PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Dozens of Rhode Islanders lined the State House steps Friday night with candles for a silent vigil honoring the memory of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Rep. Teresa Tanzi tweeted soon after Ginsburg’s death, inviting all Rhode Islanders to attend.
“Bring a candle and join us there,” she said. “Tonight we honor her work and life, tomorrow we fight to protect her legacy.”
Several Rhode Island lawmakers, including advocate for women’s rights and longtime state Rep. Edith Ajello, joined Tanzi at the State House, where people took turns speaking about the impact Ginsburg had on their lives.
Tanzi tells 12 News that she knew she had to do something when she heard of Ginsburg’s death.
“It was an overwhelming sense of needing to do something,” Tanzi said. “I said ‘Well let’s gather and honor the life that she had and the inspiration that she’s been to so many people.'”
Providence resident Bridget Eileen attended the vigil and said with the loss of Ginsburg, “it’s time for us to fight like hell.”
“For Ruth, for the country that we love and for everything that she stands for and everything that we stand for,” she explained.
Tanzi condemned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Ginsburg prior to the upcoming election.
“The man hardly waited for her family to have an hour to grieve before he made the decision to ram someone through the process and have another justice confirmed,” Tanzi said.