Heart of LA Statement on the Passing of
Supreme Court Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
It is with extreme sadness that we mark the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, liberal leader of the Supreme Court and trailblazing champion of women’s rights and gender equality.
In the Jewish tradition, if a person dies on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, that person is considered most righteous. Justice Ginsburg lived her entire life as a “tzaddik,” a righteous person, and her legacy as a champion of justice and equality for all, will endure.
Justice Ginsburg overcame decades of sexism and discrimination to rise to the highest court in the land, as the second woman appointed to the bench. During her 27 years on the Supreme Court, she used her powerful voice as an advocate to fight for marginalized communities and advance the achievement of civil rights and social justice.
She captivated us as a larger-than-life hero, a pioneer and source of inspiration, and proudly wore the moniker “Notorious RBG.” She wished to be remembered as “someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”
We are eternally grateful for RBG’s immeasurable and transformative contributions to our democracy.
Today, we mourn this profound loss. Tomorrow, we honor Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and life’s work by fighting relentlessly to protect and preserve the democracy she fought for, and the rights and values she sought to secure. It is our honor and responsibility to follow in her footsteps and continue her life’s work, to the very best of our abilities.
We send condolences to her family and friends. May her memory serve as a blessing. Rest in peace, rest in power, Notorious RBG.