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Get the latest news about the campaign, which U.S. Senators are standing up to Trump’s Agenda, and find out just how dangerous Neil Gorsuch is for every day Americans.

April 7, 2017

Press Release: People’s Defense Statement on Judge Gorsuch’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court

Following the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the People’s Defense released the following statement: “Today is a sad day for all Americans, whose interests were given a backseat to partisan politics and our tainted president’s extreme agenda. The only way Senate Republicans were able to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch for a seat […]

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April 5, 2017

Videos: Vote No on the Nuclear Option

To Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake: A vote for Judge Gorsuch is a vote against the people of Arizona. Don’t change the rules, change the nominee!

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April 5, 2017

Press Release: The People’s Defense Launches Ads Demanding Senate Republicans Reject the Nuclear Option

Today the People’s Defense, a coalition of the nation’s largest grassroots organizations led by NARAL Pro-Choice America, is rolling out a six-figure digital ad campaign urging Senate Republicans not to change the Senate rules for President Donald Trump. The ads will run in Arizona, Alaska, Maine, Nevada, and South Carolina to pressure Republican senators to […]

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April 4, 2017

Video: The People’s Filibuster Day of Action

On April 1, 2017, Americans across the country gathered to hold a People’s Filibuster and tell their Senators: #WeObject to Neil Gorsuch as our next Supreme Court justice!

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April 3, 2017

New York Times: Mitch McConnell’s Nuclear Trigger Finger

In the 1944 noir film “Gaslight,” a villain hides his crimes by convincing his innocent wife she’s insane, feeding her barely perceptible lies and altering small aspects of her environment until she doubts her own instincts and observations. Senate Republicans are attempting the same scheme on their Democratic counterparts, trying to convince them and the […]

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April 2, 2017

New York Times: The Government Gorsuch Wants to Undo

At recent Senate hearings to fill the Supreme Court’s open seat, Judge Neil Gorsuch came across as a thoroughly bland and nonthreatening nominee. The idea was to give as little ammunition as possible to opponents when his nomination comes up this week for a vote, one that Senate Democrats may try to upend with a […]

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April 2, 2017

CNN: Why everyone is waiting to hear from these Democrats on Neil Gorsuch

Washington – One week before the Senate votes on Neil Gorsuch’s nomination, it’s unclear yet whether Republicans will have enough votes to end an expected Democratic filibuster. Republicans, who have a 52-48 majority, need a total of eight Democrats to get to 60 — the critical number required to end the filibuster. If they don’t […]

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April 1, 2017

Press Release: Nationwide Rallies Oppose Trump’s Agenda, Supreme Court Nominee With A “People’s Filibuster”

Grassroots Groups Stand Up to Trump, Call For Senators to #StopGorsuch In more than a dozen cities across the country, grassroots activists and members of the People’s Defense gathered today to oppose Trump’s dangerous agenda, including his pick for the Supreme Court. These events, dubbed “The People’s Filibuster,” come just two days before the US […]

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March 31, 2017

Politico: Liberals taste victory no matter Gorsuch outcome

After weeks of publicly complaining that Senate Democrats were going easy on Neil Gorsuch, liberal activists are close to securing a successful filibuster of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick. But they’re not stopping there. Activists are now vowing to make Republicans pay a political price if they decide to rip up Senate rules to […]

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March 29, 2017

Press Release: People’s Defense Announces Massive Day of Action to Protest Trump Agenda

Events Gathering Thousands of Americans Planned in Cities Across the Country On Saturday, April 1st, two days before the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the Neil Gorsuch nomination, thousands of Americans will rally in states across the country to call on their senators to oppose Donald Trump’s dangerous agenda, including his nomination of Neil Gorsuch […]

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March 28, 2017

Aurora Sentinel: Gorsuch is a Perfectly Qualified but Fatally Flawed Candidate for the Supreme Court

Judge Neil Gorsuch is smart, diligent, affable but fatally flawed as a candidate for the United States Supreme Court. Gorsuch, a product of Colorado and veteran of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, has long been an articulate jurist and self-proclaimed proponent of helping the law speak for itself. Yet, he misunderstands the Constitution’s driving […]

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March 28, 2017

Washington Post: Gorsuch May Fall Short of Votes Needed for Smooth Supreme Court Confirmation

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, may fall short of the votes needed for smooth passage in the Senate next week, potentially dashing Republican hopes for an easy victory after the stinging defeat of the American Health Care Act last week. Gorsuch needs 60 votes to clear a procedural hurdle required of high-court […]

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March 27, 2017

The New Yorker: Behind Neil Gorsuch’s Non-Answers

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the diminutive liberal colossus of the Supreme Court, has built a distinguished record as a Justice, but her legacy as a nominee is more dubious. In her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in 1993, she refused to answer most questions about how, if confirmed, she would rule. In an oft-quoted […]

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March 27, 2017

Politico: Senate Democrats delay committee vote on Gorsuch nomination

Senate Democrats on Monday pushed a key committee vote for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch into next week, setting in motion a major showdown over his Senate confirmation. The delay was expected — any member of the Judiciary Committee can ask for a nomination to be held over one week. The committee will now vote […]

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March 27, 2017

New York Times: Democrats Plan Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Thursday vowed to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, signaling an imminent partisan showdown over the nominee’s fate and the future of century-old rules in the chamber. As committee hearings on Judge Gorsuch concluded on Thursday, it appeared increasingly likely that Republicans hoping to elevate President […]

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March 27, 2017

Los Angeles Times: Senate Democrats plan filibuster to stop Gorsuch confirmation to Supreme Court

Democrats plan a filibuster against Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up a Senate fight that they are almost certain to eventually lose. The long-expected announcement of the filibuster plan came from Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). In a message on Twitter, Schumer said that Gorsuch would “face a […]

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March 22, 2017

Press Release: Fishing for Answers – Republican Senators Cast Softball Questions in Gorsuch Hearings

Examining a nominee for a lifetime seat on the United States Supreme Court is one of the Senate’s highest responsibilities. But while Americans across the country are eager to know where Neil Gorsuch stands on fundamental rights, Republican Senators questioned the nominee about his hobbies, like his favorite fishing spots and his preference for skiing. Watch some of […]

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March 21, 2017

Politico: Liberal Groups Increase Pressure Over Gorsuch Nomination

As Neil Gorsuch faces a grilling in the Senate Judiciary Committee later Tuesday, liberal groups mobilizing against him are accelerating the pressure against Democratic senators with a new digital ad campaign urging them to filibuster the Supreme Court nominee. The People’s Defense, a coalition of more than a dozen progressive organizations, is launching the six-figure […]

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March 21, 2017

Press Release: New Ads From Progressive Groups Urge Senate Democrats to Filibuster Gorsuch

The People’s Defense, a coalition of the largest grassroots organizations on the left led by NARAL Pro-Choice America is escalating its campaign to urge Senate Democrats to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch by rolling out a six-figure digital ad campaign demanding Democratic Senators block Trump’s pick from getting a lifetime appointment. The ads are scheduled to […]

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March 20, 2017

Press Release: Progressive Groups to Democratic Senators – Filibuster Gorsuch

Today, as the hearing starts for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, leading progressive groups have kicked off a campaign to urge Senate Democrats to use every tool available to them—including the filibuster—to block Gorsuch’s nomination. Led by NARAL Pro-Choice America, MoveOn.org, Civic Action, Daily Kos, CREDO, Ultraviolet, and Progressive Change Campaign Committee are sending their […]

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March 20, 2017

ABC News: Progressive groups demand a filibuster against Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Progressive organizations are ramping up their campaign against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and explicitly calling on Senate Democrats to do more to oppose his confirmation to the nation’s highest court. Monday, leading organizations on the left, including MoveOn, UltraViolet, DailyKos, NARAL Pro-Choice America and others sent an email to their millions of members asking […]

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March 16, 2017

Daily Kos: That Time Neil Gorsuch Said it Was Okay for Bush and Cheney to Torture People

So much for a Supreme Court justice who would be a check on an overreaching, lawless, unitary executive. Let’s go back to the really bad old days of the Bush/Cheney regime and that hallmark of it: torture. Neil Gorsuch, popular vote loser Donald Trump’s nominee to sit on the high court, was a top Justice […]

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March 14, 2017

Press Release: Sens. Warren, Merkley, Markey To Join Nation’s Largest Grassroots Groups To Oppose Gorsuch Nomination

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2017 Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org **Photo opportunity available of over 100 Americans walking from Supreme Court to the U.S. Senate to deliver nearly one million petitions to stop Neil Gorsuch** TOMORROW: Sens. Warren, Merkley, Markey To Join Nation’s Largest Grassroots Groups To Oppose Gorsuch Nomination The People’s Defense, a Coalition Including NARAL, […]

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March 14, 2017

Politico: Liberals hit Democrats on Gorsuch after Politico story

Liberal groups are firing off yet another warning to Senate Democrats in the heated battle over Neil Gorsuch, urging the senators to ramp up their fight against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee ahead of the confirmation hearings next week. In response to a POLITICO story Tuesday detailing the caucus’ struggles to coalesce around a […]

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March 14, 2017

Press Release: Progressive Groups of the People’s Defense Issue Statement on Strategy to Defeat Gorsuch Nomination

Today, members of the People’s Defense and other progressive groups issued the following statement in response to Politico’s report this morning: “Judge Gorsuch is as extreme a nominee as we’ve seen in generations. If confirmed, Gorsuch could represent the deciding vote on President Trump’s most discriminatory, corporate-friendly policies, including voter suppression, the Muslim Ban, and […]

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March 14, 2017

New York Magazine: This Is How Neil Gorsuch Thinks

“A trucker was stranded on the side of the road, late at night, in cold weather, and his trailer brakes were stuck,” wrote appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, last August, in a dissenting opinion that is apt to come up at his confirmation hearings next week for the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. […]

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March 14, 2017

POLITICO: Abortion rights groups press Democrats to block Gorsuch

A broad coalition of abortion-rights groups will call on senators to oppose Neil Gorsuch at all costs in an effort to stoke liberal opposition to the Supreme Court nominee just days before his consequential confirmation hearings. Warning that Gorsuch would “put reproductive freedom in danger,” more than 50 groups have signed onto a letter meant […]

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March 9, 2017

Press Release: Nation’s Largest Grassroots Groups Join Together For “The People’s Defense”

Groups Represent Tens of Millions of Americans “Nothing less than the independence of our nation’s highest court is at stake in this fight” Today, the largest grassroots groups in the country joined together to launch “The People’s Defense” — a massive grassroots campaign with actions planned in all 50 states to defeat Judge Neil Gorsuch’s […]

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March 9, 2017

Huffington Post: Democrats Who Support Neil Gorsuch Will Pay A Price, Progressive Groups Warn

The grassroots resistance to President Donald Trump has targeted many things: His apparent disregard for ethics and the rule of law. His Cabinet appointments. His campaign’s reported contacts with Russia. His pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. His executive orders targeting immigrants and minorities. But one area where the opposition is still […]

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March 8, 2017

New York Times: Activists Urge Democrats to step up resistance

WASHINGTON — With the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Neil M. Gorsuch less than two weeks away, liberal activists are alarmed not only at the prospect of his lifetime appointment to the court, but at what they see as muted opposition from Senate Democrats. READ MORE

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March 7, 2017

Forbes: Why Millenials Should Be Worried About Supreme Court Nominee

“I want to like Gorsuch, but despite his superb credentials and elegant manner, he’s an originalist. Meaning he interprets the constitution through the lens and context of when it was written in 1789. It sounds quaint and intellectually stimulating on paper, but in practice, for those who are not property owning white men, it is […]

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