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High theater in Washington

This week’s Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson have offered a window into our broken judicial nominations process. I’m no stranger to it, having worked from 2005-2008 for the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy in Washington.

15 years ago, we prepared a pipeline of potential appointees for the next Democratic president. After President Obama took office, it was frustrating to see him nominate only one of them—Goodwin Lui, who went on to serve on the California Supreme Court—before abandoning his nomination when it proved controversial in the Senate.

From that point forward, Obama nominated mostly government prosecutors and corporate lawyers. His administration was careful to diversify their ranks, but they came largely from the same professional backgrounds as the GOP nominees who today dominate the bench.

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That pattern is much of why I’m so excited about Judge Jackson’s nomination, and eager to see it confirmed by the Senate.

The most common pathway to the federal bench is serving as a prosecutor. It’s ironic, bizarre—and frankly a constitutional problem, because it subverts the independence of the judiciary. Alexander Hamilton described judicial independence in the Federalist Papers No. 78 as a crux on which liberty rests.

The problem of former prosecutors serving as judges, and subverting judicial independence by sitting in judgment over their former colleagues, is especially acute at the U.S. Supreme Court. That’s why Judge Jackson, if she is confirmed and sworn in as Justice Jackson, could play such a tremendous role.

If confirmed, Judge Jackson would be not only the Supreme Court’s first Black woman, but also its first public defender. Each of those dimensions of her representation—demographic, and professional—render her poised to make a contribution to an institution that frankly needs her voice.

A Justice Jackson would be the Court’s first public defender, the only one on a panel that remains dominated by former Justice Department lawyers. Her addition to the bench would help introduce a crucial—and notably absent—perspective of someone who has battled the leviathan of mass incarceration. There has been no balance on the Court for decades. I wrote about that problem in 2009 in a 4-part series published on Huffington Post.

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It’s no surprise to see GOP Senators come out of the woodwork to oppose Judge Jackson’s nomination, even though the depths to which they were willing to sink may have been surprising—even for them!

For instance, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) disingenuously accused Judge Jackson of being soft on people convicted of child pornography. His attacks were so baseless that even conservative National Review columnist Andrew McCarthy was moved to write that Hawley’s “allegation appears meritless to the point of demagoguery.”

I’ve faced my own share of demagoguery, though sadly more from Democrats than the GOP. Can you join us today to help us fight back against continuing attacks from across the political spectrum ultimately serving the same corporate establishment?

We’re glad to see voices from across the political spectrum rallying around Judge Jackson’s nomination. She not only deserves Senate confirmation, but the Court frankly needs her to help address its own crumbling legitimacy.

With your support, I hope to work across the street from Justice Jackson in Washington. Thanks for helping me get there!

Your voice,

Shahid


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Endorsement alert!

It’s always exciting to welcome new allies to our campaign, and I’m especially excited to introduce one of them to you. Our most recent endorsement is from Eric Curry, who—like me—ran to replace Pelosi as San Francisco’s voice in the House.

We’ve collaborated on several projects over the past year, from direct action promoting universal healthcare to joint statements calling out institutional racism. I’m grateful for his recent announcement endorsing our campaign.

Can you join us in supporting our campaign to finally end the Pelosi dynasty? We’re building an expanding coalition and invite you to help us expand it!

Eric Curry is a grassroots activist, direct action organizer, small business owner, and native San Franciscan. As a man of color challenging the city’s power establishment and Democratic Party machine by mobilizing grassroots support, he reminded me a lot of myself. That was true even before we met, and eventually took action alongside each other from the East Bay to the streets outside Nancy Pelosi’s house.

I’m deeply grateful for Eric’s support.

I’m equally outraged to observe the dynamics that drove him from the race. They include some of the same headwinds that emerged to blunt our campaign’s momentum in 2020, after we—with your support—had forced Pelosi to shift on half a dozen policies.

Eric is a mixed-raced gay man who grew up in San Francisco. After announcing his campaign challenging Pelosi, he confronted bias, ad hominem attacks, and the smug self-assurance of “progressive” values from the leaders of some of the very same “grassroots” groups in San Francisco that orchestrated a racist character assassination in 2020 to insulate Pelosi from our challenge.

Can you stand with us against the bias and demagoguery of the smugly self-assured local establishment?

In a previous era, northern support for civil rights activists in the South proved crucial to expose local corruption. Today, multiple candidates of color in San Francisco have called out a pattern that persists only because the local establishment refuses to acknowledge it.

The latest public revelations about the plot targeting our campaign & San Francisco voters in 2020 include the documentation of payments from a former tech executive (who now leads a public relations firm) to local media outlets. They unethically published his fabrications not only without investigating—but also without disclosing their own conflicts of interest, let alone those of their self-serving sources.

Those revelations came on the heels of whistleblower Gloria Berry's 2021 exposé reaching a wider audience than ever through the SF Gate's long overdue reference to it. More previously unreported facts revealing the corruption and depravity of the Democratic Party’s use of racist character assassination as an election strategy remain forthcoming. They ultimately make the false, politically motivated, racist accusations weaponized to insulate Pelosi pale by comparison.

Eric said to me that he didn’t think he could take it if he was forced to endure what I did in 2020.

Hearing that redoubled my resolve, even as it broke my heart.

I’ve often thought of my persistence—despite the attacks on my name and character—as necessary to defend the integrity of the electoral process. I particularly wonder what lessons other candidates of color are poised to learn from watching my experience at the hands of San Francisco’s white “progressive” establishment.

It was jarring to discover how prescient my concerns were.

Having come to realize the depth of Eric’s commitment to the issues, watching a fellow candidate of color feel driven out of the election by the corruption of local groups felt downright painful—not unlike the trauma from being publicly subjected to their smears in 2020.

People who have suffered in retaliation for standing up for the truth share a common bond. It’s one reason why I have always had such deep respect for whistleblowers, from those who expose federal government corruption like Edward Snowden, to their local counterparts who expose local partisan corruption like Gloria Berry.

It’s another reason why I’m still here: I recognize that fire can help forge stronger steel. Having been battle-tested by everything from enduring false accusation and overcoming the racism embodied by petty partisan climbers, to forcing the corrupt party leadership to sink to such unethical depths to defend itself in the first place, I’m ready to finish the job with your support.

Can you join us again today to expand our work, reach more voters, and hold the corporate establishment accountable? Power concedes nothing without a demand, and the strength of our demands are a function of the support we receive from supporters like you.

We’re vastly outgunned by the dynastic corporate incumbent and the establishment she represents. That’s why I’m all the more grateful for your help and support—and Eric's—as we continue building momentum to confront and overcome them.

Thanks for standing with us!

Your voice,

Shahid

P.S. — Want to learn more about our work holding the press accountable for abandoning ethics, accuracy, and democratic accountability? Mark your calendar and join us for a crucial court hearing via zoom on St. Patrick's Day, Thursday March 17!


A story suppressed for years


Before the Pentagon drags us into yet another war….