Confirm Judge Jackson: Write a Letter to the Editor

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has already made history as the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States. Now the U.S. Senate must swiftly and unanimously confirm her. 

This nomination is a long-overdue step towards having a Supreme Court that better reflects the America it serves. When judges and justices come from diverse backgrounds, their decisions and rulings are more likely to reflect a variety of outlooks and perspectives. What’s more, public trust in our judiciary increases when people see judges and justices who look like them, understand their issues and care about their needs. Judge Jackson’s record demonstrates that she is a fair and impartial jurist and lawyer, dedicated to protecting the fundamental rights of all people. Her nomination represents a historic milestone that will impact our nation for generations to come.

This is where you come in.

Letters to the editor and op-eds in local community papers are an especially effective communications and advocacy tool.

Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) or an op-ed is a great way to educate and energize advocates, reach elected officials, and spread the word about AAUW issues and spotlight your efforts in supporting the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. First, you will need to:

  1. Research the submission guidelines for your local paper.
  2. Find a local angle—has your paper covered the topic or published an LTE or Op-Ed yet? What would the confirmation of the first Black woman Supreme Court Justice mean to you?
  3. Assume nothing—do not assume readers know the details of Judge Jackson’s qualifications, so be sure to include some concise background on her exceptional record.
  4. Avoid sending the same letter to competing papers—select one to submit to and make sure your work is personalized.
  5. End with a call to action—urge your senators to support Judge Jackson’s confirmation.

To further assist in this call to action, below we have collected resources on writing, key talking points, and background information on Judge Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Use these media outreach tools to correct and clarify facts for the public, spur news editors to cover the issue, and urge readers to support Judge Jackson’s confirmation.

Take action now and join us in the final push to confirm Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court!

Supreme Court Talking Points

  • Throughout her career, Judge Jackson has earned broad, bipartisan support, demonstrating her firm commitment to fairness and equal justice for all. We call on the Senate to swiftly confirm Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court.
  • Judge Jackson’s confirmation would not only bring the first Black woman to the highest court in the land, but would also be the first time in the Supreme Court’s 233-year history that four women are serving simultaneously, achieving near gender equity on the nine-person bench.
  • When judges and justices come from diverse backgrounds, courts are more likely to make decisions that reflect a wider variety of perspectives. This historic nomination will increase public trust in our courts and improve judicial decision-making.
  • Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s exceptional record as a judge and lawyer demonstrates that she is highly qualified for this nomination, and that she is committed to fairness, impartiality and equal justice for all.
  • The Supreme Court is not working for all of us. To ensure equal justice, protect and advance civil rights, champion reproductive freedom and access to other health care, and protect voting rights for all, we need a fair-minded justice on the Supreme Court who will fight for everyone, not just special interests.

What does an LTE look like?

Sample #1

Dear Editor:

Last month, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history as the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States. This nomination is a long-overdue step towards having a Supreme Court that better reflects and represents the America it serves.

An exceptionally qualified judge and lawyer, Judge Jackson will bring important lived and experiential diversity to the Supreme Court. When judges and justices come from diverse backgrounds, courts are more likely to make decisions that reflect a wider variety of perspectives. What’s more, public trust in our judiciary increases when people see jurists who look like them, understand their issues and care about their needs.

The U.S. Senate must now swiftly and unanimously confirm Judge Jackson. Her confirmation would not only bring the first Black woman to the highest court in the land, but would also be the first time in the Supreme Court’s 233-year history that four women are serving simultaneously, achieving near gender parity on the nine-person bench.

Judge Jackson’s historic confirmation will bring us closer to the promise of equal justice for all. As a member of AAUW’s XXX branch, I urge everyone to contact their Senators in Washington, D.C. to voice their strong support for Judge Jackson and call for her swift confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Sample #2

Dear Editor:

The historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States comes at an urgent moment, as our country remains deeply divided and our fundamental rights—to education, economic security, bodily autonomy and freedom from discrimination—have come under attack.

To ensure equal justice, protect and advance civil rights, champion reproductive freedom and access to other health care, and protect voting rights for all, we need a fair-minded justice on the Supreme Court who will fight for everyone, not just special interests.

Judge Jackson will be that justice for all our nation needs. Her exceptional record as a judge and lawyer demonstrates that she is highly qualified for this nomination, and that she is committed to fairness, impartiality and equal justice for all. As such, Judge Jackson should be swiftly and unanimously confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Judge Jackson’s confirmation is about protecting the rights of people from all backgrounds, for generations to come. As a member of AAUW’s XXX branch, I urge everyone to contact their Senators in Washington, D.C. to voice their support for Judge Jackson and call for her swift confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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