The following statement may be attributed to Rosanna Mendez, Executive Director, SEIU 121RN:“The members of SEIU 121RN celebrate the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Jackson’s accension to our nation’s highest judicial body is not just a pinnacle of her incredible career—it is a watermark for all Black women and little girls of color everywhere who can dare to dream and then dedicate themselves to making their dreams a reality. We have waited far too long for a woman of color to join the Court and being the first Black woman on the Supreme Court is a historic moment in our country that we should all take a moment to think about and to honor. Although we witnessed an overt display of racism as Judge Jackson’s name and record were dragged through the mud during the confirmation hearings, in this moment, we rejoice. She has earned her post, and America will be better for her presence on the Court.
We know that Judge Jackson will represent all Americans, no matter what they look like, where they’re from, or what they do for a living. We know also that she will be a beacon for the fair treatment of working Americans. As important matters fall before the court related to healthcare, workers’ rights, democracy and so much more, we fully expect that Judge Jackson will interpret our constitution in a way that ushers progress.
Judge Jackson’s confirmation, as well as the bitter fight to block it, is a reminder to Union members everywhere that we must engage in politics. We are still emerging from the worst public health crisis we have ever faced, and simultaneously, the greatest threat our democracy has ever encountered. As we look toward the coming election season, we cannot forget how much rests on our voice and our votes.”