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The Supreme Court's First Term With A Conservative Supermajority

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On this edition of Your Call, we are discussing the Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority. The Court upheld Obamacare, allowed a Catholic agency to refuse to work with gay parents, and upheld voting restrictions in Arizona, which will make it harder for people of color to vote.

The Court also issued three corporate rulings that received little attention. As the Court turns to next term’s cases on abortion and guns, what precedent is being set?

Guests:

Adam Cohen, writer and author of Nothing to Fear, Imbeciles, and Supreme Inequality:The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America. Adam previously served as a member of the New York Times editorial board and as a senior writer for Time magazine

Allison Riggs, co-executive director of the voting rights program at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the rights of people of color. In 2018, Allison argued the Texas redistricting case in the United States Supreme Court, and in 2019, she argued the North Carolina partisan gerrymandering case in the Supreme Court

Web Resources:

Slate, Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern: The Supreme Court's reign of destruction is only beginning.

The Daily Poster, David Sirota: The Supreme Court Is A Corporate Star Chamber

NBC News, Pete Williams: Supreme Court upholds restrictive Arizona voting laws in test of Voting Rights Act

The Atlantic, Adam Cohen: Justice Breyer’s Legacy-Defining Decision

The New Yorker, Jeannie Suk Gersen: The Supreme Court's Surprising Term

KALW: Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's 50-Year Battle For A More Unjust America

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.
Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.