CEDAR RAPIDS — One day after her death, a crowd of nearly 100 people gathered to honor the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in front of the Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids.
Ginsburg died Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, of complications from pancreatic cancer after serving since 1993 as the second woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Local activist organizations including Indivisible Iowa, Advocates for Social Justice and Progress Iowa hosted a candlelight vigil Saturday, Sept. 19, to honor her trailblazing life.
Speakers included Executive Director Stefanie Munsterman-Scriven of the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission; State Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Cedar Rapids; State Rep. Liz Bennett, D-Cedar Rapids; Cedar Rapids City Council member Ashley Vanorny; Gazette columnist Lyz Lenz and Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, with live music by Barbara Francisco.
All expressed a sense of loss at Ginsburg’s death, just weeks before the presidential election, but a determination to continue her legacy.
“The dissents of today becomes the prevailing opinions of tomorrow,” Bennett said, quoting Ginsburg.
Finkenauer said Ginsburg can be honored by “never taking our democracy or justice for granted.”
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