Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator Feinstein's in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator to reject Trump's nomination of Eric Dreiband to lead the Justice Department's civil rights division. As the senator noted herself during this week's hearing, Mr. Dreiband has fought against many of the protections the civil rights division is meant to advance. His history of opposing rights for workers, Muslims, pregnant women, LGBTQ Americans, and others make him uniquely wrong for this position. It's up to the Senate, and specifically the Judiciary Committee, to fight back against the Trump administration's rollback of rights and protections for minorities in this country. Please ask the Senator to stand strong against Mr. Dreiband. Thank you!
On Wednesday the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is the ranking Democrat, heard testimony from Trump's nominee to head the Department of Justice's civil rights division, Eric Dreiband. In a manner that is becoming a cliche among Trump nominees, Dreiband has devoted his career to undermining the goals of the agency he has been selected to manage. The Congressional Black Caucus, while joining dozens of civil rights groups opposing his nomination, wrote in a letter to Feinstein and Judciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that choosing Dreiband “follows President Trump’s agenda of tapping the fox to guard the henhouse.”
In the context of Trump's response to Charlottesville, his pardoning of Sheriff Arpaio, the rescission of DACA protections and increased ICE activity nationwide, his attempted Muslim ban, his efforts to ban transgender Americans from the military, his launching of an "electoral integrity commission" hellbent on suppressing voting rights, and other actions, Dreiband's nomination is yet another clear signal that Americans' civil rights will remain under attack as long as he remains president.
Dreiband's record as an attorney, and as the top lawyer at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under George W. Bush, includes:
- Representing a corporation that discriminated against a Muslim woman who was rejected for a job because she wore a head scarf;
- Representing the University of North Carolina as it fought on behalf of SB2, that state's transgender "bathroom bill," against the Civil Rights Division's attempt to block it;
- Representing companies accused of age discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and improper employee severance;
- Testifying against the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which restored protections against pay discrimination stripped away by the Supreme Court;
- Supporting efforts to allow employers’ religious beliefs to override women’s right to insurance coverage of birth control;
- Criticizing "ban the box" measures and the EEOC's efforts to sue companies that inappropriately assessed the criminal histories of job applicants.