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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C. – Isaiah J. Poole, director of communications for People’s Action, issued the following statement in light of President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general:

“The nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general is one more way the Trump administration shows its racist, xenophobic, homophobic and misogynist colors. His track record through more than 40 years in government has been consistent, from his statement as an Alabama state’s attorney in the 1970s condemning groups like the NAACP for having “forced civil rights down the throats of people” to his extreme position as a United States senator against a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants to his votes against marriage equality and protecting LGBT people against hate crimes.

“Amid a series of ominous appointments, naming Jeff Sessions as attorney general is especially pernicious because that office is our most important federal bulwark against the forces of bigotry and hatred that affect communities of color, immigrants, Muslims, women, the LGBT community and people with disabilities. At a time when the principle of equality under the law is under attack on so many fronts – including the right to vote – we cannot accept Sessions or anyone of his ilk to lead the Justice Department. This is a direct threat to our communities, and we will be activating our national network in the coming days in uncompromising opposition to his nomination. We call on our allies in Congress to do the same.”

People’s Action is a national organization of more than a million people across 30 states working for economic, racial, gender and climate justice – and to ensure everyone has a voice in our political system. From family farms to big cities, from coast to coast, we’re fighting for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations.

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People’s Action is a national network of 38 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. Prior to endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, we completed a national forum series that The Nation called “the most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.”

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