Yesterday we lost a phenomenal human, a pathbreaking woman, a feminist hero, and a stalwart champion of justice for all.

I’m heartbroken at the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as I know you are too. And I’m so grateful for the life she lived and for the extraordinary work she did in that lifetime.

And as we mourn her loss and celebrate her incredible legacy, all of us who care about justice and democracy must also fight like hell to defend and expand that legacy.

Justice Ginsburg blazed a trail for gender justice and the equal treatment of women and LGBTQ people. And in her 27 years of service on our nation’s highest court she held steadily to a conviction that our Constitution is there to protect the rights of all, especially those who are vulnerable to the whims of the powerful.

As a lawyer Ginsburg set a shining example of what it means to advocate fiercely for those who have been left out of the protections of the law. She inspired countless others to fight for justice – including all of us at GLAD.

It’s that inspiration that we must follow now.

It’s time for every one of us to act.

Ginsburg told her granddaughter her dying wish was that she not be replaced on the Court until the next presidential term begins.

Contact your Senators now and tell them to honor that wish, and the will of the American people.

We are fewer than two months out from an election in which we will determine the direction we want for our country – and votes are already being cast.

Tell your Senators and Majority Leader McConnell: a lifetime seat on our nation’s highest court cannot be decided without we, the people, having a chance to choose.

The consequences of this election could not be more important. After you contact your senators, make sure you and everyone you know has made your plan to vote and to fight like hell to protect our free and fair elections.

Justice Ginsburg fought every day of her life to move our country closer to being the nation of equals we aspire to be. We owe it to her, to our country, and to ourselves to keep up her fight in every way we can.

We’re ready to fight. Are you with us?