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Fourth Branch Action Book Club

Fourth Branch Action Book Club

Next Date Jun 25, 20244:00pm - 6:00pm PDT

Location 98507

About this event

Please join Fourth Branch Action’s book club. We are a grassroots organizing/action group engaged in protecting/improving our democracy through civic engagement, legislative and electoral advocacy, and holding those elected to office accountable in ways that include thanks when they’ve done the right thing. We believe in learning along the way and so book club was born.

Our current book is “Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism,” by Former SCOTUS Justice Stephen Breyer.

We will be discussing this book over 3 meetings, as follows:
June 11 Preface, Parts I and II (113 pages)
June 25 Part III (83 pages)
July 9 Parts IV and V, Conclusion (68 pages)

There will NOT be a meeting on May 28, 2024.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month, 4-6pm PT/7-9pm ET.

“The relatively new judicial philosophy of textualism dominates the Supreme Court. Textualists claim that the right way to interpret the Constitution and statutes is to read the text carefully and examine the language as it was understood at the time the documents were written.

This, however, is not Justice Breyer’s philosophy nor has it been the traditional way to interpret the Constitution since the time of Chief Justice John Marshall. Justice Breyer recalls Marshall’s exhortation that the Constitution must be a workable set of principles to be interpreted by subsequent generations.

Most important in interpreting law, says Breyer, is to understand the purposes of statutes as well as the consequences of deciding a case one way or another. He illustrates these principles by examining some of the most important cases in the nation’s history, among them the Dobbs and Bruen decisions from 2022 that he argues were wrongly decided and have led to harmful results.”
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Please consider joining us for our other regular briefings and discussions:

Fourth Branch Action Cup of Joe Organizing Briefing
Every Tuesday
11:00 AM-Noon PST/2-3:00 PM EDT https://events.democrats.org/event/373822/ ; and

Friday Discussion Group (Current Events, Conversation))
Every Friday
4:30-6:00 PM PST/7:30-9:00 PM EDT https://events.democrats.org/event/373917/

We’d love to have you join us for these events, too!

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