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The Reform Movement Opposes the Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

The Reform Movement Opposes the Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Tell your Senators: Oppose Jeff Sessions' Nomination

When President-elect Trump nominated Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be the next U.S. Attorney General, we carefully examined the Senator’s long record in public life. As the nation’s top law enforcement officer, the Attorney General wields great influence over many policy areas of key importance to the Reform Movement, including civil rights, religious freedom, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality and immigration.

In a statement in advance of this week’s confirmation hearings, RAC Director Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner raised significant concerns about Senator Sessions’ nomination, expressing the hope that the Senator would assure us that he would “enforce and interpret the law to promote justice and equality for all.”

Senator Sessions’ testimony and response to questions confirmed his longstanding record of insufficient commitment to pursuing equal rights without regard to race, class, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or national origin. In the Reform Movement’s statement of opposition to the nomination, Rabbi Pesner states: “Senator Sessions’ record and testimony causes us to believe that, if confirmed, he would stand in the way of the Justice Department’s mandate to enforce and protect these fundamental rights, and for that reason we are opposing his nomination.”

As American citizens and as Reform Jews, we take seriously our obligation to be engaged in the cabinet nominations process. Following the teaching of Rabbi Yitzhak, “A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted” (B’rachot 55a), we recognize that our Movement must speak out on nominees who, if confirmed, would have the power to make substantial changes on issues we care deeply about.

Learn more about Senator Sessions’ record and urge your senators to oppose his nomination here. For more information, you can also read Rabbi Pesner’s letter to members of the Senate regarding the nomination. Finally, you read the questions we have submitted to Senate committees for the hearings other nominees for key administration positions at www.AskTheNominees.com.

Jacob Kraus is the campaign organizer at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, leading the Reform Movement’s Urgency of Now campaigns for criminal justice reform and immigrant justice. Based at the Union for Reform Judaism offices in New York City, Jacob grew up in Cincinnati, OH, where his family is affiliated with Rockdale Temple. He is a 2015 graduate of Macalester College.

Jacob Kraus