Supreme Justice Campaign: What Is It (And Why It’s Important)

Here at Hip Hop Caucus, our mission is simple: Connect the hip hop community to the civic process. That process, at its core, is to engage all of our audiences with national politics. Consistently!

We do realize that the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Texas may not be processed by the hip hop community in the same way as the violent deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G or even the recent Grammy performance and victories by Kendrick Lamar. However, even a quick scan of media headlines online, in print and on cable and network television speaks volumes about what’s at stake.

Make no mistake about: In this presidential year, as both Democrat and Republican candidates are vying to ascend to the nation’s top elected office, President Obama stills holds the power – and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution – to nominate Justice Scalia’s replacement.

Because, quite frankly, the nomination process may feel very distant to many of us who consider ourselves members of the hip hop generation, the Hip Hop Caucus has created Supreme Justice. In the coming weeks, we will be monitoring, aggregating and producing content that explains, informs and (we hope) empowers you, your family, friends, associate and the public at large to speak up and have your voice heard from your street all the way to Capitol Hill. And, we will be organizing Supreme Justice events and actions so that as a community we will create the urgency needed to fill the seat.

After all, the U.S. Senate – and its 100 members who congregate in Washington D.C. and made decisions that affect us all daily – are elected leaders whose political careers are owed to their respective constituents. Vetting and eventually approving the newest justice to the Supreme Court of the United States is their job and they must do it in good faith.

We did not create the Supreme Justice campaign for any other than reason that to provide the hip hop community with a platform and space to take part and have a say. We invite you to stay tuned and participate.

To learn about the Supreme Court as a federal institution, its judges and scope of their work, check out our fact sheet.

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