Will the Supreme Court be challenged?

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I agree with those who ask why the Supreme Court finds it so easy to find constitutional protections for corporations and yet so hard to enforce equal protection for same sex couples.”
~ U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, cosponsor of the
We the People Amendment

Dear Daniel,

Over the past 24 hours, the U.S. Supreme Court has been called everything from “timid” to “cowardly.” While the court appears to be questioning the constitutionality of the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, it also has signalled that it is “inclined to leave in place” dozens of state laws that deny equal marriage rights to same sex couples.

Remember, this is the same institution that ruled that Americans don’t have a constitutional right to vote (Bush v. Gore), thereby stopping the vote count in Florida and making George W. Bush President.

It’s the same court that has given the presidency unlimited power to wage war and to spy on and kill American citizens, nevermind noncombatant civilians.

It’s the same court that inserted corporations into the Constitution by giving them the rights of natural born people, thereby opening the floodgates to the wholesale purchase of elections and politicians in the U.S..

What a contrast. Striking down laws that deny equal protection is considered “too sweeping” by this court. But striking down laws that protect we the (real) people against corporate power? No problem.

It’s great to see that so many people have made personal statements by changing their Facebook photos to an equality sign. But we need to do more than post images and sign online petitions.

One thing you can do right now is to write a letter to the editor or a blog post. Point out that the Supreme Court is at best cautious when it comes to protecting the rights of the oppressed, the poor, the less powerful, and eager when it comes to protecting the powerful.

We think it essential that the Supreme Court – one of the most anti-democratic institutions of our federal government – is questioned. Challenged. Pushed. And resisted. And while there will be many more future times of necessity in which we must do all these things, right now is one such time. It’s a teachable moment. Please write and send your letter.

We here at Liberty Tree have been working to build a democracy movement for the U.S.A. for the past seven years and will continue to do so no matter what the Supreme Court decides in June. We will continues to stand side by side for equality and democracy and to oppose corporate rule.
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      Sarah, Adam, Dave & Ben
      Liberty Tree team

P.S. We’re finalizing the Democracy Convention website, and will be announcing the beginning of registration soon – stay tuned! For now, mark your calendars – August 7-11, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin.

P.O. Box 260217 | Madison, WI 53726-0217 US

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