The mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis issued a joint proclamation Monday declaring Sept. 21 “Ruth Bader Ginsburg Day” in the Twin Cities.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired lawyers, elected leaders, and residents on a scale unmatched by any Supreme Court Justice in modern history, as evidenced by the universal recognition of her initials, ‘RBG,’” states a proclamation signed by Mayors Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter.
“Justice Ginsburg’s legacy as a trailblazer for women in law and her pioneering work for gender equality in America will last forever,” it adds.
Ginsburg died Friday afternoon at the age of 87 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. In “keeping with her last wish,” the people “of our Twin Cities will advocate for Justice Ginsburg’s replacement to be named by a president whose commitment to justice and human rights reflects her own,” the proclamation states.
“Justice Ginsburg’s legacy as a champion for marginalized groups across identities of race, gender, economic status, sexual orientation, disability status, and religion, is impossible to overstate,” it continues. “As we enter a pivotal moment for the long-term vitality of our democracy, Justice Ginsburg’s work to defend the truth, fair elections, and justice under the law will be essential safeguards for our republic.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all flags to be flown at half staff until the day of Ginsburg’s funeral.
“Few Americans have done as much for the cause of equality as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She broke glass ceilings at every turn,” said Walz. “She envisioned and implemented a humane and progressive interpretation of the law. She changed this country for the better.”
Ginsburg’s passing has added another layer of chaos to the final weeks of the presidential campaign. President Donald Trump is calling on Senate Republicans to confirm his nominee “without delay,” but Senate Democrats are threatening to expand the Supreme Court and abolish the filibuster in response.