With the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, our country lost a true national icon and role model, and someone who spent a lifetime fighting for "equal justice under the law." Although many of us are still in deep mourning over this devastating loss and what it will mean to our country - especially when it looks like the unabashed and hypocritical Republicans will rush through a deeply conservative person to further tilt the Supreme Court to the right - we must use our strong emotions to energize our never-ending fight to form a more perfect Union and bend the arc of history towards justice. As several online memes have illustrated: now that we are “Ruth-less”, this is how we now need to fight to carry on Justice Ginsburg’s tradition.
And just as we are trying to absorb the loss of our beloved Justice, today we learn of the unacceptable decision out of Kentucky to not adequately charge those responsible for Breonna Taylor’s death with murder. This is unacceptable and a miscarriage of justice. We must make our voices heard and make known our unwillingness to value some lives less than others. I am hoping these demonstrations will remain peaceful and produce the end result we all want.
These events come at a pivotal point in our country’s history, with the continued rampage of COVID-19 in our communities, an ongoing economic disaster, and protests against police brutality and social and economic injustice. Let’s seize this moment and change the course of our country for the better: by being active in our communities, voting for real, lasting change, and building a brighter future for ourselves and for future generations.
Now is the time to reach out and help each other in these difficult times. The best and easiest ways to do so, are to:
- Fill out your census within the next week by going to my2020census.gov;
- Have a plan to vote in the upcoming election whether you are voting by mail or dropping your ballot in a secure ballot box location, or on election day; and
- Get involved in your community by participating in local events or supporting organizations and/or programs that lend a helping hand to those in need
This is our moment to make a real difference and support one another. Let's move forward together.