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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

48 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

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

Fiona Woodburn
13,561 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

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.

Ian Serra
20 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

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!)

Courting Fairness
116 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

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.

Eric Adams
104,083 supporters