Al Sharpton's NAN will stage hunger strike until Loretta Lynch is confirmed
The National Action Network, founded by Reverend Al Sharpton, along with female civil rights leaders are staging a hunger strike until Loretta Lynch’s confirmation is pushed through.
The news comes after Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said that the Senate would be focusing first on legislation concerning Iran before it turned to a sex trafficking bill that Republicans have long tied up with Lynch’s confirmation process. The sex trafficking bill has nothing to do with Lynch, but Republicans say they will not bring up the confirmation for a vote until it is passed.
“Iran is a special case, so I’m not suggesting we hold up Iran for this,” Cornyn told reporters. “But I am suggesting we come back to it after Iran, particularly if [Democrats] want to release Eric Holder so they can let him make a lot of money in the private sector.”
Several activists, fed up with the continued delays since Lynch was nominated five months ago, are taking action.
“As long as the Senate refuses to take fifteen minutes to confirm someone for Attorney General that they have already confirmed twice for U.S. Attorney,” National Action Network and its allies “will do everything in our power to draw attention to this completely unfair and unnecessary delay to vote to confirm Loretta Lynch,” Sharpton said Wednesday.
In addition to alternating days of food deprivation, activists will also blitz Senate offices with calls, letters, editorials and op-eds as part of an all-out effort to publicly pressure Republicans into moving forward on this matter.