Washington, DC—Following today’s Senate confirmation of Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, President Biden’s nominee for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous released the following statement:
“Candace Jackson-Akiwumi is an outstanding addition to the Seventh Circuit bench and will serve the American people honorably in that role. She brings to the position the experience, integrity and intellect that the federal appeals court demands, as well as a commitment to upholding the rights of all, not just the wealthy and powerful. Her past work as a public defender gives her a keen insight into the ways in which the justice system affects ordinary Americans. Her confirmation brings much-needed diversity to a bench that serves some of the most diverse cities in our nation. We applaud the Senate for confirming her. We also applaud the Biden-Harris administration for prioritizing federal judicial nominations. The administration’s confirmations of federal judges so far have set the swiftest pace since the Ford administration.”
People For the American Way’s Her Fight, Our Fight campaign supports outstanding women of color nominated by the Biden-Harris administration to the executive branch and federal bench: https://www.pfaw.org/campaign/her-fight-our-fight/.
About People For the American Way
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: http://www.pfaw.org.