AAMA Applauds Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s SCOTUS Confirmation

Published on April 07, 2022

(Washington, D.C.) — On the occasion of Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Mayor Sylvester Turner (Houston, TX), president of the African American Mayors Association issued the following statement applauding this extraordinary moment for the nation:

“As African-American mayors, we are well aware of the importance of representation in a society that seeks to ensure everyone can thrive. We are excited about Judge Jackson’s confirmation because we understand that her breadth and depth of legal experience, lived experiences and deep commitment to equal justice will ensure all Americans, no matter their race or background, are better represented on the highest court.

“Judge Jackson’s exceptional record proves that she is committed to fairness, impartiality, and equal justice for all. She served with distinction for over eight years on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, where she wrote nearly 600 opinions. On the federal bench, Judge Jackson has issued many decisions showing her commitment to upholding legal protections for persons with disabilities, workers, immigrants, freedom of speech, and environmental laws and protections.

“There are many African American judges with extraordinary profiles who should be appointed to upper and lower federal courts because their experiential diversity can help courts better understand the law’s effects on people’s rights and lives. The African American Mayors Association stands ready to mobilize the strength of our communities to support the appointments of these individuals.

“Today is a momentous occasion for Judge Jackson, the Supreme Court, and all Americans. We applaud the bipartisan support she received and every Senator who made today possible, including Senators Collins, Murkowski and Romney. We look forward to watching Judge Jackson use her brilliant legal mind as she serves with the utmost character and integrity. She will make an exceptional Supreme Court Justice.”

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The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization exclusively representing over 500 African-American mayors across the United States. AAMA seeks to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.

 

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