GLAA Action Alert: Urge 'Yes' vote on Nickles disapproval 11/18
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GLAA Action Alert: Urge 'Yes' vote on Nickles disapproval 11/18

Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC
P.O. Box 75265, Washington, DC 20013

From:Rick Rosendall for Barrett L. Brick
Sent:Monday, November 17, 2008 4:29 PM
To:GLAA Members
Subject:Action Alert: Urge 'Yes' vote on Nickles disapproval Tues. 11/18


This morning, Monday, November 17, by a vote of 3-2, the D.C. Council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary voted to adopt PR 17-928, the Attorney General Peter J. Nickles Confirmation Disapproval Resolution of 2008. In doing so, the Committee has supported GLAA in the concerns we have raised over the nomination of Mr. Nickles.

The full Council will vote on the resolution of disapproval tomorrow, Tuesday, November 18. Please quickly contact your ward councilmember, the four at-large councilmembers, and Council Chairman Gray, urging them to vote in favor of PR 17-928 to disapprove Mr. Nickles’ nomination as Attorney General. Some suggested language is at the bottom of this message, followed by contact information for councilmembers.

But first, some background and links to relevant materials:

GLAA’s concerns with Mr. Nickles have been threefold:

  1. his office’s efforts to weaken the rules enforcing transgender protections under the D.C. Human Rights Act (DCHRA);
  2. his office’s opposition to Bill 17-727, the Domestic Partnership Judicial Determination of Parentage Act of 2008; and
  3. his failure to consult our community on legal protections for GLBT people and their families, instead consulting those who would demonize and disenfranchise us (the Bush Administration) while being shielded from the wrath of District voters.

While we appreciate the fact that Mr. Nickles and his staff have very recently begun to meet with us to discuss our concerns, many of the problems could have long been alleviated had Mr. Nickles met with us from the outset, and not after our testimony raised these issues publicly. Even so, serious concerns remain over Mr. Nickles’ independence.

GLAA’s detailed testimony, delivered before the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary on October 17, can be found on our website at

The Judiciary Committee’s Report supporting the resolution of disapproval, which cites GLAA’s testimony and that of our allies, can be found at

Also, our compilation of councilmembers’ answers on Dept. of Corrections discrimination against transgender detainees can be found at

Thanks for your involvement.

Barrett L. Brick
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C.

Dear Councilmember:

I urge you to vote to approve PR 17-928, the Attorney General Peter J. Nickles Confirmation Disapproval Resolution of 2008. As demonstrated by the Report of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary regarding PR 17-928, Mr. Nickles, while an able lawyer, has shown that he lacks the judgment and the necessary independence to carry out the duties of Attorney General properly, as an officer whose sole client should be the government of the District of Columbia as a whole. In addition, given the history of the Office of the Attorney General’s disregard for the rights of GLBT people, the Attorney General and his staff need to demonstrate a greater respect for all of the people they are sworn to serve, such as by consulting knowledgeable community advocates and treating our concerns seriously, and, in particular, drafting rulemakings that are truly designed to implement the underlying laws rather than rewrite them.

Thank you very much.

Councilmembers contact information:

Chairman  Vincent C. Gray (AT LARGE)

Councilmember Carol Schwartz (AT LARGE)

Councilmember David A. Catania (AT LARGE)

Councilmember Phil Mendelson (AT LARGE)

Councilmember Kwame R. Brown (AT LARGE)

Councilmember Jim Graham (WARD 1)

Chairman Pro Tempore Jack Evans (WARD 2)

Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (WARD 3)

Councilmember Muriel Bowser (WARD 4)

Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. (WARD 5)

Councilmember Tommy Wells (WARD 6)

Councilmember Yvette Alexander (WARD 7)

Councilmember Marion Barry (WARD 8)