It's Ruth Bader Ginsburg Day in the Twin Cities

The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul have proclaimed the day in honor of the late RBG.
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Monday is "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Day" in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued a joint proclamation, recognizing Sept. 21 as a day to honor the late Supreme Court Justice who died from pancreatic cancer on Friday at age 87.

"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired lawyers, elected leaders, and residents on a scale unmatched by any Supreme Court Justice in modern history, as evidenced by the universal recognition of her initials, 'RBG,'" the join proclamation said. 

The mayors continued to praise RBG's "legacy as a trailblazer" for women and others in her 27 years as a Supreme Court Justice as well as her time as a litigator in which she fought for gender equity, voting, housing rights and racial justice. 

The proclamation also dove into what will surely be a divisive issue for the remainder of the 2020 presidential election – who should name her replacement – saying: "In keeping with her last wish, the people of our Twin Cities will advocate for Justice Ginsburg’s replacement to be named by a president whose commitment to justice and human rights reflects her own."

Ginsburg, in a statement dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera before she died, said, "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," NPR reports, though President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have committed to filling the vacancy "without delay."

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Flags at half-staff

Meanwhile, flags at all state and federal buildings throughout Minnesota are being flown at half-staff in honor of Ginsburg. Gov. Tim Walz on Friday ordered them all to be lowered until sunset on the day of Ginsburg's funeral, and encouraged businesses, individuals and organizations to do the same. 

“Few Americans have done as much for the cause of equality as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Walz said. “She broke glass ceilings at every turn. She envisioned and implemented a humane and progressive interpretation of the law. She changed this country for the better.”

Ginsburg, born March 15, 1933, was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice on Aug. 10, 1993 having been nominated by President Bill Clinton, marking the second woman and first Jewish woman to serve on the bench.

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan praised her legal career, saying: “In her legal career and her tenure on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion for women in the workplace, in health care, and as equal partners in our country’s future.

"We are all better because of her. I am devastated by her loss," she added. 

Plans for Ginsburg's funeral haven't been announced, but she's expected to lie in repose at the Supreme Court, according to the New York Times.

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