For Immediate Release

September 26, 2020

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Just Democracy Sends Clear Message to Trump and McConnell: We Will Expand The Courts and Fight for Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late and honorable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Trump and McConnell have spent four years confirming unqualified, extreme right-wing judges to lifetime appointments — this pick is just their most recent assault on the rights of Black and Brown people.

In response to this blatant power grab, Just Democracy, a new grassroots coalition of over thirty racial and social justice groups fighting for bold democracy reform, calls for expanding the courts. We will not make court reform conditional on whether McConnell succeeds in filling Justice Ginsburg’s vacancy. Regardless of whether he rams through Barrett’s nomination, this moment shows that the Supreme Court is broken and we need to rebalance it with additional seats to ensure the rights of Black and Brown people are represented.

Stephany Spaulding, Founder of Truth and Conciliation and member of the Just Democracy coalition, released the following statement in response to this evening’s nomination:

“There’s only one group of political elites trying to pack the courts, and that’s Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and their allies. The Trump administration has appointed more conservatives to the judiciary than nearly any other president in history. Barrett is just the latest.

It’s time to rebalance the courts after decades of conservatives appointing judges who strip protections from people of color, and codify discrimination and inequality. We will fight to expand and diversify the Supreme Court to secure our rights and rebuild our democracy from its foundations. Every issue we care about is at stake with this nomination — police violence, gun violence, reproductive rights, climate change and democracy itself. Just Democracy will use our collective power to fight this nomination and reform the courts so that our rights will never again be up for debate.”

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