Talking Points by Terry M. Neal

If a Liberal Opposition Group Held a Rally in a Forest ...

By Terry M. Neal Staff Writer
Thursday, September 15, 2005; 11:18 AM

Fait accompli or not, liberals groups wanted to make it clear that they aren't backing off of their opposition to Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.

In my last post, I noted that reluctance by Democrats on Capitol Hill to launch a full-out onslaught on the Roberts nomination had dampened the enthusiasm of interests groups on the left. But two groups called or emailed to remind me that there will be two rallies, one in Washington and another New York, on Thursday to protest the nomination.

In Washington, a coalition of groups, will hold a rally at 1 p.m behind the Hart Office Building at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

The participating groups include: Feminist Majority, National Organization for Women, National Council of Jewish Women, Americans United for Separation of Church and State,, Rainbow PUSH/Coalition, People for the American Way, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Abortion Federation, Human Rights Campaign, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, National Council of Women's Organizations, League of United Latin American Citizens, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Association of Social Workers, Parents, Friends, & Family of Lesbians and Gays, ADA Watch/National Coalition for Disability Rights, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Legal Momentum.

And Lisa Oelfke, an organizer for the New York chapter of NOW, said a coalition of liberal and progressive groups will be holding a rally in Union Square Park in Manhattan at 5:30 p.m.

Oelke said she was "a little disappointed that we haven't taken a harder stance. But I'm hopeful that our voices will be heard. At least I want to be able to voice my opposition and send the message that we don't want to shift the court any further to the right."

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