Hawaii residents are invited to participate in the RBG Hawaii Day of Action, a community-led effort of individuals and organizations celebrating and commemorating the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG).
Starting on Saturday, Oct. 17, and continuing through Friday, Oct. 23, community organizers are calling for a week of action that includes 27 actions representing the 27 years RBG served on the Supreme Court, where she fought for equality and an America where people could live free from discrimination with equal opportunity for all.
On Sunday, Oct. 18, the public is invited to participate in a Biden/Harris caravan through Ala Moana and Waikiki. Meet at 1:30 p.m. at Kakaako Waterfront Park. The caravan will begin at 2 p.m.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 8 p.m., take part in a virtual Wine Wednesday RBG Hawaii film discussion. Before Wednesday and on your own time, watch the film “On the Basis of Sex” that can be found on Amazon Prime or Sling. Then grab a glass of wine (or your favorite beverage) and join us for a one-hour Zoom discussion about the 2018 biopic of the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her life partner Martin D. Ginsburg. Discussion to be moderated by attorney Becky Gardner. Register online here.
This week of action will culminate on Saturday, Oct. 24, with the RBG Hawaii Day of Action, where individuals will be encouraged to participate in:
- 3 to 6 p.m. Drive-by flower and lei drop-off at YWCA Oahu Laniakea, 1040 Richards St.,
- 3 to 4 p.m. Virtual “get out the vote” phone banking led by the Hawaii Democratic Women’s Caucus (RSVP here),
- 5 to 6:30 p.m. Ridin’ with Biden caravan that begins at Kakaako Waterfront Park and proceeds through Waikiki and past the Hawaii State Capitol,
- 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Virtual “get out the vote” phone banking led by Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii (RSVP here), and
- 6:30 to 7 p.m. In-person candlelight vigil and virtual via livestream.
Todd “Estria” Johnson, co-founder of The Estria Foundation, has agreed to create a canvas piece in honor of RBG for the RBG Hawaii Day of Action. Flowers collected throughout the day will be arranged, along with Estria’s canvas piece, to form the center piece of the evening candlelight vigil.
Jaime Cunnane, Hawaii State Teachers Association staff member, donated a multimedia portrait of RBG (pictured below) that will be featured at the flower and lei drop-off and the candlelight vigil, and will be auctioned off at a future event to support ACLU Hawaii and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.
She said, “When Justice Ginsburg passed, the weight of this year felt particularly heavy, and it was during that week that I felt a sense of urgency to create something to honor RBG. I wanted to highlight her iconic look—glasses, earrings, collar—using decorative washi paper while keeping the rest of the watercolor subtle and the outlines strong.
“I created this piece with the intention of selling, so that anything it sold for would be donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Both organizations are vital to protecting rights in general, and specifically women’s rights and reproductive rights. If there was ever a time to band together and ensure her legacy lives on, it is now.”