–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – U.S. Newswire)–
ADVISORY for Saturday, July 9, 2005
Walter Tejada, Arlington County Board Member and member of Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary, will deliver the Democratic Hispanic Radio Address this Saturday, July 9, 2005. Tejada will discuss the Supreme Court vacancy, what’s at stake for Hispanics, and President Bush’s unique opportunity to unite the country.
The audio of Tejada’s address will be heard through local Univisión Radio, Latino Broadcasting Company, Radio Fórmula, Radiovisa, Radio Bilingüe, and CNN en Español Radio affiliates after 11:06 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 9, 2005.
The audio, embargoed until 11:06 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 9, 2005, can be downloaded here:
Below is the text of the address in English:
“Good morning, this is Walter Tejada, Arlington County Board Member and member of Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary.
“This week the terrorist attacks in London took place while the leaders of the world’s most developed countries met to find ways to make the world a better place. The terrorist attacks in London, as those in Madrid and here in America, were senseless and vicious. Our prayers are with the victims, their friends and family. As Democrats we continue to stand with our allies around the world to defeat terrorism and to protect our liberty.
“Here in America, our country faces a critical decision for the protection of civil rights and liberties for which so many have fought. President Bush faces a historic opportunity to make good on his promise to unite the country in choosing the best candidate to fill the seat being vacated by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. The President can work with Democrats to nominate a fair-minded, common sense jurist in the mold of Justice O’Connor, or he can appease his hard-right constituency and put forward a nominee who will further tear the country apart based on partisan leanings.
“There is no more important decision in terms of protecting the rights and liberties of all Americans, than choosing a Supreme Court justice. For Hispanics, there is much at stake. The Supreme Court has made historical decisions that deeply affect all minorities with regards to affirmative action, civil rights and immigration.
“It was the Supreme Court that ended the segregation of Hispanic school children in Orange County, California 7 years before the famed Brown v. Board of Education decision. And it was the Supreme Court that required schools to help students with limited English skills, making bilingual education available to millions of students over the past three decades. President Bush has the historic opportunity to choose a Hispanic nominee for the Court, but should look beyond personal friendships and consider the Hispanics who would make great Justices, including Edward Prado and Sonia Sotomayor.
President Bush has allowed the extremist right wing of his Party to dominate the agenda on everything from immigration to Social Security. The far right has already launched deplorable attacks designed to get an extremist nominee for the Supreme Court who would alter the balance of the Court and roll back constitutional rights.
“Americans deserve a dignified process, one that puts our democracy and the rights of all Americans ahead of partisanship and ideology. President Bush should use this opportunity to unite the country, and work with members of both parties to nominate a Supreme Court Justice that all Americans can be proud of.
“This is Walter Tejada for the Democratic Party, thank you for listening.”
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Luis Miranda of the Democratic National Committee,