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For Immediate Release:

May 19, 2005

 

Contact: Niger Innis

(212) 598-4000

 

CORE NATIONAL LEADER, ROY INNIS, DEPLORES THE USE OF FILIBUSTER TO BLOCK

          NOMINATIONS OF JUSTICE BROWN AND JUSTICE OWEN

 

EXPRESSES STRONG SUPPORT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL

(NUCLEAR) OPTION TO DEFEAT FILIBUSTER

 

INNIS BEMOANS BLACK DEMOCRATS’ AMNESIA

AND/OR IGNORANCE OF THE RACIST HISTORY OF FILIBUSTERS

 

 INNIS DEMANDS UP OR DOWN VOTE FOR

CONFIRMATION OF THESE DESERVING NOMINEES

 

HE URGES DEMOCRATS NOT TO TURN THE CLOCK BACK TO THE RACIST PAST;

THE NEW AMERICA HAS COME A LONG WAY FROM THAT

 


 

New York, NY, – Roy Innis, National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), deplores the Democratic Party’s return to the discredited racist tactic of filibuster to block the nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown and Justice Pricilla Owen. 

 

Throughout the civil rights struggle for a new and fair America, the filibuster technique has been the primary tool to frustrate minority rights.  It was employed to block the Eisenhower Civil Rights Bill of 1957, and even the Lyndon B. Johnson Civil Rights Bill of 1964.  In all cases the filibustering was done by a minority of Democrats seeking to deny minority rights to others.   Democrat Minority Leader, Harry Reed said that the Senate was set up not to protect majorities but to protect minorities.  Which minorities does he have in mind?  Most troubling to Mr. Innis is the silence of the civil rights establishment, in general, and the complicity of the Black Congressional Caucus, in particular, in this matter.  Mr. Innis bemoans their amnesia and or ignorance of the historic racist role of filibusters as a tactic to oppress and to deny minority rights in the old America. 

 

 He urges democrats (thinking and courageous ones) not to turn the clock back to the racist past; the new America has come a long way from that. Related Links

 

[History of Filibusters] [Judge Janice Brown] [Open Letter to Congress] [Op-Ed Article] [Press Release] [CORE Commercial]

 

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