A few hours ago, we got news that felt like a punch when we were least prepared for it: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died.
To say this isn’t the news we wanted as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, began would be quite an understatement. RBG was a trailblazer for generations of American women and a champion for justice. To lose an American icon of her stature would be devastating at any time, but it’s exponentially worse right now when we’ve already lost so much this year.
The thing giving me solace right now is thinking about how I can honor her and carry on that legacy, and to fulfill the last wish she shared with us: “That I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
We owe it to her to ensure the person to fill her seat is someone who will do their utmost to fill her shoes and embody her values.
Tonight, I’m not making an ask of you. Tonight, we’re in mourning. Tonight, we can cry, and blast the shofar, and recover. Tomorrow, and every tomorrow thereafter, we’ll be with you, continuing our work together to win this election, preserve RBG’s legacy and move our country towards the better future she dedicated her life to.
Ruth won fights harder than this one. We owe it to her — and to everyone whose rights she championed — to give it our all.
Leah Greenberg, Co-Executive Director, Indivisible
P.S. — To my neighbors in the District and nearby, I’m sorry but I do in fact have an ask for you: Tomorrow, at 8 PM, there will be a vigil outside the Supreme Court. If you feel safe, please put on a mask and join us. We’ll share more details as we have them.