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What To Do About the Courts: Putting It All Together

Jun 25, 2024

The final session of our 6-part open course/reading group “What To Do About The Courts,” cohosted with the People’s Parity Project, took place on June 25th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT, led by Astra Taylor and Sabeel Rahman.

TOPIC: The courts have been a galvanizing issue on the Right in recent decades, but not so on the Left. How do we mobilize people around court disempowerment? In this session, we will discuss strategies for organizing and advocacy. Join Astra Taylor in conversation with Sabeel Rahman to discuss how to make disempowerment of the courts part of the struggles we are already committed to, from student debt cancellation to racial justice.


Astra Taylor is a writer, documentarian, and organizer. She helped launch the Rolling Jubilee and co-founded the Debt Collective, an organization at the forefront of the fight to cancel student debt, as well as medical, carceral, and housing debt. Taylor is the author of a number of books including The Age of Insecurity: Coming Together as Things Fall Apart and Democracy Might Not Exist, But We’ll Miss it When It’s Gone, and most recently, co-authored Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea with Leah Hunt-Hendrix.

K. Sabeel Rahman is a Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He is also a co-founder and faculty co-chair of the Law and Political Economy Project. His academic research focuses on issues of democracy, governance, economic power, political economy paradigms, racial equity, and inequality. He works extensively with a range of think tanks, advocacy organizations, and foundations to develop novel approaches to addressing these issues in practice. From 2021-2023, Rahman served in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) where he played a lead role in the Administration’s efforts on equity, data and information policy, and reforming regulatory analysis. From 2018-2021, he served as President of Demos, a national racial justice think tank and advocacy organization. Rahman is also the author of Democracy Against Domination (2017), and Civic Power (with Hollie Russon Gillman, 2019).