Joe Biden said this earlier this evening, “Tonight our nation mourns an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law. Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. She fought for all of us.”
People throughout the country are reacting with sadness and shock to the news of Justice Ginsburg’s death. A vigil to mourn her loss and celebrate her life of service will be hold on Saturday, 8 pm EST, on the steps in front of the Supreme Court. Attendees are asked to observe social distancing and wear masks.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg first gained recognition as an advocate for women’s rights. As a college professor — she later became the first women to earn tenure at Columbia law — she began volunteering with the American Civil Liberties Union, representing women who experienced gender discriminating in their jobs. She argued and won several arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, emerging as a leader in the fight for gender equality, before she was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980. Thirteen years later, President Bill Clinton nominated her to the Supreme Court in 1993.
Justice Ginsburg, who was known as “the Notorious RBG,” served on the Supreme Court for 27 years where she was known for her liberal opinions and dissents, as well as her refusal to step down. “As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here,” she said in 2018, and indeed, to many of her admirers she seemed almost invincible, having fought back cancer several times in the past. (Her death, at age 87, was caused by complications from metastatic pancreas cancer.)
This week RBG dictated a final statement to her granddaughter: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
But Republican leaders have already stated their intention to vote on a new Supreme Court justice in the near future. Help honor Justice Ginsburg’s legacy by contributing to a campaign to flip the Senate to Democratic control. The fund will support eight candidates challenging the most vulnerable Republican senators. Please donate to that effort here and help the nation continue to fight for the ideals of equality and justice that were Justice Ginsburg’s guiding light.
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