Indigent Legal Services Workers to Protest Kavanaugh Appointment

Public Interest Attorneys and Legal Workers say they will oppose this latest attack on women by the Trump Administration.

(New York, NY) —  The Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA), the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA), and 1199 SEIU will hold a rally on Thursday, October 4 at 1pm, in all five NYC boroughs to protest Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. LSSA, ALAA, and 1199 members represent low-income New Yorkers in civil and criminal cases. Every day, we fight tooth and nail to protect our clients’ basic rights, and we see just how fragile those rights are. If he is appointed to the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will further erode the rights of women, people of color, and other oppressed groups.

LSSA, ALAA, and 1199 will converge at one location in each borough and hold a one-hour rally in order to send a clear message that behavior like Kavanaugh’s is unacceptable, and that he should not be appointed to the US Supreme Court:

  • Brooklyn: Housing Court (141 Livingston St)
  • Manhattan: Foley Square
  • Bronx: Housing Court (1118 Grand Concourse)
  • Staten Island: Criminal Court (26 Central Avenue)
  • Queens: Housing Court (89-17 Sutphin Blvd)

Before last week, Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the highest court in the US seemed controversial but inevitable. Thanks to the incredible bravery of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, this is no longer the case. Last Thursday, Dr. Ford stood before the US Senate and described her sexual assault at the hands of Judge Kavanaugh. Her testimony was heartfelt, moving, and obviously credible. Responding to that testimony, Judge Kavanaugh delivered a petulant, arrogant, and disrespectful speech filled with threats and lies. His temperament and partisanship demonstrate that he is not appropriate to sit on the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, others assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh continue to come forward.

“As a Federal Judge, Kavanaugh has demonstrated his disdain for the environment, the rights of women, the rights of people of color, and other oppressed people,” stated LSSA President Sonja Shield. “Even before Dr. Ford came forward, it was clear that Kavanaugh was an ideologue perfectly tailored to carry out President Donald Trump’s agenda. The Senate hearing last week dramatically demonstrated the damage these beliefs will cause.”

“The members of ALAA, LSSA, and 1199 stand in solidarity with all victims of sexual violence, including Dr. Ford and any other women who Judge Kavanaugh has assaulted over the years,” stated ALAA President Deborah Wright. “We stand against Judge Kavanaugh’s heinous acts and also against his jurisprudence, which demonstrates a consistent disregard for the rights and humanity of women, workers, people of color, and the environment.”

As lawyers, paralegals, social workers, administrative staff and legal services workers, and as union members, survivors of sexual violence, women, and allies, we will not stand idly by while this man is handed incredible power over our lives and the lives of our clients.

We call on all legal services workers across the country to protest outside of housing court, criminal court, supreme court, and all other forums where we represent low-income Americans, and to join together to defeat Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the nation’s highest Court.

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The Legal Services Staff Association – UAW Local 2320/National Organization of Legal Services Workers represents civil legal services attorneys and staff at Legal Services NYC and Mobilization for Justice.

 The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys – UAW Local 2325 is the oldest union of attorneys in the United States and represents 1,200 members at the Legal Aid Society of New York, Nassau County Legal Aid Society, Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Federal Defenders of New York, Youth Represent, and CAMBA Legal Services.

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East has over 400,000 members throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Florida and represents the support staff at the Legal Aid Society.