The Drug Policy Alliance is spearheading a drive to stop the nomination of Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. The campaign, which comes with a new video, was launched January 4, 2017.
The initiative exposes Jeff Sessions’ appalling record on drug policy, civil and human rights, and criminal justice reform. The accompanying video was created by award-winning filmmaker Dream Hampton, and features a call to action requesting people to ask their Senators to reject the nomination of Session for Attorney General.
The Drug Policy Alliance is collaborating with a wide coalition of organizations across the political spectrum who are against Sessions. Last December, it organized a teleconference for reporters focusing on the senator’s civil and human rights record, criminal justice reform, and drug policy. Aside from Drug Policy Alliance, expressing their concerns about Sessions are representatives from Latino Justice, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Cato Institute, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, as reported in a news article.
This is not the first time that Sessions’ atrocious civil rights record has been a major concern. In 1986, his confirmation was rejected by the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee due to his extensive record of racist comments and actions. One of his black colleagues made a testimony that Sessions called him a “boy.” He was also accused of using his authority as an attorney to file cases against civil rights activists who were helping African-Americans to register so they could vote.
According to Bill Piper, Senior Director of National Affairs of the Drug Policy Alliance, they will do everything to stop Sessions from being confirmed.