Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Petition to U.S. Senate
Delay Filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Seat on the Supreme Court Until 2021
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of justice and women's rights. She was an icon to all people who care about social justice, equality, and human rights. It would be a grossly disrespectful for Republicans to rush to fill her seat ahead of the November election. The U.S. Senate must not rush to fill her seat. Out of respect for her legacy and to honor the will of the American people by allowing the November election to take place first, we urge the U.S. Senate to postpone any effort to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court until 2021.
Petition to United States Supreme Court, United States Senate, Mitch McConnell
Uphold RBG's Last wishes
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a feminist icon. She was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. In her time on the Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer advocate for women’s rights, who in her ninth decade became a much younger generation’s cultural icon. She was 87 when she passed away Friday the 18th. The first goal of this petition is to help Americans voice the desire to uphold RBG's last wishes. "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed" -RBG. The second goal of this petition is to stop Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump from pushing for a new Supreme Court Justice. Senate Majority Leader McConnell released a statement saying that "President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate". Please support this so the principles of our democracy are upheld.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, President of the United States
Delay the SCOTUS Nomination Until AFTER the 2020 Presidential Election
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dedicated her entire life to the pursuit of justice in our country. Her dying wish to her granddaughter was that she would not be replaced until a new President is installed - in honor of her great contributions to this country, we have a responsibility to protect her legacy. Remembering her impact should be a NONpartisan issue. Instead, Sen. McConnell has already moved ahead in using her death as a political tool to obtain an extreme court majority for his party, in an unprecedented timeframe before the November election. McConnell refused to vote on Merrick Garland's nomination under Obama back in 2016 - now, not only is he eager to put another conservative in the SCOTUS, but he is trampling RBG's will mere minutes after her death. It's a different type of crime that RBG's devastating passing has so quickly turned into a partisan battle. McConnell clearly has no respect in her wishes, as he will go to any length in order to boost the reelection campaign and gain unchecked power for his party across the three branches. Once a nominee is officially chosen by the POTUS (he has a shortlist) the Senate Judiciary Committee will procceed confirmation, which can continue to be delayed by committee members until after the election. With your signatures, we can demand that senate committe members delay confirmation and/or refuse to vote well in advance. We owe it to her, to ourselves, and to this country's remaining democracy to continue the fight for justice. This is just the start, though. Call your senators. Vote. If we all live just a little bit like she did, advocating for justice with every last breath, our country will transform. "Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." - Rest in Power, RBG. We will make you proud.
Petition to Cory Gardner, U.S. Senate
Tell Cory Gardner No Vote on New Supreme Court Justice Until After Presidential Election
The death of legislative and feminist icon Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg comes during a difficult and consequential time in American history. In addition, to the public health and economic crises, because of the global pandemic, we are also experiencing social unrest due to decades of unchecked racism and the humanitarian crisis at the border. However, we can not let this tragedy halt uniting us and we can not let an appointee be nominated before the US people have had their opportunity to speak during this election cycle. Justice Ginsburg spent her life championing equality for all people and it would be dishonorable to her legacy to rush the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice without due process. This is not a political issue, it is not an argument of right vs. left, this is about the foundational value that the government represents the views and values of the people. The people will speak on November 4th and elected representatives must wait to hear what the people want before a new nominee is selected to America's highest court. The Supreme Court does not serve any one party, it serves to champion the rights of the American people and its views should be representative of the views of ALL Americans. Therefore, Senator Gardner, we are asking you to publicly promise to vote no on any Supreme Court Justice nominations until after the new Senate convenes on January 3rd, 2021.
Petition to United States Supreme Court, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Kappa Deltas Against Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been nominated by President Trump to replace RBG's seat on the Supreme Court. Her beliefs are detrimental to the progress Ruth Bader Ginsburg created for women in this country and she has a history of ruling in favor of her personal beliefs. Additionally, it is my personal opinion that she is being used pushed into the Supreme Court so that Trump can challenge the election results and bring it to the Supreme Court, knowing that she will rule in his favor. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. It is clear that many members believe her to be a threat to our own livelihoods as well as to the future generations. In the case of Doe vs. Purdue, Amy Coney Barrett suggested that the man who had been found guilty of sexual violence had been discriminated against due to his gender. How will this effect her very own Kappa Delta sisters that pledge every year? In a 2007 study, it revealed 84% of female sexual assault survivors were attacked in their first four semesters of college. Would Amy Coney Barrett protect our youngest members in a Supreme Court case? It is clear that Amy Coney Barrett does not intend to defend the rights of marginalized peoples. This has a direct effect on every current and future member of Kappa Delta- many of whom belong to or are allies of BIPOC and LGBQT+ communities. Sister Laura(@llbean618) tweets, "I am a Kappa Delta. To be honorable, beautiful and highest is to respect HUMAN RIGHTS. It means to stand up for women's rights. It means to support BIPOC, LGBQT+, using my privelege to help move in a different direction. ACB does not represent me or KD values as a whole." We cannot acknowledge an accomplishment that takes one step forward but sends us 100 steps back. As Kappa Deltas, we swore an oath to hold each other to that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest; to build confidence in women and inspire them to action. Take action today, and make your voice heard. Sign this petition to show that we denounce the nomination of our own Kappa Delta sister, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. 2007 study: https://www.knowyourix.org/issues/statistics/#:~:text=Prevalence&text=84%25%20of%20female%20survivors%20report,red%20zone'%20on%20college%20campuses.&text=13%25%20of%20women%20report%20being%20stalked%20during%20their%20time%20in%20college
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court
Introduce Amendments to Stop Political Abuse of Supreme Court Justices/Other Nominations
These are bipartisan issues even if they mention the Supreme Courts recent nomination. Since the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the fighting the has ensued about the filling of the seat she left, has brought to light problems that needs to be addressed. Joe Biden had said in a 1992 Senate floor speech -- when there were no high court vacancies to fill -- that "once the political season is under way, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over." In 2016, after the death of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," 11 months before the election and before a nomination was announced. Following the election and signing in of the new republican president the nomination moved forward and was rejected. The Supreme Court seat was then filled by the new president's nominee. Now in 2020, we witness as that same Majority Leader changes positions. With only 47 days until the election (average time for a nominations review is 67 days according to the Congressional Research Service) he tries to rush through a nomination and fill late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's empty Supreme Court seat. The Supreme Court is expected to be a nonpartisan group. Yet with these actions alone McConnell has clearly shown that he is trying to fill the court with justices that have personal views aligned closer to his party. To combat this abuse of our Supreme Court system amendments should be added to the Appointment Clause. The Supreme Court is an itegral part of the US system. The act of tabling a nomination and leaving a court seat open interferes with that system and its rulings. - The first amendment should introduce a maximum amount of time of 3 months before a Supreme Court Justice nomination has to be addressed. The election is when the people let their voices be heard. Near the end of their term a president, if they have senate support, could send their nominations straight through. Even while the people are voting for the next term's president. This allows the people to have more control over the system instead of parties - The second amendment should set a cut-off point of 6 months before elections for Supreme Court nominations. To keep our system from devolving into a gridlocked state, and to try and keep it fair for everyone. We can't allow rejections based purely on party views, even more so when it comes down to judicial appointments. Justices swear to judge by interpretation of the constitution, not personal beliefs. While those beliefs can affect a justice's interpretation, blocking worthy nominees because of them only politicises the court more. Nominees should be considered solely on experience and merit. The third and last amendment should require that the reasons for rejection or acceptance of all nominations are thoroughly explained to combat partisanship.
Petition to Cory A. Booker, Kamala Harris, Charles E. Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, Dianne Feinstein, Patrick J. Leahy, Christopher A. Coons, Mazie K. Hirono, Richard J. Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Amy Klobuchar, Richard Blumenthal, Mark R. Warner
Restore Fairness to the Supreme Court
In 2016 the hyper-partisan system for selecting Supreme Court justices was not merely abused by Mitch McConnell, it was broken. Solution:A bi-partisan committee of Senate moderates consisting of 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans should be convened to select 8 pairs of nominees (1 Democratic selection and 1 Republican selection) along with a 9th pair consisting of 1 Democratic selection and Justice Merrick Brian Garland. These 18 nominees will then be provided to President Biden for nomination to the Senate - to be voted on in pairs as noted above. Refusal by the Republicans to participate would only cede their selections to the Democrats. Objective:With this truly bi-partisan expansion from 9 Justices to 27; past wrongs would be largely undone, the potency and ensuing rancor of future selections would be greatly reduced and equilibrium to the bench would be not just restored, but made stable for the first time in living memory. Should Democrats succeed in reclaiming leadership of both the White House and the Senate, we call on them to prioritize not just working to heal the rifts and divisions that so threaten our republic, but to correct and remedy the system and procedures that encouraged those divisions in the first place. (As desperately as we need your signatures it's the sharing of this petition with your friends and, if you're able, helping to promote it that gives us our best chance at success!)
Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio
Rename the Brooklyn Municipal Building for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
This past August marked the 25th anniversary of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg's elevation to the nation’s highest court. At the time, she was only the second woman to sit on the Court and she has been a trailblazer and hero to many ever since. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn where she was raised and attended New York City public schools until she graduated from James Madison High School in the Madison neighborhood of Brooklyn. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and finished first in her class at Columbia Law School. From there she began a distinguished legal career as a leading advocate for women’s rights, co-founding the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) before beginning her distinguished career on the bench. The life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a quintessential New York story. She grew up in Flatbush, the daughter of Jewish immigrants. Despite family tragedies that struck Justice Ginsburg early in life, including the death of her six-year old sister and early passing of her mother Celia, she rose to the apex of her profession, staying true to her ideals and principles. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become an icon, affectionately referred to as the “Notorious RBG.” In an era where popular culture puts performing artists and sports stars on a public pedestal, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has risen to incredible levels of iconic admiration and love. Society often waits to recognize a lifetime of accomplishment until after that lifetime ends. In this case, we can honor the life and service of Ruth Bader Ginsburg during what we hope will be a long and active remaining life. It is our understanding that an executive action by the Office of the Mayor is all that is needed to rename a public building, similar to the action you took to rename the Manhattan Municipal Building in honor of former Mayor David Dinkins. With this understanding, we urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to rename Joralemon Street’s Brooklyn Municipal Building for the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.