How we fight for a #JusticeForAll
We’re at a pivotal and exciting moment for our country and our community: with your help, we’re about to confirm the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. On February 25th, President Joe Biden announced the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson has a clear commitment to the promise of equal justice under law.
Judge Jackson is eminently qualified. She’s been confirmed three times to the federal bench, twice without any opposition. On the bench, she has shown her commitment to protecting the rights of all of us, including people with disabilities, workers, immigrants, and freedom of speech.
As a former public defender, she brings to the Supreme Court the perspective of someone who has seen the justice system through the eyes of our society’s most vulnerable. Her lived experience as a Black woman enriches her perspective about day-to-day life in the United States and how the legal system affects people’s rights and lives.
We’re so excited to be in this fight with you. Below, we’ve broken down one of the ways you can take action to support Judge Jackson’s nomination: How you can most effectively combat disinformation about Judge Jackson.
How to Effectively Combat Disinformation
Disinformation is designed to work hand-in-hand with existing cultural bias to target and silence Black women, women of color, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized voices. But we can fight back.
Here are some tips for how to identify and combat disinformation in our own communities.
- Don’t share or retweet disinfo, even if it’s to debunk it. We might retweet someone we disagree with and make a clever comment. But it’s better to report disinfo than spread it further, even if you are resharing with the best intentions.
- Trust your instincts. Does it seem too over the top or outrageous to be true? Is it just trying to make you angry? If you think something is off, you’re probably right.
- Double-check that image. Is that image real? And is it what it claims to be? Is the photo being paired with unrelated language to further a claim without any evidence? Start by using reverse image search to look for the original source of any photos because photos are often taken out of context or edited to make something appear real.
- Use fact-checking sites, like Politifact and Snopes. and check well-respected news outlets like The New York Times or The Washington Post to corroborate what you’re seeing.
- Question the source: is it from a well-researched news site with journalistic standards or someone trying to push an agenda or sell a product?
- Ask yourself how the message and photos are filtered through biases against BIPOC, disabled, LGBTQ+ people, women, and other underrepresented groups.
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Ready for more? We’ve got even more instructions, from calling your senator to writing a letter to the editor, available at our full toolkit!