Advocates for Courts to Deliver 92 Empty Chairs to Des Moines Office of Senator Grassley

why courts matter iowaDES MOINES – On Tuesday, October 4, Why Courts Matter Iowa advocates will deliver 92 empty chairs to the office of Senator Chuck Grassley, symbolizing the seats on the federal courts left vacant by Republican obstructionism of the President’s judicial nominees. The event is taking place on the first day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term as part of a nationwide Day of Action to call attention to the dozens of unfilled vacancies on the federal courts. Why Courts Matter Iowa advocates will be delivering empty chairs at the same time that advocates in other states are delivering empty chairs to the offices of their U.S. Senators, demanding that the Senators do their jobs and move forward on the nominations that partisan Republicans in the Senate have blocked.


While local advocates are taking action, hundreds of activists at the US Supreme Court will also be demonstrating to highlight the unconscionable delay on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.


WHAT:      Why Courts Matters Empty Chair Delivery Symbolizing Court Vacancies


WHEN:      Tuesday, 12:00 Noon


WHERE: Senator Grassley’s Des Moines Office, 210 Walnut St.


For more info, contact Pat Rynard, 515-868-5665


Around the country:


In Washington, DC:  Hundreds of advocates will rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court at 8:30 AM EDT, to demand action on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Court. For more information, contact Laurie Kinney at Alliance for Justice,, 202-464-7367, Anisha Singh at Center for American Progress,,202-481-8247, or Emma Shapiro at #WeNeedNine,


In the states: Chair deliveries will also take place in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Texas.

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