Press Release

For Immediate Release - August 6, 2009     

Antonio Gonzalez, 323-343-9299 and 323-222-2217
Lydia Camarillo, 210-922-0225

Today America makes history with the confirmation of the first Latina to serve on the United States Supreme Court

San Antonio, Texas - Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) and the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) applaud President Obama for his choice as the first nominee to the United States Supreme Court and the United States Senate for the historic and unprecedented vote.

“Today the nation made history with President Obama’s nomination and the full U.S. Senate confirmation in a 68 to 31 vote. Judge Sotomayor is an accomplished jurist with unparalleled experience at every judicial level she has served.She will serve with honor and distinction in our highest court,” stated Antonio Gonzalez, SVREP and WCVI President.

As the first Latina on the nation’s Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor brings judicial intellect and experience to the highest court. Judge Sotomayor will serve as the 111th Justice to the Supreme Court with honor.

“As the 3rd woman, and a Latina, Judge Sotomayor will forever bring a face that looks more like America to the highest courts of our land. And, Latino children will aspire to serve as Supreme Court justices,” said Lydia Camarillo, SVREP Vice President.


SVREP is the nations largest and oldest organization of its kind; nonpartisan, nonprofit, organization committed to increasing the Latino electorate in America’s democracy.Since it opened its doors, SVREP has registered over 2.5 million Latinos across the southwest and the southeast.

WCVI is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit policy and research organization. Founded in 1985, WCVI is focused on issues relevant to America's racial and ethnic minority groups. WCVI has offices in San Antonio, Texas and Los Angeles, CA.


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