Vigil honors Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Candles pierced the darkness Saturday night as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death hit home.

“Finding out was numbing,” said organizer Jennifer Douglas of the RI Women’s Action Initiative. “I haven’t even had a minute to grieve and really comprehend it.”

That’s why the candlelight vigil outside the state Supreme Court brought attendees who wanted to recognize her legacy as a trailblazer for the rights of women and minorities.

“I’m an engineer,” said Sarah Haupt of Cranston. “I’m a woman in a very male-dominated field. I wouldn’t have my job if it weren’t for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I feel like I owe her.”

Haupt is among those concerned that the discussion has already turned to politics, when she says all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, can respect Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s intellect and devotion to the country.

“She was such a tremendous person for our country, and it’s just such a sad loss,” she said. “We lost something so important, and it needs to be acknowledged. Ruth Bader Ginsburg really fought against hate in so many ways. And we just need that right now.”

Organizers say the focus right now is mourning, but that they encourage all Americans to soon turn their focus to voting.

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