February 27, 2019
12:10 pm - 1:30 pm , Eastern Time
Pack the Supreme Court?
Join Aaron Belkin, who led the fight to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and Sean McElwee, one of the leading advocates in the movement to #AbolishICE, in a discussion about their new project: Pack the Courts. Their mission is to urge Democrats to restore the integrity of our courts by expanding the size of the lower courts and adding four seats to the Supreme Court after re-gaining control of the White House and Congress, hopefully on January 20, 2021. Non-pizza lunch will be served.
Aaron Belkin is a scholar, author, activist and dancer. He has written and edited more than twenty-five scholarly articles, chapters and books. Since 1999, Belkin has served as founding director of the Palm Center, which the Advocate named as one of the most effective gay rights organizations in the nation. He designed and implemented much of the public education campaign that eroded popular support for military anti-gay and anti-transgender discrimination. Harvard Law Professor Janet Halley said of Belkin that, "Probably no single person deserves more credit for the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’”
Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data for Progress, is the 1/20/21 Project's Director of Research and Polling. He has spent half a decade bringing cutting edge data analysis to progressive advocacy and his work has been cited by politicians at the national, state and local level. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Vox and The Washington Post.