Why We’re Glad Joe Biden Is Presidentarlington
Defending Democracy in Ukraine
In this moment, we’re so glad to have a president who actually opposes Vladimir Putin and has rallied worldwide punishment of his regime. He has not praised Putin as a man with “lots of gifts” who “knows how to use power.” He understands Putin’s challenge to democracy. What can we do? This war is hell for Ukrainian civilians. Refugees are on the move. Let’s help organizations like the International Rescue Committee, which is marshalling help for the people whose lives are being shattered by this cynical war. https://www.rescue.org/article/how-can-i-help-ukraine. Here are more: https://www.npr.org/2022/02/25/1082992947/ukraine-support-help. And let’s speak up here at home in favor of democracy and protection of the weak against the strong.
The Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court
On February 25, Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the next justice of the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson would be the first woman of color ever to serve on the court. It’s about time! But this isn’t just about historic firsts. Judge Jackson is almost universally respected as a fair judge with a commitment to equal justice. Won’t it be grand to have a justice who has been a public defender and seen with her own eyes what it means to be ground up by the wheels of justice? A justice who has the courage to protect the right of workers to organize against overweening corporations? A justice who is on the side of human rights, democracy, the rule of law? Yes, but it won’t happen automatically. What can we do? First off, let the Judiciary Committee know the joy we feel in this historic nomination. https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members. And let’s keep it up. Let our legislators know how important this is and that we won’t quit until the Senate proudly confirms Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.