Monday, December 23, 2013

Atlanta Leaders Call on the President to Withdraw Slate of Judicial Nominees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   December 21, 2013

ATLANTA--A broad coalition of elected officials and community leaders will announce their opposition to the slate of candidates nominated last Thursday by the White House to sit on the bench in the Northern District of Georgia at a news conference on Monday, December 23rd.

The news conference will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 449 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30312, at 11:00 a.m on Monday December 23rd.

The group cites serious concerns that the proposed candidates do not adequately reflect the diversity of the northern district and that the selection process lacked meaningful community input.  Additionally, the coalition finds it troubling that the nominees include persons who have advocated in favor of Georgia's voter ID laws and flying of the Confederate Battle Emblem as part of the Georgia State flag.

Three recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom--Rep. John Lewis, the Rev. Joseph Lowery, and the Rev. C.T. Vivian--will speak, as well as U.S. Reps. David Scott and Hank Johnson.

 Representatives of the Atlanta and Georgia Chapters of the NAACP, The Coalition for the People's Agenda, and the SCLC will also be present.

The Press Conference is organized by  Advocacy for Action, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization.   For more information contact Charles Johnson ( or Suzy Ockleberry (

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