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Houston NAACP: No Supreme Court Justice, No Peace

Protesters marched outside Sen. Ted Cruz’s Houston office Monday. Their chants of “No Justice, No Peace” took on an additional meaning this time.

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Protesters with the Houston NAACP march outside Sen. Ted Cruz’ district office on Travis Street.

Most of the about 20 protesters were with the Houston branch of the NAACP, which organized the rally. Also there were Harris County AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Richard Shaw and HISD board member Jolanda Jones.

They are taking issue with Cruz’ and other Senate Republicans’ refusal to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination for Supreme Court justice, Merrick Garland.

“We just want them to do their job and simply consider the guy,” Taft Foley, vice president of the Houston NAACP, said. “I mean, how arrogant is that for these guys to stand up and say that they will not even consider the person that Barack Obama has appointed.”  

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Protesters with the Houston NAACP march outside Sen. Ted Cruz’ district office on Travis Street.

Cruz’s fellow senator from Texas, John Cornyn, recently addressed Congress on this issue. He said it’s about giving the voters a chance to have a say in the nomination.

“And the only way to empower the American people and ensure they have that voice is for the next president to fill the nomination created by this vacancy,” Cornyn said.

Sen. Cruz made a similar argument in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed.

To that, Foley said the people had their say when they voted for Obama.

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters and the Houston Press Club. Florian is a native of Germany. His studies...

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