PDACNM Newsletter October 9, 2018 – Join us in hope and solidarity


How to Pack the Supreme Court
by Richard E. Rubenstein – Counterpunch
July 9, 2018

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/09/how-to-pack-the-supreme-court/

“In 1937, therefore, the Roosevelt administration introduced a bill giving the president the power to increase the number of Justices to a maximum of 15. Reflecting criticism of the “Nine Old Men” blocking the progressive agenda, the Reform Bill of 1937 authorized the President to nominate one new Justice for each sitting judge with at least ten years’ service on the Court who had not retired after reaching the age of 70 1/2. The maximum number of new Justices that could be nominated was six. The same legislation also gave Roosevelt the power to nominate additional jurists to lower federal courts, up to a limit of 50. Famously, however, the legislation, which opponents called the “court-packing bill,” was bottled up in a Senate committee and failed to pass.

There were two reasons for this. First, conservative Democrats joined Republicans to oppose Roosevelt’s “tinkering” with a sacrosanct institution. Second, and probably more important, the Justices began to approve New Deal measures that they had previously been inclined to invalidate. Even before introduction of the Reform Bill, Justice Owen Roberts, the key swing vote, began to join the liberals in deciding important cases, a change of heart that some wags called “the switch in time that saved Nine.” Roosevelt thus lost the battle but won the war.” (interesting the swing vote judge was named Roberts)

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ELECT PROGRESSIVES AROUND THE COUNTRY

In order to move progressive legislation forward, PDA supports candidates throughout the US who have vowed to support our core issues. Please go here to see the list of progressive candidates we are endorsing.  And very soon we expect to add a New Mexico candidate to this list so stay tuned!!

Volunteer and Donate to Newly-Endorsed Progressives:
CA-27 Judy Chu |  Click here to volunteer Click here to donate
CA-50 Ammar Campa-Najjar  Click here to volunteer | Click here to donate
IA-4 JD Sholten  Click here to volunteer Click here to donate
IL-4 Chuy Garcia  Click here to volunteer | Click here to donate
IN-9 Liz Watson |  Click here to volunteer | Click here to donate
KY-1 Paul Walker | Click here to volunteer | Click here to donate
NY-2 Liuba Grechen-Shirley | Click here to volunteer | Click here to donate
NY-14 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | Click here to volunteer | Click here to donate
NY-24 Dana Balter | Click here to volunteer | Click here to donate
TX-16 Veronica Escobar |  Click here to volunteer | Click here to donate
VA-9 Anthony Flaccavento |  Click here to volunteer |  Click here to donate 

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Untitled – A newsletter for Albuquerque’s Sanctuary volunteers – Issue #16 – September 22, 2018 Photo

Emma’s artwork for “Bridging Two Worlds” Emma created this poster artwork for “Telling My Story: Bridging Two Worlds,” to be presented in November by Two Worlds and Storytellers of New Mexico. Mark your calendars for this interactive storytelling/theater performance featuring all women of color: November 9th -11th at the Q-Staff Theatre in Albuquerque. There is more information at www.storytellersofnewmexico.com and in the next issue of UNTITLED.

Emma Membreño, 2018

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