Our democracy must advance fairness, justice, and equality. At its best, the Supreme Court has defended these ideals, but we can no longer ignore that it has become too political and too powerful.
An unaccountable, unethical majority on the Supreme Court is behaving as if the rules don’t apply to them. We’ve seen a barrage of ethics scandals, from the rising influence of special interest donors to justices ignoring clear conflicts of interest and ruling in cases even when their spouses stand to directly benefit.
Partisan justices are basing their decisions on politics and not the law. They have stripped women of the right to make the most important decisions of their lives. They are granting guns more rights than our kids, ripping voting rights to shreds, and ruling in lockstep with the rich and powerful.
It’s time for checks and balances to restore our democracy. Our Constitution gives Congress the ability to check the Supreme Court’s power, including by passing a law to change its size. Adding more justices would not only restore balance to the Supreme Court, it also would restore balance between our three branches of government.
Fairness, not partisanship, must dictate what’s right, but this Court is taking advantage of a stacked deck to unleash deeply unpopular, illegitimate rulings opposed by the American majority. If we let the status quo stand, our kids will have fewer and fewer rights than we did.
It’s time for a national conversation about adding justices so the Court can once again advance justice and equality. If that means expanding the Supreme Court, so be it.
On the Move
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee held a news conference calling for major reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court amid rising concerns about ethics scandals and partisan rulings at the Court. Jackson Lee was joined by civil rights advocates Martin Luther King III, Rashad Robinson, Wanda Mosley, and Shellie Hayes-McMahon.
The press conference also featured a bus from the Black Voters Matter campaign.
Rep. Katie Porter held a news conference in Irvine calling for major reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court amid rising concerns about ethics scandals and partisan rulings at the Court.
Porter was joined by Survivors Empowered co-founders Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, Senior Corporate Counsel of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties Natalie Colvin, Co-Chair of Indivisible Media City Burbank Patti Crane, and Sophia Carrillo of the American Constitution Society Los Angeles Lawyer Chapter.
Rep. Adam Schiff held a news conference calling for major reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court amid rising concerns about ethics scandals and partisan rulings at the Court.
Schiff was joined by Co-Founders of Survivors Empowered Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Celinda M. Vázquez, State Democracy Policy Director of League of Conservation Voters Amanda Gnaedinger, Co-chair of Indivisible Media City Burbank Marty Perlmutter, and Sophia Carrillo of the American Constitution Society Los Angeles Lawyer Chapter.
Rep. Barbara Lee held a news conference on Sunday calling for major reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court amid rising concern about ethics scandals and partisan rulings at the Court. Lee was joined by Berkeley City Councilmember Rigel Robinson and representatives from Planned Parenthood, California Environmental Voters, Indivisible East Bay, and Youth ALIVE!.
California state and local lawmakers hold a press conference calling for reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court, including expansion, as concern rises about Supreme Court ethics problems and partisan rulings that could threaten state and local laws.
Legislators are joined by CEO & President of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Jodi Hicks, following news over the weekend that the national organization Planned Parenthood endorsed Supreme Court expansion.
Rep. Cori Bush joins reproductive rights advocates to call for major reforms to the Supreme Court, including expansion, amid mounting concern about ethics scandals and partisan rulings at the Court.
Bush is also joined by Pro-Choice Missouri Executive Director Mallory Schwarz and reproductive rights advocates Brittany Cunningham and Alencia Johnson.
Sen. Tina Smith is joined former Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards, Pro-Choice Minnesota Executive Director Maggie Meyer, and reproductive rights advocate Alencia Johnson to call for major judicial reforms, including Supreme Court expansion.
The speakers discuss the need for major reforms to the judiciary, including Supreme Court expansion and ethics reform. Smith is one of three active supporters of expansion in the Senate. Speakers discuss the need to reform the Supreme Court in particular to safeguard health care and reproductive rights.
Rep. Delia Ramirez is joined by state lawmakers and gun violence prevention advocates for a press conference about the danger the Supreme Court poses to common sense gun violence prevention measures. Speakers will call for major reforms to the Court, including expansion and ethics reform.
The press conference comes amid news the Supreme Court has been asked to block Illinois’ assault weapons ban, a ban that has already been put on hold by a federal judge in the state.
State Rep. Bob Morgan, leading advocates in the state legislature for gun violence prevention, and issue advocates join Rep. Ramirez in giving remarks at today’s event.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib joins reproductive rights advocates including former Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards for a press conference calling for major reforms to the judiciary amid growing concern about ethics scandals engulfing the court.
Tlaib and Richards are joined by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan Executive Director Nicole Wells Stallworth, reproductive rights advocate Karen Finney, and former Biden Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States Commissioner Caroline Fredrickson.
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Rep. Jamaal Bowman is joined by former Rep. Mondaire Jones and gun violence prevention advocates for a press conference about the need for Supreme Court reform as part of a nationwide tour highlighting extreme partisan rulings and ethical lapses by the Court.
Bowman and Jones are joined by Community Justice Action Fund Executive Director Greg Jackson, Orange Ribbons for Jaime Founder Fred Guttenberg, and Northwell Health Center for Gun Violence Prevention Director Chethan Sathya.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman joins legal experts and issue advocates including former Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards for a news conference highlighting corruption and partisan rulings at the Supreme Court and calling for reform.
The event comes amid news about Justice Clarence Thomas taking gifts from a Republican mega donor and Justice Neil Gorsuch’s financial transactions with a Supreme Court litigator.
Watson Coleman and Richards are joined by Dēmos President Taifa Smith Butler and former Biden Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States Commissioner Caroline Fredrickson.
Vermont elected officials led by Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman endorses reforms to the United States Supreme Court, including court expansion, as part of a new national Supreme Court accountability campaign.
The announcement comes amid growing concern about Supreme Court ethics scandals, including Justice Clarence Thomas’ undisclosed ties to a Republican megadonor, and partisan rulings on issues including abortion rights and voting rights. The court’s increasingly partisan jurisprudence has raised concerns about it interfering with federal and state laws aimed at policy priorities like climate change mitigation and gun violence prevention.
Lt. Gov. Zuckerman will be joined by state Sens. Anne Watson, Tanya Vyhovsky, Martine Gulick and Reps. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Taylor Small, Troy Headrick and Kate Logan.
Gun violence prevention advocates and survivors will headline a press conference about Supreme Court reform in Newtown, Connecticut, as part of a nationwide bus tour highlighting extreme partisan rulings and ethical lapses by the Court to make the case for major judicial reforms.
The event is the second stop of the bus tour, which is part of a new Supreme Court accountability campaign launched following new ethics scandals swirling around Justice Clarence Thomas and extreme rulings, including rulings striking down gun violence prevention measures. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Bruen case, courts have struck down a series of gun violence prevention measures across the country, including restrictions on gun ownership for people under domestic violence restraining orders.
At the press conference, Newtown Action Alliance Chairwoman Po Murray and Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence Executive Director Abbey Clements will be joined by three high school seniors and Sandy Hook School tragedy survivors: Cyrena Arokium, Nicole Melchionno, and Ashley Hubner.
Sens. Markey and Warren and Rep. Pressley kick off the Just Majority Supreme Court accountability campaign with a press conference about the need for major Supreme Court reforms, including expansion.
This is the first press conference in a series of 20+ events across the country to highlight partisan rulings and ethics scandals at the Supreme Court.
The lawmakers are joined by: Biden Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States Commissioner Caroline Fredrickson, March For Our Lives Board Secretary David Hogg, GLAD Executive Director Janson Wu, and reproductive rights advocate Alencia Johnson.
Planned Parenthood wants to pack the court
Planned Parenthood has officially joined the growing chorus of liberal politicians and advocates calling for adding seats to the GOP-dominated Supreme Court, the first time that the organization has done so.
Gun Reform Groups Want to Expand the Supreme Court
A year after the Supreme Court upended the legal status quo on gun regulation with its landmark Bruen decision, more than a dozen gun violence prevention groups and advocates have signed on to an effort to reform the nation’s highest court.
Progressives Organize Fresh Nationwide Push for Changes at the Supreme Court
The drive by more than 30 organizations, some new to the effort, comes as ethics questions have engulfed Justice Clarence Thomas.
Rep. Barbara Lee Adds to Growing Progressive Drumbeat to Expand the Supreme Court
The speakers at Sunday’s event [in Oakland, CA] called for immediate change, citing recent Supreme Court decisions, reports questioning the ethics of justices and their spouses, and diminishing public confidence in the high court. “The only way to restore balance, integrity and independence is by adding seats,” Lee said.
Rep. Cori Bush joins progressive activists in call to expand U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Rep. Cori Bush said the nation’s high court is a “cesspool of corruption and misconduct” that faces a crisis of confidence with the American people.
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s how this MN Sen. thinks we can expand the Supreme Court
Sen. Tina Smith, the third Senator to call for expansion of the Supreme Court, said at the press conference, “The Supreme Court has become too powerful and too political, doing the work of extreme right wing conservatives, anti-choice advocates, and corporate interests.”