Filibustering in Milwaukee. January 19–20
Milwaukee Filibustered the Nomination of Judge Samuel Alito
NAACP - MILWAUKEE BRANCH
2745 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
From Thursday, January 19, 9 a.m. to Friday, January 20, 9 a.m., citizens of Milwaukee gathered in a space dedicated to human rights. We raised reams of objections to the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito. We record this historic effort to state our concern that his rise to the Supreme Court will roll back decades of human and civil rights for all Americans.
Let it be said that the hospitality of the NAACP does not point to Sam Alito as exclusively a problem for African Americans. Nor does Alito raise women’s rights issues only. Several speakers pointed out that job discrimination, worker safety, environmental protection, the psychological safety of children are also at stake in this appointment to the Supreme Court. And to that list we must add an opportunistic federalism driven by ideology not law. High minded federalism is no substitute for justice; and the expansion of presidential power belies the hypocrisy of returning power to the states.
History will unfold as it may, but let it be recorded that we stood up and spoke truth to power at this eventful moment. We did our best to convince the Senate, especially the honorable Senators Feingold and Kohl, that resisting the nomination of Samuel Alito with the filibuster would have been a worthy cause. Even in failiing, this effort would have forever marked the Alito judicial legacy with Senatorial prescience.
We leave a meager legacy to our children; and that is that the fight must continue, at the peril of this floundering nation, lost in a war to export a democracy we seem unable to sustain at home.
Comments by Bill Sell, January 20, 2006.