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The RBG Legacy is a Call to Action

On Friday, September 18, when I received word about the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg my heart sank. She was a model for intelligence, bravery, and public service. I thought about how much she had done to fight for equality and how many barriers she knocked down for women throughout the United States.

The sweet town of Bozeman where I live held a candle light vigil to honor and reflect on Justice Ginsberg's life. I am so grateful for the organizers of the event who not only created this community experience, but also shared their stories and encouraged other community members to share as well. It was sweet, simple, and comforting.

Candlelight vigil in Bozeman honoring the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Photo Credit: Heather White

As I reflect on the cannon that is Justice Ginsberg's jurisprudence and legal scholarship, I am awed by her legal mind, her clarity in writing, and her strength.

The Sunrise Movement attended the gathering and quietly encouraged citizens to support their work for climate action as a concrete way to reflect on her legacy. After the past year of devastating climate impacts, it's clear that now is the time for the clean energy future and a greener, more equitable world. It was a multi-generational crowd and Gen Z spoke up and out and celebrated this amazing leader.

Justice Ginsberg's life story shows the impact of one individual's life on a whole nation.

To honor the Notorious RBG, we must take action. As a recount lawyer during Gore 2000, I know the importance of one vote. We need to make sure that everyone understands that they matter and to encourage women -- especially our daughters-- to take up space and use their voice. Democracy is not a spectator sport.

We will participate. We will work. We will celebrate the life of this remarkable legal scholar through action.


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