By Suzi Gao, a summer intern
I recently came upon a trailer for a documentary premiering on HBO on Monday, June 27 at 9 p.m. called “Hot Coffee,” highlighting the stories of four Americans who struggled to gain access to the courts despite legitimate violations to their health, safety, and civil rights.
This documentary felt especially timely as I just had the opportunity to demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court building on Tuesday for the women of Wal-Mart after the decision came down in the notorious corporation’s favor.
Being there and watching the preview for “Hot Coffee” made me realize that this isn’t the first time the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the side of big business rather than protecting the rights of civilians. The documentary reiterates the point that pre-eminent constitutional rights are being turned back in time, steadily narrowing the voices of everyday Americans. It’s that hit-the-spot kind of documentary that will hopefully motivate us to demand equal access to justice.
Check out the trailer: