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Moving mountains.

On Friday night we lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of our country's most committed, principled, and inspiring leaders.

Throughout her career – first as a lawyer fighting for gender equality and then as a Judge – Justice Ginsburg inspired countless lawyers, especially women, to fight for equality. She faced discrimination as a young lawyer, and instead of giving in to the status quo she used her sharp legal mind to form a brilliant strategy to address widespread gender inequality. Her accomplishments ushered in a new era for women in this country.

While we mourn this enormous loss, we also must focus on the future.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, a few short hours after Justice Ginsburg's passing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate will vote on President Trump's nominee even though the presidential election is just 44 days from now. This is the same Mitch McConnell who announced in 2016 that he would block the Supreme Court nominee President Obama put forward 270 days before the election.

Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are determined to get a third Trump nominee on the Supreme Court. What happens next will shape the Court for a generation. Everything is on the line: reproductive justice, racial justice, labor rights, LGBTQ rights, voter suppression, getting money out of politics, climate action, and more.

We must fight back against McConnell every step of the way, and work even harder to put him out of a job in November.

According to her granddaughter, Justice Ginsburg said in her final days: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

Justice Ginsburg moved mountains to make possible the wishes and dreams of future generations of women. To honor her legacy, we must bring that fight to the Senate.

Thank you for standing with me,

Suzanne

Posted on September 21, 2020.