FRIDAY 01/19/18



Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve Farr's nomination. Next, the full Senate must confirm his appointment.

Attorney Thomas Farr, Trump’s nominee for a lifetime judgeship with the US District Court for Eastern North Carolina, has a long history of advocating for policies that disenfranchise black voters. For example, Farr defended a North Carolina voter ID law that prevented an estimated 30,000 voters from participating on the 2014 election. A federal court found the law unconstitutional because it was designed "with almost surgical precision" to discourage black voters from voting. Farr also defended North Carolina's gerrymandered political districts, which the Supreme Court found to be unconstitutional because they were drawn to dilute black voters’ electoral impact. The seat that Farr would fill has remained open longer than any other federal court vacancy because Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) refused to approve President Obama's original nominees for this position (despite Burr having recommended one of the nominees to Obama himself). Once again, Republicans plan to fill a judgeship stolen from the Obama administration with an anti-civil rights, anti-voting rights attorney who would actively work to suppress black voters.

The courts provide an essential check on the Trump administration's crusade against progressive policies and electoral fairness; the court rulings against the discriminatory policies Farr has defended demonstrate the need for federal judges who are committed to protecting voting rights.

Script for Senate:

Hi, my name is ________ and I'm a constituent from zip code _______.

I'm calling to express my strong opposition to Thomas Farr's nomination for a federal judgeship. Farr has a long track record of defending unconstitutional voter suppression laws and racist gerrymandering and cannot preside impartially over cases involving civil and voting rights. If Senator ______ votes for his confirmation it will clearly show that he supports discriminatory voter suppression. I will be watching this vote closely. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]


Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125


Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342 

High Point: (336) 885-0685



Create an Independent Redistricting Commission:

As you likely know, federal courts confirmed what we already knew and ruled that North Carolina’s Congressional districts are unconstitutionally gerrymandered along partisan lines. Slate has a GREAT article talking about how Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been quietly establishing the grounds for this ruling for years, once again confirming her status as a matron saint of the Resistance. At any rate, Jeff Jackson, one of the great stars of our NCGA has a great bill calling for an independent redistricting commission. Let’s support that bill.


[Focus on the House and Senate for now] Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________ to urge Sen./Rep. _______________ to support SB 702, which would establish an independent redistricting commission. An independent commission is vital to the process of restoring faith in our state legislature and would fulfill the goals of creating competitive districts that will make our representatives more responsive to the needs of voters. Please support SB 702 and ensure that voters have a voice on North Carolina’s elections. Thank you.


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