Over 100 people gathered on the steps of the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Downtown Long Beach to honor the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.
Jacqui Viale, a member of Long Beach Resister Sisters, said the group just wanted to come together to feel the loss of Ginsburg, who she described as a “legal giant.”
Those who attended held signs, lit candles and recited a Kaddish, a Hebrew prayer for the dead, and sang “We Shall Overcome.”
“If you are upset take action,” said Jim Dowding, 62, a Long Beach resident and Long Beach Unified School District high school teacher.
Constance Jackson, left, and Michele Patterson lead the group in a verse of “We Shall Overcome.” pic.twitter.com/WXcsFNV3Ct
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Ginsburg, who was 87, died at her Washington home of complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court announced late Friday.
Viale said the event was not intended as a protest over Republican promises to push through a new nominee before the Nov. 3 election, but some who gathered said they were discouraged by the prospect.
President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, signaled they would try to seize the opportunity to name and confirm Ginsburg’s successor in the final days of Trump’s first term.
“The best thing we can do to honor Ruth’s memory is to go forward and fight like hell,” Viale said.
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