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In this Aug. 7, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. Kavanaugh has expressed concern about federal agencies running amok. But his view that they should adhere strictly to laws passed by Congress worries liberals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A progressive North Carolina public policy organization will join a dozen local and national organizations today in Greenville for the second of a five-town Town Hall tour to discuss opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

The “#SaveSCOTUS Town Hall” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. today at the C.M. Eppes Recreation Center at 400 Nash Street near the corner of West Fifth Street in Greenville, according to a news release from Progress NC, a nonprofit organization that advances and advocates for progressive public policies in North Carolina aimed at community quality-of-life issues.

The meeting will focus on opposition to Brett Kavanaugh as Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, who faces a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court ever further to the right, according to Associated Press reports .

Presented as a solidly conservative, politically connected judge and a favorite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law clerk for Kennedy. Like Trump’s first nominee last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare, according to the AP report.

“It’s essential that we plan now,” said Jen Ferris, director of reproductive advocacy for Progress NC. “Every single North Carolinian is under direct threat of losing their access to healthcare once the Supreme Court becomes solidly conservative.”

The organization will join several others at the meeting, including representatives of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Atlantic, Equality NC, NARAL NC, NC AIDS Action Network, NC NOW, State Innovation Exchange (SiX), Working America, Action NC, the N.C. Council of Churches, and other organizations, elected officials and local residents for the open discussion session, said Progress NC spokesman Gerrick Brenner.

Local elected officials have been invited to join a conversation with Greenville residents, reproductive rights experts, and patients, Brenner said.