Lansing, Michigan - June 28th, 2018 Statement on Justice Kennedy's retirement and the future of SCOTUS
The ugly attacks on our democracy began when Senate Republicans refused to allow former President Barack Obama to appoint a justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. We knew that this would mean the appointment would be left to the next administration. While that reality upset and scared us, it was something we had come to accept, but our larger fear has just come true. Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that next month he will be retiring. This means that President Trump will get to appoint yet another nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, solidifying Republican control of our highest court.
In the past week, we have seen our highest court uphold the Muslim Travel Ban in a 5-4 decision. A country of immigrants is now shutting down its borders to anyone who is different than them. Under the Trump administration, xenophobia has run rampant across our country, but to see this decision upheld by our highest court should strike fear into the heart of every American.
Just today, our courts ruled in the case of Janus vs ASFCME, with the outcome weakening unions for decades to come. It will reduce their ability to collective bargain, and their ability to participate in the political process.
These two cases not only make us weary as Democrats, but more importantly, they make us fear for the safety of the democracy that we have grown up in. Issues such as LGBTQ rights, abortion access, and civil rights that we have fought long and hard will come under attack, and we need to prepare ourselves for a shift in politics that will affect us for generations to come.
However, we must do our jobs and make sure that we are constantly engaging in the democratic process. That means calling our representatives and demanding they represent the needs of our communities, organizing around issues that affect the most vulnerable among us, speaking up when we see injustices happen, and making sure that we vote! The August 7th primary and the November 6th general elections have never been more important. We need to make sure that we have Democratic representatives from the State House to the Governor's mansion, and every office in between. Only then can we finally begin to put a stop to the Trump administration.
The MFCD Executive Board