti-discrimination protections, suppress the vote in communities of color, and attack workers’ rights to organize.
Farr was a top advisor to the late Sen. Jesse Helms’ reelection campaign that became the subject of a complaint by former President Bush’s Justice Department for sending a mailer to intimidate African American voters. Farr gave misleading testimony to the Senate about his role in the scheme, causing a former Justice Department investigator to publicly come forward and contradict him.
Demand Justice is currently airing an ad on television in Washington, D.C., and digitally in eight states urging senators to oppose Farr. Repairers of the Breach President Rev. Barber has written op-eds in the New York Times and Time magazine opposing Farr. The NAACP has held a press conference, mobilizing North Carolina leaders in opposition to Farr. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has sent a letter of opposition to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and held a telephone press briefing with other civil rights leaders.