On Friday, with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we lost an American hero, one who overcame deeply entrenched gender discrimination in our society and our legal system to become one of the most important and influential civil rights lawyers, judges, and Supreme Court justices in our nation’s history.  Her life’s work and her legacy have advanced the cause of equality, justice, and democracy as few others have, and made America a better place for all of us.

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are determined to destroy that legacy, pressing ahead in their bid to fill the Supreme Court vacancy just weeks before the November election. This from the same Mitch McConnell who refused to even allow a hearing for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee in March 2016, claiming that eight months was too close to the 2016 election. To stop this shameless effort and to protect the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we have joined a coalition of national organizations to declare that any Trump nomination to the Supreme Court this year would be illegitimate and must be stopped. 

We need all hands on deck to stop Trump’s illegitimate Supreme Court nomination. Call your Senators at (202) 899-8938 and demand that they use all of their procedural power to reject this assault on our democracy.

Our friends at Demand Progress have created this tool for us to make our voices heard before the US Senate at this critical moment. When you call this number, you will hear a suggested script for your calls to your two Senators and to Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader. Just press the star button on your phone after leaving a message for a Senate office and you will automatically be transferred to the next Senate office.

Winning means protecting the incredible legacy of Justice Ginsburg and preventing McConnell from transforming the nation’s highest court against the wishes of the American people.  But, to win, we need senators to do everything in their power to block Trump’s nomination, including shutting down all business in the US Senate, if necessary.

A recent poll showed that sixty-two percent of American adults want the winner of the next election to pick Justice Ginsburg’s replacement. It’s time to make our voices heard.

Call your Senators at (202) 899-8938 and demand that they block Trump’s illegitimate attempt to fill the Supreme Court vacancy this year.

Together we can fight back and protect the integrity of our nation’s highest court and our democracy.

—Ben Clements 

Chair, Free Speech For People