Yesterday, AFJ and other allies proudly joined Jobs with Justice, National People’s Action, SEIU, and the AFL-CIO at Showdown on K Street.With the Senate edging closer and closer to finalizing a bill to reform the financial industry, activists joined at McPherson Square before stopping traffic to take back K Street, Washington’s historical center of lobbyist activity.The Senate will soon vote on important amendments both good and bad. Some attempt to weaken regulation of derivatives and swaps, both key causes of the financial meltdown crippling 6.7 million long-term unemployed Americans. Others would bar banks from gambling with government insured deposits, reduce the conflicts of interest seen at Goldman Sachs, or separate commercial and investment banking. Undeterred by cold temperatures and steady rain, thousands of activists from around the country arrived to unite in one message to Wall Street and Congress: put working, everyday Americans before corporate interests.
President Obama has just announced Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his pick to fill the vacancy created by Justice John Paul Stevens’ retirement. You can read the statement from AFJ President Nan Aron on this nomination here.
This is an historic moment. Of the 111 justices who have served on the Supreme Court, only three have been women. If confirmed, Kagan will be the fourth, and on the first Monday in October, for the first time in history, three women would take their seats on our nation’s highest court. According to our just released report on Women in the Judiciary, women currently comprise just 24.7% of sitting federal judges (252 out of 1,018 federal judges, both active and senior status, are females).
President Obama should be commended for nominating another woman to the nation’s highest court, and we urge him to continue to rectify the gender imbalance in the federal judiciary by continuing to nominate women for judgeships.
To learn more about Elena Kagan, read our recently released report. We will continue to provide you with detailed information on Kagan’s record throughout this nomination process.
We look forward to a fair and expeditious hearing for Elena Kagan and to a constructive, civil debate about the rights of the American people under the Constitution and the role of the courts in protecting the interests of all Americans, regardless of wealth, power, and influence.
Alliance for Justice is proud to offer Are You Supreme?, a ten question quiz on the makeup, operation, and rulings of the Supreme Court of the United States. President Obama will likely announce Justice Stevens’ successor any day now. Take the quiz to see if you have the knowledge to be the next face on the Court!If you want to brush up before taking the quiz, you can visit our Supreme Court Watch page.