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NEWSLETTER  |  June 29, 2018 

We aren’t naive

I’m writing this on Wednesday, July 27, hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he was retiring, god help us, but here’s a message from a time machine about how Supreme Court justices aren’t shit and never have been anyway:

“It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds. Those rights only come alive when citizens organize, protest, demonstrate, strike, boycott, rebel, and violate the law in order to uphold justice... The right of a woman to an abortion did not depend on the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. It was won before that decision, all over the country, by grassroots agitation that forced states to recognize the right. If the American people, who by a great majority favor that right, insist on it, act on it, no Supreme Court decision can take it away.”

— Howard Zinn

[emphasis ours, all day] We insist on it. We act on it.
(Howard Zinn, “Don't Despair about the Supreme Court” (2005), via @IBJIYONGI)

In other news: We just raised another $500 for the only reproductive healthcare fund in Mississippi, one of the states where abortion would become illegal if Roe fell. Add your money here and come to our conversation with Laurie Bertram, co-founder of the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund, on July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Verso Books.

We read

People in the streets did the work in Argentina, which has taken a historic step towards legalizing abortion. | “it’s a strange thing to spend years assuming the task of one’s life is developing intellectual nuance only to realize that in fact it’s moral clarity” | While national news outlets are just now waking up to the crisis of black maternal health in America, black doulas are talking scalability. | “It’s not a big mystery what would happen if abortion were suddenly illegal across large parts of the US. In many places, it already might as well be illegal.” | The Supreme Court has ruled that crisis pregnancy centers can lie to patients about the services they provide (or don’t provide) with impunity. | Companies discriminate against pregnant workers with impunity. | “Authority isn’t automatically legitimate, it’s demanded then normalized in a process of our passive consent.”

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