15 reasons Kenneth L. Marcus should be confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights

15 reasons Kenneth L. Marcus should be confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights

(Action Alert Below)

Kenneth L. Marcus

The Senate’s confirmation hearings have concluded regarding the confirmation of Kenneth L. Marcus, President Trump’s nominee for the position of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.

Many anti-Israel groups are bombarding the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee with smears against the Marcus confirmation. Among those opposed to Marcus’ confirmation are the typical anti-Israel zealots: the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, an organization that accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing; Mondoweiss, among the most anti-Israel websites in existence; and Jewish Voice for Peace, a rabidly anti-Israel organization.

It is imperative that pro-Israel supporters take action immediately by contacting the individual senators on the HELP Committee (information below).

The 15 reasons that Kenneth L. Marcus should be confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights:

  1. Marcus founded the globally renowned Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a preeminent civil rights advocacy, research, and educational institution.
  2. Marcus has served as Staff Director at the United States Commission on Civil Rights and was delegated the authority of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights and Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
  3. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by Jeff Robbin, a lawyer who served as a U.S. delegate to the U.N. Human Rights Commission in the Clinton administration.
  4. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by Mark Yudof, emeritus professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley (and the leader of an academic anti-BDS organization), who said that Marcus is “is dedicated to non-discrimination and equal treatment of all students, including Jewish and Palestinian students. He strives for a campus climate that is respectful and free of intimidation.”
  5. Marcus understands—more than most—the history and anti-Semitism behind the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement against Israel.
  6. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and general counsel, Steven C. Sheinberg, who said that Marcus is “an absolutely stellar choice.”
  7. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by Richard L. Cravatts, PhD, President Emeritus of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.
  8. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by the Zionist Organization of America.
  9. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by the National Council of Young Israel.
  10. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by Christians United for Israel.
  11. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.
  12. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by B’nai B’rith.
  13. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by the American Jewish Committee.
  14. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by the World Jewish Congress in North America.
  15. Marcus’ confirmation is supported by The Israel Group.

Action Alert

We urge you to call or write today the Senators on the HELP Committee and to articulately and professionally relay your strong support for the confirmation of Kenneth L. Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights. Express that this is not a partisan or religious confirmation and that Dr. Marcus should immediately be confirmed as the new Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.

Following is the contact information for the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions:

Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman (R- TN)
202-224-4944
EMAIL

Senator Michael B. Enzi (R- WY)
202-224-3424
EMAIL

Senator Richard Burr (R -NC)
202-224-3154
EMAIL

Senator Johnny Isakson (R -GA)
202-224-3643
EMAIL

Senator Rand Paul (R- KY)
202-224-4343
EMAIL

Senator Susan Collins (R- ME)
202-224-2523
EMAIL

Senator Bill Cassidy M.D. (R- LA)
202-224-5824
EMAIL

Senator Todd Young (R- IN)
202-224-5623
EMAIL

Senator Orrin Hatch (R- UT)
202-224-5251
EMAIL

Senator Pat Roberts (R -KS)
202-224-4774
EMAIL

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R- AK)
202-224-6665
EMAIL

Senator Tim Scott (R- SC)
202-224-6121
EMAIL

Senator Patty Murray, Ranking Member (D -WA)
202-224-2621
EMAIL

Bernie Sanders (D -VT)
202-224-5141
EMAIL

Senator Robert P. Casey, JR (D- PA)
202-224-6324
EMAIL

Senator Al Franken (D- MN)
202-224-5641
EMAIL

Senator Michael F. Bennet (D- CO)
202-224-5852
EMAIL

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI)
202-224-2921
EMAIL

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D- WI)
202-224-5653
EMAIL

Senator Christopher S. Murphy (D- CT)
202-224-4041.
EMAIL

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D- MA)
202-224-4543
EMAIL

Senator Tim Kaine (D- VA)
202-224-4024
EMAIL

Senator Maggie Hassan (D- NH)
202-224-3324
EMAIL