July 5, 2023
Photo: Matt McClain, The Washington Post
NHMC Calls for Bold Steps Forward in our Fight for an Equitable Supreme Court
A Statement from Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
As the sparklers of Independence Day celebrations fade, we're reminded that the concept of freedom still varies dramatically across America. Just this past week, the Supreme Court delivered decisions that strike a chilling blow to marginalized communities on multiple fronts. Speaking as a Latina, these rulings feel personal. The conservatives in power seem intent on trapping us in debt, limiting our educational opportunities, controlling our bodies, and downsizing our freedoms.
These rulings are part of a worrying trend: a domino effect of former President Trump's influence on the judiciary. The court's conservative shift reaches into every crevice of our lives - from education and debt to personal belief systems, undermining the very essence of justice and freedom. Issues such as Affirmative Action, Student Debt Forgiveness, and anti-discrimination laws that protect historically and intentionally marginalized communities, like LGBTQ+ folks, are more than policy points; they shape our day-to-day realities, our aspirations, and our future.
With this in mind, it's time to demand change. The Supreme Court should reflect the diversity of the United States, with voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of women echoed in its halls. We need to expand the Supreme Court. Let's add two more justices, women who understand and can advocate for our causes.
Despite the shadows cast by the recent Supreme Court decisions, I urge you not to let fear or frustration cancel your spirit. Instead, let it ignite a flame of determination within you. The setbacks faced today are the sparks that light tomorrow's battles for justice and equality.
Now is the time to share our stories. Speak out about the transformative power of Affirmative Action, about lives uplifted through Student Debt Relief, about the acceptance found in anti-discrimination protections. Our stories have the power to move hearts, change minds, and produce action. Together, we can create a world where justice is not an ideal, but a lived reality for all.
Expanding the Supreme Court isn't just an idea—it's a necessity. By introducing two more justices to the bench, we can usher in a new era of equity. And it is vital that these new justices are women; women who are intimately acquainted with our struggles, who are passionate advocates for our causes. This move isn't an attempt to skew the scales of justice in our favor, far from it. Instead, it's a determined effort to restore the balance that has been absent for far too long.
Let's pledge to fight for a more inclusive America, where our judiciary, laws, and policies reflect the rich diversity of our nation. Together, we can shape a future that truly mirrors the founding principles of our nation.
Yours in the Movement,
Brenda Victoria Castillo
President & CEO
National Hispanic Media Coalition