Yeah, I got a court case going right now, and yeah, Monday and Tuesday is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. But my upbringing tells me that being a Jew means fighting for social justice and causes I believe in. And I believe – despite a Court controlled for too long by right wing forces – that the Supreme Court can be a force for good in the world. But it needs a full complement of justices to do that. So I think God (if she exists) will forgive me if I spend part of the day engaging in a little tikkun olam (look it up, it’s what a lot of us progressive eggheads do every day, cast in a more overtly religious bent).
For the first time in a generation, there is a chance for a more liberal Supreme Court. No wonder conservatives such as Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley have denied Merrick Garland (a fellow member of the tribe, no less) even the courtesy of a vote on his nomination to replace Antonin Scalia, who if there’s any justice in the world is now in a very hot place.
A group known as #WeNeedNine is using the occasion of the first Tuesday in October (the annual start of the Supreme Court term, as us legal nerds all know) to protest the fact that on that day, it will have been 202 days since Garland’s nomination that the Court has operated down a Justice. I’m gonna go, and if you can, you should too. Republicans should be made to pay for their latest affront to the customs and norms of constitutional government. You can register here, and details are below.
Date: TUESDAY, October 4, 2016
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Location: Supreme Court of the United States, 1 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543
#WeNeedNine is organizing an action on the first day of the Supreme Court term, Tuesday, October 4. The start of the Supreme Court term marks the 202nd day of historic Senate inaction on President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland. We need 202 people to join us outside the Supreme Court to make visible the 202 days of inaction. On Tuesday, October 4th from 8:30 -10 am let’s tell the Senate enough is enough and their unprecedented obstruction is breaking our judicial system.
The start of the term marks the first time a Supreme Court nomination has spanned two different terms, leaving hundreds of millions of Americans in limbo and critical issues of our time unresolved. This is due to Sen. McConnell and Sen. Grassley’s unprecedented obstruction of President Obama’s nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, who will have been waiting over 200 days for Senate Republicans to do their job and act. Everyday for the past 200 days, the #WeNeedNine campaign has stood outside the Supreme Court counting the number of days that the Senate refused to do its job.
On October 4, the 202nd day of inaction, we need 202 people to join us. We will each hold a sign marking each day that has passed with historic Senate inaction on the President’s nomination.
Can you join us at to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 4th from 8:30 am – 10 am? Join the call: #WeNeedNine!