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Latino Groups Organizing Nationwide Events to Watch Senate's Vote on Sotomayor

Aug 3, 2009

Watch-the-Vote Parties will be held in Los Angeles, Miami, NYC, San Antonio, Kansas and several other cities to observe historic vote.

WASHINGTON, DC – As U.S. Senators cast their votes on the historic nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court this week, Latino organizations and leaders across the country will be holding “Watch-the-Vote” parties.

“It will be a historic moment to witness the Senate confirm the first Hispanic and only third woman to our nation’s highest court. The confirmation of this exceptionally qualified nominee is an immense source of pride for our community,” said Kansas State Representative Delia Garcia. “I look forward to sharing that moment with family, friends and colleagues.”

“Despite the millions of people who support Judge Sotomayor, only one hundred get to cast a vote on her confirmation,” stated Claudine Karasik, MALDEF Legislative Staff Attorney. “It is imperative that our Senators put aside any partisan rhetoric in making their decision and focus on this nominee’s demonstrated record of fidelity to the law. Across the nation our community will be watching the debate and roll call vote.”

"With the confirmation of eminent jurist Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, each Senator has an opportunity to participate in the historic shattering of one significant glass ceiling for Latino lawyers in this country," said Thomas Saenz, incoming President and General Counsel of MALDEF. "Each affirmative vote is on the right side of history."

Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary, along with its partner organizations, MALDEF, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, League of United Latin American Citizens, Democracia Ahora, Hispanic National Bar Association, Hispanic Federation and many others, will be hosting Watch-the-Vote Parties in Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio, New York City, Tucson, Washington, D.C. and several other cities in support of Judge Sotomayor’s historic confirmation vote. HFJ encourages community groups, businesses, friends and family across America to host a “Watch the Vote” party this Thursday, August 6, from 4 – 7 p.m. Please be aware that the time may change depending on the duration of the Senate debate and may be held over until Friday.

During Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary and its partner organizations held numerous successful watch parties around the nation. Hundreds gathered around the United States, in cities such as San Antonio, Witchita, Tampa and Los Angeles, at watch parties that brought together the many diverse groups of people supporting Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation.

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Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary (HFJ) was formed in April 2005 in order to provide Hispanic leaders across the nation a platform and voice in matters related to our nation's judicial system. HFJ is an unaffiliated, non-partisan, independent network of elected officials, legal, civil rights, labor, academic and political leaders who care deeply about the impact that the Supreme Court has on the Latino community.

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