Ex-Attorney General of the US, Sally Yates, has been nominated for the prestigious JFK Profile in Courage award. The award has been given out each year since 1990, and “recognises public officials at the federal, state, or local level whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of Profiles in Courage”.
The award celebrates officials “who do what is right, rather than what is expedient”.
Donald Trump fired Sally Yates because she had refused to defend his immigration ban. She also told Justice Department lawyers not to support the ban as she was not convinced that the ‘order is lawful’.
The response from around the country has been overwhelming, with Twitter coming out in support of the former Attorney General.
On Tuesday afternoon, Rep Jackie Speier tweeted that she had nominated Yates for the JFK award. Speier represents California’s 14th Congressional District.
Women have been vehemently speaking out against Trump’s policies. A few days ago, Senator Elizabeth Warren joined protesters at the Logan Airport in Boston to speak out against Trump’s immigration ban. The women’s march had one of the highest turnouts for any political rally, and women from not just America, but from all over the world protested.
Even world leaders like Angela Merkel and Theresa May have spoken against the ban.
Nominations for the award are accepted throughout the year and close in mid- February. The award is presented at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Kennedy’s birthday on May 29.
Citizens can also nominate whomsoever they want online.