For the first time in our nation’s history, a Black woman has been nominated to the nation’s highest court. The Institute for Sustainable Communities celebrates President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the 116th associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. T. African-American women have long-fought for seats at every table. We cannot stop short now. The confirmation of Judge Jackson to the bench will be a clarion call for equity.
People of color disproportionately face racial, economic, and social challenges. The Institute for Sustainable Communities is committed to centering racial equity and equity for all in shaping and driving solutions.
We know from experience that sustainable change is achieved through diverse coalitions and a plurality of voices. Participation matters in the economy, enabling people and communities to make choices, build wealth, and grow resiliency. Participation matters in land use planning, energy systems, and greening the built environment. Participation matters in the distribution of recovery assistance in the wake of climate disasters.
Participation matters in our democracy in the decisions, policies, and investments that affect our daily lives. Thus, the laws of our land must be stewarded by those whose experience, “wisdom, integrity, courage, and a moral compass,” as president Joe Biden said it, lead to equal protection for everyone. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will progress our nation on the path to life, liberty, and justice for all.
Deeohn Ferris, JD
Institute for Sustainable Communities