On behalf of the OutCenter of Southwest Michigan’s Board, staff and many volunteers, we send our many sympathies and condolences to the family of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It would seem she gave it all to survive as long as she could on behalf of so many people.

Our hearts ache with her passing as she was an amazing woman, judge, human, and ally to LGBTQ+ people and our families. We listened and read so intently of her support to and dissent of decisions regarding our right to marry and for protection against employment discrimination.

We also feel she understood the increased negative outcomes on marginalized people and their families and took these things into mighty consideration as she spoke about women’s rights, unconscious bias, and voters’ rights.

Just as buildings in California have a greater need to be earthquake proofed, places, where there is greater racial polarization in voting, have a greater need for prophylactic measures to prevent purposeful race discrimination.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg in 2013 regarding the Voting Rights Act

Her thoughtful consideration of those who were to be impacted most by pending decisions is a testament to her compassion and her opinions. Her precise, complex, and compassionate use of language – a testament to her commitment to justice and to changing hearts and minds. We can only surmise the impacts of her influence among her peers.

While we all must take the time to grieve the passing of this most amazing woman (despite the haste in which things are moving, leaving us precious little time to grieve), we must remember that we, too, have the power to be compassionate, educate others and enact change at the voting booth on behalf of those most vulnerable in our country. 

The OutCenter of Southwest Michigan urges everyone to carry on her work to ensure that our democracy not only lives to see another day, but continues to evolve.

May her memory be the basis of our revolution; our need for immediate and lasting changes – changes that prioritize the most vulnerable, embrace equity, and chart out a path to a return to civility. So today we will grieve and then we will rise again, and carry on her legacy and commitment to the true meaning of “liberty and justice for all.”

Well, I would say that we are not experiencing the best of times; but there’s hope in seeing how the public is reacting to it. There is a reason to hope that we will see a better day.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg in 2017 regarding the Trump Administration

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