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Four fun ways to learn about the Supreme Court

We are in the midst of midterm elections here in the United States.  This is the time where we educate ourselves about the choices we’re being asked to make.  My local and state ballot is full of subjects, some I understand and some I still need to study.  If you’re like me, you might also try to follow certain issues in other local elections, like Stacey Abrams’ run for Governor of Georgia.  I try to keep up by surfing the news where our attention is directed from issue to issue by news cycles and media outlets.

But issues come along that resonate enough for me to break from the news cycle and study a bit more.  The Supreme Court is one of those issues for me.  If you’re curious about it also, keep reading to learn about some great resources to help you see another perspective.

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Recycle a fairness standard for the Brett Kavanaugh hearings

Do not victimize any witness who appears here and …treat every witness with respect.  

– Senator Joseph Biden, Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee, 1991

Today begins Day 5 of Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Welcome to Sisters Testify

Did you sign the African American Women In Defense Of Ourselves open letter back in 1991?

I did.

And today I am launching Sisters Testify to to connect with other signatories.

What is the African American Women in Defense Of Ourselves proclamation?

It is an October 1991 statement by black women and their allies, responding to the Anita Hill hearings during Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court. It appeared in seven newspapers: The New York Times, the Atlanta Inquirer, the Chicago Defender, the City Sun (NYC), the D.C. Spotlight, the Los Angeles Sentinel and the San Francisco Sun Reporter.

Barbara Ransby, Deborah King, and Elsa Barkley Brown spearheaded the initiative.

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