BERGENFIELD, N.J. -- Five Bergen County women recently participated in a procession of the National Council of Jewish Women on Capitol Hill as part of a campaign demanding the Senate hold hearings and vote on Judge Merrick Garland as a Supreme Court nominee.
“NCJW activists and leaders here in Bergen County and across the US understand that the Supreme Court must be fully functional. We are mobilized to make sure that our senators rise above partisan politics and perform their constitutionally-mandated jobs when it comes to filling the court vacancy,” Bea Podorefsky, NCJW Presidium member said in a statement. We are grateful and thankful that New Jersey Senators [Robert] Menendez and [Cory] Booker have promised to garner support for a hearing."
During the procession, nearly 400 women marched from the US Supreme Court to the US Capitol bearing copies of the Constitution and a personal message to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Chuck Grassley.
"This is an important moment in our nation’s history that will expose the core values of our elected senators – namely, whether partisanship overrides public service. Every aspect of our lives and the character of our democracy are impacted by judicial vacancies, none more so than the current vacancy on the Supreme Court," Nancy Kaufman, NCJW CEO, said. "The ability to access contraceptive care and abortion, voting rights, equal opportunity in education and the workplace, and religious freedom are some of the issues on the table before this Supreme Court where one seat stands vacant.”
As part of the campaign, NCJW advocates and sections across the country will engage with their senators and their communities in a persistent campaign to raise visibility and public focus on the urgency of filling the US Supreme Court vacancy as soon as possible.
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