NCJW Opposes Nomination of Senator Sessions for Attorney General

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NCJW Opposes Nomination of Senator Sessions for Attorney General

November 18, 2016, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today announced its opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to become Attorney General of the United States. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has a record on civil rights and immigration law that is in opposition to everything the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) stands for. We do not believe he is an appropriate appointment as US Attorney General because we question his ability to fairly enforce the laws of the United States.

“NCJW opposed President Reagan’s nomination of Senator Sessions in 1986 to become a US District Court judge for the same reasons we oppose him now — he demonstrated hostility to the civil rights of African Americans and other groups protected by existing civil rights laws. His record of racist comments and beliefs was thoroughly exposed in his confirmation hearings, after which his nomination was rejected by the then-Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee. Sessions was one of only two nominees rejected by the Judiciary Committee in nearly 50 years.

“We, once again, call upon President–elect Donald Trump to select nominees for senior positions who demonstrate a commitment to fundamental constitutional values and who are free of the taint of racism and bigotry.”


The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at .

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