The Washington Post: Ginsburg’s vision led us to a better America. We can do the same.

The Washington Post, September 2020, Ginsburg’s vision led us to a better America. We can do the same.

Justice Ginsburg’s legacy reveals the time she spent serving the nation and broadening the circle of inclusion. Justice Ginsburg is known for her work advancing women’s rights. Ginsburg’s legacy also extends to her advocacy for equal citizenship that extends to men, racial minorities, people with disabilities, and workers.

Goodwin Liu is an associate justice of the California Supreme Court. He clerked for Justice Ginsburg during the 2000-2001 Supreme Court term.

If you are looking for inspiration while mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I recommend her 1993 confirmation hearing. Her testimony provides a master class on our Constitution’s origins and how our nation has grown to become more inclusive and free.

Ginsburg introduced herself as “a Brooklynite, born and bred — a first-generation American on my father’s side, barely second-generation on my mother’s.” “What has become of me could happen only in America,” she said, reflecting on her modest upbringing by parents who lacked the means to attend college. “Like so many others, I owe so much to the entry this nation afforded to people yearning to breathe free.”

Throughout her life, Ginsburg repaid that faith by serving our nation and widening its circle of inclusion. She is best known for her work advancing women’s rights. But that work was part of a more powerful whole, a vision of equal citizenship that extended to men, racial minorities, people with disabilities and workers.

Her successes as founding director of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project are memorialized in case law, as is her signature accomplishment on the bench: her 1996 opinion declaring unconstitutional the Virginia Military Institute’s refusal to admit women. “Generalizations about ‘the way women are,’?” Ginsburg wrote, cannot be used “to create or perpetuate the legal, social, and economic inferiority of ­women.”

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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