October 31, 2020
As we write this article, the news media is laser-focused on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a/k/a the Notorious RBG. Ginsburg’s life was a testament to the impact one person’s life can make in this world. As a student, Ginsburg beat the odds and the verbal assaults as one of the first women at Harvard law school. After graduating and being denied jobs in commercial law, attorney Ginsburg used cases brought on behalf of men to argue for women’s rights. She was a rebel, an innovator, and possibly the most significant social justice warrior ever to fight for equal rights. We think the beauty of the Notorious RBG was that her individual life drew every one of us closer to equality.
Ginsburg’s passing might leave us with a hole in our hearts, but it is, at the same time, an opportunity to take action in her memory. The best and most impactful way to memorialize Ginsburg is by exercising our right to vote. As women, as Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), as members of the LGBTQ+ community, as immigrants, children, or grandchildren of immigrants, as people of diverse ability, as people of many faiths, as Americans, voting is the most significant power we hold. It is how we decide who nominates Justice Ginsburg’s replacement.
The first step toward providing equal justice under law begins with planning how we intend to vote this year. If you are a resident of Connecticut, you will find helpful information on the Secretary of State Denise Merrill’s webpage. If you are afraid to go to the polls and afraid your ballot will not arrive in time by mail, every town in Connecticut has a white ballot box, safe and surveilled, with the state seal on it, bolted to the ground near your town hall. You may use these boxes to cast your absentee ballot. If you are outside Connecticut and uncertain about planning your vote, you may go to planyourvote.org for step-by-step instructions.
For more information on the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, please see this NPR story.