By Marc Morial
President & CEO, National Urban League
This week, Senate confirmation hearings were held for President Obamaâ€™s nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to serve as Americaâ€™s next U.S. Attorney General, and the National Urban League strongly supports her confirmation.
In my statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week, I asserted the following:
â€œU.S. Attorney Loretta Lynchâ€™s confirmation would advance this nationâ€™s ongoing pursuit of becoming a more perfect unionâ€¦She has distinguished herself as a tough, fair, independent lawyer dedicated to equal justice under the lawâ€¦
As a lawyer and U.S. attorney, Loretta Lynchâ€™s career has been undergirded by an unshakeable belief that, as she states, â€˜Justice is only served when people feel protected by their government rather than targeted.â€™Â In light of the many challenges we face today with respect to how our criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American men, women and our young people, we especially applaud Loretta Lynchâ€™s commitment to improving the criminal justice system and her recognition that there is still much more work that must be done.
Those are the values we look for most in the â€˜Peopleâ€™s Lawyer.â€™Â The National Urban League therefore urges the Senate to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next United States Attorney General without delay and assure continuity in enforcing our federal laws, protecting our civil rights and keeping Americans safe.â€