June 30, 2023 

Jack Cardinal, (781) 960-5208,

Emily Stewart, executive director of Community Catalyst, issued the following statement on the three Supreme Court decisions issued this week that further undermine people’s freedom to access education and freedom to be served by — and be treated with respect and dignity — in the public marketplace.  

 “The SCOTUS decisions to dismantle affirmative action in higher education, to attack LGBTQ+ people’s right to be served by public businesses, and the decision to end President Biden’s student debt cancellation program are each devastating — and together remind us of how vast and destructive the longstanding, coordinated attack on our rights and liberties is. 

“These decisions impact so many of us personally — from people with kids about to enter college, to LGBTQ+ people experiencing yet another assault on their humanity, to those of us with student loan debt. They also have a profound effect on us collectively — as a group of people who believe in a brighter vision for the world, who believe we can – and will – build a better country and society.  

“Even as we struggle this week, it can be helpful look to each other for a reminder of what keeps us going. Together, with our partners, we are united in our shared commitment to improve the conditions that affect our health and quality of life in the places we live, learn, work, and play.” 


About Community Catalyst:     

Community Catalyst is a leading non-profit national health advocacy organization dedicated to advancing a movement for race equity and health justice. We partner with local, state and national advocates to leverage and build power so all people can influence decisions that affect their health. Health systems will not be accountable to people without a fully engaged and organized community voice. That’s why we work every day to ensure people’s interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and health care are made: in communities, state houses and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @CommCatHealth.