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Sotomayor Supporters across the Country Gather to Watch Confirmation Hearings

July 17, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Rep Pedro Marin and Jerry Gonzalez from GALEO speak to reporters at watch party

Georgia State Rep. Pedro Marin, D. Duluth, and Jerry Gonzalez of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials speak to reporters at a local watch party.

All this week, people all over the nation have been glued to their television sets watching one of the most historic moments our judiciary system and our nation has seen to date—confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Sotomayor supporters held hearing watch parties throughout the country to support Sotomayor's confirmation and listen to her speak about her personal experiences, professional achievements, and views on the role of judges. From law students and elected officials, to social activists and everyday, average Americans, Sotomayor supporters from all walks of life gathered in restaurants, law firm offices, places of worship, community centers, and homes to watch the hearings. 

"It was the opportunity to watch a little bit of history in the making while sharing the moment with members of the local Pittsburgh community. It is important to have pride and seek to highlight those members of the Hispanic community because, by doing so, we are encouraging the accomplishments of future leaders and diversity in leadership," said Ximena Marinero, law student and host of a watch party in Pittsburgh, Pa.

If confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will serve as the first Hispanic and only the third woman on the Supreme Court.

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