August 6, 2009
Statement from the American Federation of Teachers
On the Confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court
WASHINGTON—The vote of the United States Senate to confirm the appointment of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court marks a historic moment for our country. Barriers to the highest elected and judicial positions in our land are swiftly falling away, open now to people of merit from all backgrounds and walks of life. The message this sends-to our young people and to the world-is that America is realizing the fullness of our founding values.
We commend this vote, and we welcome the newest associate justice to her important role as a member of the United States Supreme Court.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.