Now more than ever, we need an independent judicial branch that will be a check on President Trump when he violates the law or the Constitution. Case in point: when the President issued an executive order preventing citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, federal judges intervened and halted the travel ban, despite a backlash from the President.
Unfortunately, Judge Neil Gorsuch—Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court—would not be the independent jurist we need to protect our rights. Administration officials have bragged that Judge Gorsuch “represents the type of judge that has the vision of Donald Trump” and that Trump and Judge Gorsuch “support each other.” We can’t let him become our next Supreme Court justice.
Tell your Senators to oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination.
Judge Gorsuch joined the original Hobby Lobby decision that ruled corporations are people that can hold religious beliefs and that allowed bosses to deny women birth control coverage. He would have allowed the state of Utah to block access to health care and education for thousands of Planned Parenthood patients. And his approach to interpreting laws would narrow antidiscrimination protections for women in the workplace, and threaten critically important protections for women and girls at school, in healthcare, and elsewhere.
Trump made a series of troubling promises about his Supreme Court nominee, long before he nominated Judge Gorsuch. First, Trump promised to select his nominee from a list provided by right-wing organizations—and he did. He vowed to nominate a justice in the mold of Justice Scalia—and Judge Gorsuch has explicitly praised Justice Scalia’s approach to the law. And finally, Trump promised to nominate a justice who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade—and we should take him at his word.
When we add up everything we know about Trump’s promises, Judge Gorsuch’s record and approach to the law, and statements from Administration officials about Judge Gorsuch’s connection with Trump, we get a chilling picture of the threats to legal protections for women if Judge Gorsuch is confirmed.
The stakes for our rights are sky-high with this nomination. As one Administration official pointed out, the presidency lasts four years, but Judge Gorsuch could sit on the Supreme Court for 40 years—meaning that his decisions could affect the lives of women and girls for generations.
Thank you for taking action and demanding a Supreme Court nominee who will protect all of us.
We the Resistance is our fight to protect our rights and freedoms and to defend the most vulnerable among us through powerful collective action. Every conversation you have with a loved one about the issues important to you, every call you make to Congress, every rally you attend is a part of that resistance. Join us—sign on to the We The Resistance manifesto.
There’s a reason the new parental leave policy from Starbucks is so controversial: it would provide different amounts of leave to different types of parents.
Under the Starbucks policy, a new parent who works in a store would get far less paid leave than a new parent who works in corporate. In fact, a new parent who works in a store wouldn’t get any paid parental leave at all, unless they’re the birth mother.
Whether you work in a store or work in an office, everyone needs time to care for their families. That’s why more & more companies are providing paid family leave. That’s why we’re seeing real momentum behind the issue in the State Legislature.
And that’s why we need companies like Starbucks to lead the way and offer policies which recognize that all of us need time to care.
Thanks for everything you do,
all of us at Working Washington
Earlier this week, Donald Trump signed another Muslim travel ban, after his first one was stayed by the courts.
We fought that first ban, and we’re going to fight this one, too.
The Trump administration purposely wrote this new ban to make it harder to challenge in court. But slapping a new coat of paint on a hate-filled proposal doesn’t make it better. It’s still the same xenophobic rhetoric we saw before:
This ban hurts immigrants, DREAMers, and innocent Muslims who are trying to enter this country to better their lives — for no other reason than Donald Trump’s xenophobia.
I’m so proud of Washington Democrats like Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who have stood up to Trump’s bans. And I’m disgusted by Republicans who are putting partisanship ahead of human rights by supporting the ban or staying silent.
Well here’s some good news : our minimum wage is safe!
On 3/8/2017 at 5:00pm , three bills that would have rolled back our state minimum wage officially “died” in the State Legislature.
- SB 5530, which would have reduced the minimum wage to $9.53/hour for everyone who happened to work outside of King County is dead.
- SB 5532, which would have reduced the minimum wage to $9.53/hour for everyone whose employer happens to be classified as a nonprofit is dead.
- And SB 5541, which would have created a special sub-minimum wage for younger workers is dead too.
In other words: we did it! 🙂