Issued April 07, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement today after the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic nomination to the Supreme Court:
“Working people across America are celebrating the historic confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court with jubilation and tears of joy. We have waited far too long to see the first Black woman seated on the nation’s highest court. Over the past several weeks, we have watched as she was subjected to racist and sexist attacks that no other Supreme Court nominee has had to endure. Now that the Senate has voted to confirm her with bipartisan support, we can finally rejoice. Judge Jackson’s triumph is a powerful wind at our backs as SEIU’s 2 million members and worker leaders across the country continue to fight for racial and economic justice and mobilize for broader change in the 2022 midterm elections.
Judge Jackson represents the best of our nation and the legal profession and will represent every person, regardless of what they look like, where they live, or what they do for a living. She is not beholden to corporate interests, but will consider every case on its merits and rule fairly and without bias. Her confirmation will have a positive impact on our nation for generations to come and on issues fundamental to having a government that works for all of us – voting rights, immigrant rights, reproductive rights and the right to join unions to bargain for a better future. We wish to thank all the Democratic Senators as well as Republican Sens. Murkowski, Collins and Romney who crossed party lines to back Judge Jackson.”
We call upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to act with urgency to confirm the slate of other highly qualified federal judicial nominees to fill critical vacancies in our judicial system. Equal justice cannot wait.”