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Democracy Circle Discussion: The Filibuster

Sunday, June 25, 2023 6 Tammuz 5783

4:00 PM - 5:00 PMSocial Hall Patio

Our Democracy Circle Discussion Series continues with an in-depth look at the filibuster.

We will gather in person for this session! Please join us on the social hall patio. Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack for yourself or to share with others. 

President Obama called the filibuster “a Jim Crow relic” during his eulogy for the late Congressman and civil rights champion John Lewis. The filibuster was not part of our nation’s founding documents. In fact, it was innovated in 1841 by John C. Calhoun the white South Carolina senator who notoriously defended slavery as “a positive good” — after a clean-up of the senate rule book inadvertently eliminated the mechanism to end debate and move to an actual vote.

In recent years the filibuster has become a procedural tool that allows the minority to stop legislation in its tracks and become a tool of obstruction that has ground the Senate to a halt on so many issues. The Workers Circle has called for the elimination of the filibuster since 1957 as a matter of racial justice.

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