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Pittsburgh City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Alito NominationEdit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Nevins, 267-847-7189: Reed Millar, 484-769-3564

January 24, 2006

Pittsburgh, PA - Today the Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court. The resolution also encouraged Pennsylvania’s Senators Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter to vote against Alito when his nomination comes up for a vote.

The resolution, sponsored by Council Members Douglas Shields and Tonya Payne, praised retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor for her record as a moderate and for casting votes to protect the basic freedoms of all Americans.

In contrast, Judge Alito background indicates that he will “move civil rights backwards, roll back privacy protections, make life easier for polluters, and give a free pass to people who discriminate,” according to the resolution.

The text of the Pittsburgh City Council resolution follows this release.

“Locally elected officials are the last line of defense when statewide officer holders and other elected officials lack the courage to stand up for the basic rights of citizens,” said Councilman Shields. “As City Council members, we have a duty to represent our constituents who cherish the right to organize, value the protection of civil liberties, and respect the environment. Judge Alito is clearly a threat to these basic tenets of our democracy.”

Councilwoman Payne added, “I, along with the other members of Pittsburgh’s City Council, felt it was extremely important to assert our opinion as a group against the appointment of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. More specifically, we decided that from a political perspective, it was critical that we, as the legislative body representing the City of Pittsburgh, encourage Senators Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum to vote against this nomination, as such an appointment would most certainly negatively impact judicial outcomes pertaining to women, minorities, the environment, and individual privacy concerns.”

In addition to the Pittsburgh City Council resolution, the Borough of Wilkinsburg, PA passed a resolution last week opposing the nomination of Judge Alito. “Judge Alito is not the common sense, mainstream choice America deserves,” the Wilkinsburg council declared in its resolution.

PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION OPPOSING ALITO NOMINATION TO SUPREME COURTEdit

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and a place where the rights and interests of regular, hard-working Americans are protected; and

WHEREAS, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a moderate judge who has cast votes again and again to protect our basic freedoms, is stepping down after years of admirable and praiseworthy service; and

WHEREAS, Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito in his rulings, has not supported these basic freedoms, and will shift the court dramatically to the right for decades to come; and

WHEREAS, Judge Alito’s positions are dangerous to every part of American society, his views indicate he will move civil rights backwards, roll back privacy protections, make life easier for polluters, and give a free pass to people who discriminate; and

WHEREAS, Judge Alito even questioned the one-man one-vote principle years after it was universally accepted; and

WHEREAS, the one man, one vote principle ensures that every American is equally represented at the polling place; and

WHEREAS, Judge Alito is not the common sense, mainstream choice America deserves;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does object to the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court and encourages Senator Arlen Specter and Senator Rick Santorum to vote against this nomination.

Wilkinsburg Borough Council passed similar resolution opposing Alito last weekEdit

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