by Paul West – “Thomas E. Perez, Obama’s pick for the Cabinet post, has been criticized by conservatives, but the two-hour hearing before the Senate labor panel was more perfunctory than contentious.”
A coalition of 82 national organizations representing the broad diversity of our country recently called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Tom Perez to be Labor Secretary.
In their joint letter to the Senate, the groups point to Perez’s leadership of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice as a key factor in their endorsement, stating that “Mr. Perez helped build consensus with stakeholders to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society….He has also been a tireless champion of voting rights, disability rights, equal educational equity, and has prosecuted some of the most heinous hate crimes in recent memory. ”
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Broad Coalition Launches www.ConfirmPerez.org to Support Nominee for Secretary of Labor
Washington – – On the day before the Senate confirmation hearing of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez to be the next Secretary of Labor, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is launching an online hub for information about the nominee and the broad coalition that supports his nomination.
www.ConfirmPerez.org will collect information from a growing bipartisan coalition of advocates for people with disabilities, businesses, Latino organizations, universities, civil rights groups, law enforcement officials, and more who share the view that Tom Perez should be swiftly confirmed by the Senate.
What ties these disparate groups together is their shared experience with Perez, who previously served as Maryland’s Labor Secretary, as an official in the Department of Health and Human Services, as a senior aide to the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and as an elected official in Montgomery County, Maryland. They all share a common experience of Perez as a pragmatic, effective public servant and a consensus builder for better government.
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said, “Tom Perez’s outstanding career in public service makes him eminently qualified to take on the responsibility of ensuring the well-being of our nation’s workforce. www.ConfirmPerez.org will show how an emerging bipartisan, broadbased coalition is coming together to call on the Senate to swiftly confirm him to be our next Secretary of Labor.”
“For a party that is trying to overcome racially insensitive comments and engage the Hispanic community, I would suggest not smearing a highly qualified Latino cabinet nominee. While Republicans are blocking a skilled public servant only for their own partisan purposes, real problems concerning the rights of our workforce and the quality of life for our working families are still awaiting solutions.”
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15)
Over 50 organizations representing people with varying disabilities have launched a coalition to support Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez’s confirmation to be Secretary of Labor.
in their own words, the disability groups have become among the most active supporters of a Perez confirmation because “in the twenty three years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a top priority of the disability rights movement has been making sure that the law is properly enforced. In that time, few have played a greater role in advancing that cause than Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez. During his time leading the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Mr. Perez has earned his reputation as an extraordinary champion of people with disabilities by enforcing the law to ensure that every American has an equal opportunity to succeed.”
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Among the broad swatch of the country lining up behind Perez’s
As per the letter, during his tenure as Maryland’s Labor Secretary, “Mr. Perez proved himself to be a pragmatic public official who was willing to bring differing voices together.”
Today, the NAACP endorsed Tom Perez’s confirmation to be Secretary of Labor. After commending Tom’s work on civil rights enforcement, the organization went on to say “we have every confidence that Mr. Perez will do an outstanding job in protecting the rights of American workers which establishing internal reforms which will serve the Department of Labor, and the American people, well for decades in the future.”