For Immediate Release: February 25, 2022
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National Faith Leaders Applaud Historic Biden SCOTUS Nominee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mary J. Novak, Executive Director, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and Joan F. Neal, Deputy Executive Director, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, said:
“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic nomination to the United States Supreme Court is critical for this generation and generations to come. The NETWORK community of Spirit-filled justice-seekers celebrates Judge Jackson’s nomination and the perspective she will bring to the highest court because of her years of service on the federal district court of D.C. and D.C. Circuit as well as her formative service as a public defender.
“In our democracy, it is the responsibility of the Supreme Court to safeguard and uphold the God-given dignity of everyone, no matter their race, origin, religion, or immigration status, in every situation, whether at the ballot box, at work, in their home or in the community. We are confident Judge Jackson’s proven record of protecting the rights of everyone can only enrich judicial decision making on the highest court. NETWORK praises Judge Jackson’s nomination and calls on the Senate to move this historic nomination process forward with all deliberate speed.”
Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, President, Sojourners:
“Sojourners applauds President Biden’s nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the 104th associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is a highly qualified candidate who would both shatter a glass ceiling and strengthen the court’s commitment to equal justice under the law. “
“While we’ve seen the predictable attacks from some voices on the Right, it’s important to point out that having a Black woman on the Supreme Court will have profound moral and practical significance to the United States. Representation matters, and when people become historic “firsts” to occupy prominent positions in society, it changes what future generations of children see as possible.”
“A Black woman on the Supreme Court will bring important experience to the country’s highest bench, experience that matters because of the myriad ways the U.S. criminal justice system continues to disproportionately punish and criminalize Black people. People’s lived experiences are strongly affected by the communities in which they are raised and by how those communities treat people across lines of difference, and her connection to the people and the issues they face makes her an even stronger candidate.”
Fran Eskin-Royer, Executive Director, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd:
“The impact of President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court cannot be underestimated for those living on the margins and whose voices often are ignored, if even heard at all. The National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd welcomes with great expectation Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination, who is exquisitely qualified and who will expand the lived experiences of the Court. Through our work and the ministries of our Sisters and social service programs, we recognize the importance of having a Supreme Court that better reflects the diversity of our country, especially one that includes the voice of a Black woman.”
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice – advocates for justice inspired by Catholic Sisters – educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. They have a 50-year track record of lobbying for critical federal programs that support those at the margins and prioritize the common good. www.networklobby.org