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Now Is Not The Time To Give Up

September 2020 in , , ,

By Jessie Ulibarri and Neha Patel, SiX Co-Executive Directors 

State Legislators,

The world is a tough place right now–from the lack of justice for Breonna Taylor to ongoing climate disasters to forced sterilization of immigrant women in detention facilities to the recession to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing to looming constitutional crises to the ongoing pandemic. We have struggled to write a note that adequately conveys the heartache, grief, fear, and pain this team and our communities are facing this week alone. We can’t find the perfect words because there are none.

Today, we’re writing about two crises: the ongoing battle for racial justice and the current effort to steal a Supreme Court seat.
 
First, we want to call attention to the uprisings in Kentucky and spotlight the hard work, bravery, and resilience of a fellow legislator: Representative Attica Scott. After Breonna Taylor’s murder, Rep. Scott – Kentucky’s only Black female legislator – stood with her community, called out the persistent state-sponsored violence against Black Kentuckians, and pre-filed Breonna’s Law. Her bill would ban no-knock warrants (like the one used to enter Breonna’s home), require a judge’s approval for violent entries, and require officers to wear body cameras while serving warrants. On Thursday night, police arrested Rep. Scott while she was protesting with her community against the decision not to indict the officers that killed Breonna. Her arrest is yet another demonstration of a justice system that devalues Black lives, Black leaders, and the fundamental right to protest. Today, we’re asking legislators across the country to stand with Rep. Scott and the fight for racial justice in Kentucky. Donate to the Louisville Community Bail Fund and share a message of support for Rep. Scott. 

In the words of Rep. Scott“You can’t stop the revolution, you can’t stop the movement for justice for Breonna Taylor.”

Honoring Justice Ginsburg; Fighting for Her Legacy
Justice Ginsburg was a fierce fighter for gender equality, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, abortion rights and health care for all. She magnified the Supreme Court’s importance for millions of Americans, and it would be an insult to her legacy for this president to select a justice who will assail our rights and undermine, upend, and unravel our democratic norms for generations. The Senate failed us by rubber-stamping Trump’s justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. They cannot fail again. 

Our rights are at risk. Our access to health care in the middle of a global pandemic is at risk. Access to voting in the midst of national and local elections is at risk. Our education. Our reproductive rights. Our economic security. Our housing. Our disability rights. Our ability to live freely and fully–it’s all at risk. 

The United States Senate must respect the will of the people by confirming a new Supreme Court Justice after Inauguration Day. 

–Jessie Ulibarri and Neha Patel, SiX Co-Executive Directors