We are all devastated to hear about the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was a brilliant jurist who served on our highest court for nearly three decades, but she was also so much more than that. She was a fierce defender of civil rights, a progressive champion, and a cultural icon.
Losing Justice Ginsburg is a visceral, emotional blow to all of us. We need to mourn her passing (please see below for details on tonight’s Candlelight Vigil), and then we need to act.
No justice can truly replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and at this time, nobody should. Her dying wish was that she not be replaced until the next president is sworn in. After all she has done for our country, we owe it to her to grant this wish. Fortunately, this is in line with Mitch McConnell’s own previous policy of not replacing a justice in an election year. Even though he obviously had no intention of keeping that promise, we will do everything in our power to hold him to the standard he set in 2016.
We are starting by sending a letter to our two Senators urging them to tell McConnell that we will add additional justices to the court next year if they try to do this vacancy. Appeals to moral decency will do nothing, as Senate Republicans only understand power. Let’s flex our power on this. Please call our Senators and urge them to support adding justices to the Court if the Republicans try to name a replacement:
Senator Diane Feinstein: (415) 393-0707
Senator Kamala Harris: (916) 448-2787
Expanding the Court would require an act passed by both Houses of Congress, so make sure to call your Representative as well:
Ami Bera: (916) 635-0505
Doris Matsui: (916) 498-5600
The 2020 Coalition notified us of a planned candlelight vigil and walk around the Capitol grounds for Justice Ginsburg tonight at the West Steps of the Capitol. Please join us tonight at 9:18 p.m. for a solemn event to remember a true progressive hero.