For Immediate Release: March 29, 2016
Contact: Monica Biddix,, (515) 661-4586

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 at 9:45 AM: Iowans to Demonstrate at Closed-Door Grassley Event

Iowans will stand together and call for Senator Grassley to hold a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Merrick Garland   

Carroll, Iowa —  On Wednesday, March 30 at 9:45 AM (Central Time) the Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition and volunteers will hold a demonstration near St. Anthony Regional Hospital immediately prior to a private event held by Senator Grassley. The coalition learned of the event as a result of its ‘Where is Chuck’ hotline and confirmed via local sources.

Constituents across Iowa have criticized Grassley since his controversial stance to hold off the Supreme Court nomination hearing until next year. Iowans have flooded state and local newspaper outlets calling for Grassley to “Do Your Job” and hold a hearing. In response, Grassley has scaled back the number of public events being held in Iowa while the Senate is in recess. Iowans want to let Grassley know that they will not be ignored. They want the 35 year incumbent Senator to know that he cannot hide from his constituents or duck their scrutiny.

Last week, Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition established, a “Where’s Chuck?” Hotline for tips on Grassley’s whereabouts and private events. Iowans across the state called the hotline and sent emails not only with information but frustration and anger. Iowans reported unfriendly interaction with Grassley staff and difficulty reaching anyone at any of Grassley’s offices. Why Courts Matter Iowa is holding a public demonstration to stand up for every Iowan who is disappointed in Grassley and his obstruction.

WHO: Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition members and volunteers

WHAT:   Iowans demonstrating against Sen. Grassley’s Supreme Court obstruction  

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 30, 9:45 AM (Central Time)

WHERE: The public sidewalk at the corner of South Clark Street & Anthony Street
                  Near St. Anthony Regional Hospital; 311 S Clark St, Carroll, Iowa

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition is focused on ensuring that the federal judiciary is representative of America’s diverse population and ending the judicial vacancy crisis so that every American can have his or her day in court. Why Courts Matter Iowa is affiliated with the Why Courts Matter coalition, and is led by Iowa Citizen Action Network, Americans for Democratic Action Iowa, Progress Iowa, and One Iowa. For more information visit