PODER PAC remembers CA State Senator Nell Soto. Senator Soto was a pioneer as one of the first Latinos to serve in the State legislature in the 1960's. She was a trail blazer for so many Latinas who followed in her footsteps. We will miss her.
May 26, 2009- Washington DC – PODER PAC congratulates President Obama on the historic, bold and inspired choice to nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the next Supreme Court Justice. Sotomayor if confirmed will be the first Hispanic Supreme Court judge and the third woman to sit on the nation’s highest court.
“Today is a great day for Americans and I commend President Obama for showing leadership and brilliance with his choice to nominate Judge Sotomayor,” said PODER PAC Honorary Co-Chair Nydia Velázquez (D-NY). “Ms. Sotomayor will bring the highest qualifications to the highest court in the land as well as a background and a common sense approach that will give the Supreme Court much needed insight into how opinions and decisions will affect Americans from all walks of life. The fact that she is the first Latina and the third woman to serve on the high court also earns President Obama much deserved praise for smashing one of highest and hardest barriers left for Latinos and women in American politics.”
A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, a former prosecutor and private attorney, Sotomayor’s legal training is unmatched, bringing more experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years.
Sotomayor also enjoys bipartisan support, having been appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and then named an appeals court judge by President Bill Clinton in 1997.
“Sotomayor’s bipartisanship earns her support, credibility and praise from both sides of the political aisle,” added Honorary Co-Chair Velazquez. “We strongly urge the US Senate to engage in a timely confirmation process that will enable the Supreme Court a smooth transition after Judge Souter’s retirement.”
PODER PAC's STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR THE NOMINATION OF A LATINA TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
Washington DC - PODER PAC today officially announced its endorsement of a Latina to be named as the next Supreme Court Justice and strongly urged President Obama to choose from one of the many talented and highly qualified Latina candidates to fill this most important position.
"President Obama made history this past November when he was elected the first African American President of the United States. He was not elected because of the color of his skin but because Americans thought him the best qualified choice to lead our country during these difficult times. PODER PAC believes President Obama has a chance to make history yet again in nominating the first Latina as his choice to be the next Supreme Court justice, and to do it not because it is the right thing or the right time - even though it is both - but to do it simply because a Latina would hold the best qualifications at this moment to carry out the awesome responsibilities that come with serving on the highest court in the land.
"At no other point in history has the nomination of a Latina to be the next Supreme Court Justice been more timely. There are several Latinas that have the education, the experience, and the impeccable qualifications that are no doubt needed for this incomparable charge.
"The nomination of a Latina to the high court would also ensure that diversity, one of our nation's fundamental pillars of strength, is finally and fully expressed in a place where variety of opinion stemming from a different upbringing, a different perpective and a different, perhaps personal, view of how "the system" affects real people, has been sorely missing. There is no doubt that a qualified Latina would bring a unique and needed perspective that includes a clear understanding of the struggles that many diverse communities and women have endured in this country. Upholding this perspective and using it to understand how decisions will impact Americans will undoubtedly benefit all of American society.
"PODER PAC strongly urges President Obama to take this courageous step and nominate a Latina to serve as the next Supreme Court Justice."