August 22, 2016

LBW urges president to nominate Black woman Supreme Court successor

THE LEAGUE OF BLACK WOMEN SUPPORTS

PRESIDENT’S DECISION TO NOMINATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

AND URGES NOMINATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN

The League of Black Women applauds President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate a successor to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The Constitution gives the President the authority, and indeed, the duty, to make the nomination.  If the Senate fails to fully and earnestly engage in this process, then it fails to carry out its own sworn Constitutional duties. This year the Supreme Court is scheduled to consider important issues that matter to Black Women and Americans as a whole – including health care, women’s rights and worker’s rights. To deliberately delay or frustrate the nomination process for political sport, is simply irresponsible and negligent.

“We understand that this matter is beyond party politics and partisan squabbling. This nomination, and how it is handled, speaks to our nation’s integrity. This is about our democracy,” said Sandra Finley, League President and CEO.

“The League of Black Women stands unequivocally behind President Obama’s determination to fulfill his Constitutional responsibility to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. We also want to be on record that we stand, unequivocally, in support of the nomination of an African American woman to that seat. We are confident there are Black women who are “indisputably” qualified to be a Supreme Court nominee.

To Black women, this is not an issue of political expediency or pandering. It is an issue of inclusion; a matter of acknowledgement that Black women number among those most capable, talented and prepared to serve our country and our national institutions with excellence, at the highest levels of leadership”.

 

For information, contact:

sfinley@leagueofblackwomen.org

 

Sandra Finley, President and CEO

League of Black Women

332 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604

(708) 506-3111

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