May 26, 2009

On Sotomayor

U.S. Court Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the SCOTUS is praiseworthy for many reasons. She's bright, she seems fair-minded, she's got lots of experience, not to mention a compelling personal story for women, Hispanics, and all who aspire to the American Dream.

Sotomayor was:

raised in a housing project in New York's South Bronx by Puerto Rican parents who came to the United States during World War II. Her father was a factory worker who had a third-grade education and spoke no English. He died when she was 9, a year after she was diagnosed with Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes.

Sotomayor said she was strongly influenced by her mother, who served in the Women's Army Corps and often worked two jobs to support Sotomayor and her brother, Juan.

"I have often said that I am all I am because of her, and I am only half the woman she is," Sotomayor said, recognizing her mother and other family members seated in the audience as the president announced her nomination.

And she just happens to be fair-minded when it comes to labor laws, too. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney on Sotomayor:
Sotomayor has consistently interpreted our labor laws in the manner in which they were intended. She has enforced the right to be free of all types of discrimination in the workplace, to be paid the correct wages and to receive health benefits to which employees are entitled. She has recognized that persecution for union activity can be a basis for granting asylum in
this country.
Congratulations to Sotomayor, and to Obama for a wise choice. For many reasons.

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