In response to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, UUSC has released the following statement:
For nearly 30 years, the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg nobly served on the United States Supreme Court and brought wit, audacity, and limitless courage to her position. She not only served with aplomb but possessed a profound sense of justice as her opinions, dissents, and decisions were rooted in a sense of equity and the dignity of the people whose cases crossed her desk. The second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice and an ardent feminist, Justice Ginsburg set a judicial tone impacting millions across the nation.
From gender discrimination, marriage equality, and abortion rights, to searches and seizures and the rights of people with disabilities, Justice Ginsburg has a legacy deeply entwined with affirming the worth and dignity of all. A prominent aspect of her judicial activism with far-reaching implications was her unabashed support for immigrants. Her lauding immigrants for being on the “vanguard” in the battle to combat discrimination illustrates her deep commitment to justice.
Justice Ginsburg died in the hours leading up to Rosh Hashanah, the first of the two High Holy Days in the Jewish faith. This holiday, a celebration of the Jewish New Year, is a time of reflection and repentance; it is a time to seek repair for wrongdoing and past harms and commit to doing better, doing more to create a brighter future. As we reflect on late Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and the enormity of her words and deeds, we carry her spirit with us as we continue our work uplifting the worth, dignity, and the intrinsic beauty of all.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.