It’s known that when a champion of human rights dies, we mourn today and organize tomorrow. Well, tomorrow has come. Now, more than ever, is the right time to organize. With the past four years (feels like way more, we know) under the Trump presidency, every day holds a new, angering, decision made against BIPOC folx everywhere. While rulings oftentimes were halted by the Supreme Court for unconstitutional efforts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one to thank. While she worked up until her last day, and died on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, today, tomorrow and forever, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be remembered in righteousness.
As a Clinton appointee, Ruth Bader Ginsburg held her seat as a Justice for 27 years, her power helped secure rights in reproductive health and justice, making it possible for women to obtain a checking account without a male co-signer and obtaining birth control without their husband’s permission. For LGBTQ folx, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was essential for securing rights against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, same-sex marriage and protected employees against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
She also helped secure more protections in equal pay, criminal justice reform, immigration, public education, environmental protections, worker’s rights and so many more.
This past weekend, ProgressNow New Mexico and over a dozen organizations co-hosted When There Are Nine: Remembering RBG & A Call To Action, a night honoring RBG. She was our champion for nearly three decades, and while she struggled through cancer over the period of two decades and died this weekend due to complications, we remembered— RBG held it down for the people, ‘til her last breath.
“We came together in collective loss and grief,” said Marianna Anaya, Deputy Director of ProgressNow New Mexico in a statement. “For years, we’ve been chipping away at archaic policies in our legislature. There’s never been a more important time to repeal New Mexico’s old abortion ban, ensure access to high quality public education, safeguard worker and immigrant rights and protect our land and water.” Anaya added.
“For years, we’ve been chipping away at archaic policies in our legislature. There’s never been a more important time to repeal New Mexico’s old abortion ban, ensure access to high quality public education, safeguard worker and immigrant rights and protect our land and water.”
Carry the Torch
Now, it’s our turn. We need all hands on deck from now on. Because with Mitch McConnell waiting a few hours after her death to release a statement about her replacement, we know we’ve got an uphill battle ahead of us all.
What We Can Do
- Text “RBG” to 50409 to let your senator know you don’t want a Supreme Court Nominee until after the inauguration.
- Register to vote. Because every vote counts, your community desperately needs you and your vote— especially in this upcoming election.
- Armed militia members seek to scare off voters at the polls this election. If you’re already a regular voter, sign up to be a poll watcher and help protect the sanctity of our democracy.
- If you’re a regular voter of any sort, request your mail-in ballots as soon as you can and send it back quickly.
- Join the revolution with us and other ProgressNow affiliates at RBGRevolution.com. We’re ready to call, email, text, organize, register and vote to honor her memory.So, are you with us? Now’s the time!