Illinois 1st Congressional District Candidate Pat Dowell Statement on Nomination of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson – The Southland Journal
Pat Dowell, Illinois 1st Congressional District Candidate Statement on the Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson (Cook County, Illinois) — “The appointment of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States is historic and essential. As the first black woman on the court, Judge Brown Jackson will bring a new voice – a voice that reflects her life’s experiences.
“It is more important than ever to ensure a diversity of voices among judges as the court considers a schedule of cases that go to the heart of who we are – and who we want to be – as a nation.”
“This week, Mayor Lori Lightford and I met with my Chicago City Council colleagues to sign and send a resolution to President Biden and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee supporting the nomination of a black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. In part it said: “Strong black women leaders play an important role in our society and in our government, and the Supreme Court of the United States should take advantage of the unique and important potential of potential black women leaders”
The full text of the resolution is below.
A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION APPOINTING A BLACK WOMAN TO SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT
WHEREAS, it is with great respect and admiration that we express our support for your commitment to nominate the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States; and
WHEREAS, throughout the Supreme Court’s 233-year history, all but seven justices have been white men; and
WHEREAS, It is more important than ever to ensure a diversity of voices among judges as the Court considers a schedule of cases that go to the heart of who we are – and who we want to be – as a nation; and
WHEREAS, These decisions must reflect the depth and breadth of the American people and be made using the shared knowledge, ideals, and history that can only be found through a diverse and equitable set of judges of the Court supreme; and
WHEREAS strong black women leaders play an important role in our society and in our government, and the United States Supreme Court should take advantage of the unique and important potential of potential black women leaders; and
WHEREAS the United States has many highly qualified black female candidates from the private and public sectors, including respected federal and state judges, jurists, law firm associates, prosecutors and public defenders, as well as current and former Ministry of Justice staff; and
WHEREAS, regardless of the Black candidate proposed for consideration by the entire United States Senate, we share your confidence that she will uphold the integrity of the Constitution and offer her legal genius, emotional intelligence, commitment to justice and her passion for our democracy that is both forged from the experience of black women and expected of all Supreme Court justices; and
WHEREAS, We, the undersigned, stand with you in supporting the nomination of a Black female Supreme Court justice and are committed to working with you to fulfill this historic commitment; so now,
BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Mayor and Members of the City Council of the City of Chicago gathered here in assembly this February 23, 2022 AD, hereby support President Biden’s commitment to nominate a black woman to serve in United States Supreme Court; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared and presented to President Joseph R. Biden, and the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the United States Senate.
Pat Dowell, Illinois 1st Congressional District Candidate Statement on the Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson