In a year that just takes and takes, the sudden death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – “the most important feminist lawyer in the history of the American Republic – has broken many, at least for now. And that was before the vile Mitch McConnell besmirched the void she left behind by vowing, within an obscene hour of news of her death, to try to replace her, thus earning himself “a special, special place in Hell.” According to her granddaughter, Ginsburg “hung on as long as she could.” She died on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, which under Jewish tradition renders her a tzaddik, a person of great righteousness. And she was; her loss is staggering. Still, for all those mourning her death as the death of democracy, many more are citing the need to pay her long, hard, tenacious work the respect it’s due by fighting back harder than ever in her honor. At the Supreme Court Friday night, thousands gathered in solidarity to grieve, sing, thank her for a life well-lived; online, many more shattered fundraising records by donating over $20 million on ActBlue in the three hours after news of her death.Now we cry, soon we vote. May her memory be a blessing, and a revolution.
“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg #RIPRBG
‘Amazing Grace’ sung by some at @USSupremeCourt mourning the passing of #RuthBaderGinsburg #RIPRBG @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/LZBIgDM7wM
— Matt Gaffney (@gafferdc) September 19, 2020
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