Yes, I’m going to ask you for more during this holiday season. Your time, not your money.
Our legislative session is very short in 2015, and its coming soon. We must try to move the ERA to floor of the House of Delegates for a public vote.
The bill to ratify the ERA is buried in the Governance Committee where Delegates can vote not to bring it to the floor, but not suffer the consequences of that vote. Committee votes don’t get recorded.
Through December and the session in Jan-Feb, I will send CC emails giving you the following:
Names, emails, Facebook pages, Twitters, and phone numbers for relevant federal and state representatives;
Suggested talking points/messages/tweets for your interactions;
Links and hashtags and all that jazz to help you get yourself and others connected to these efforts.
Our goal is to contact EVERY SINGLE MEMBER of the recalcitrant House of Delegates and US House of Representatives to demand ratification. In VA, to being the bill to the floor and vote in public. In Congress, to lift the arbitrary ratification deadline.
You’ll get a handful of names every week. Contact as many as you have time for — ideally 5 or 6. They will be from all districts. Members must hear from all Virginians — not just from their carefully drawn districts of like-minded voters — because this is a national issue. Members of our coalition partners will making contact as well — it will not be just us out there.
This “hear from all” approach is not conventional, I know. But convention is obviously not working for us.
We need their attention and action. Business as usual simply has not and will get women into the Constitution. We’re feminists. We go way beyond convention, and we will do so now.
To join this action in VA, and get updates about work in other states too,please choose one of the sign-up options at the left. Both of those will get you the same updates, so just choose one. Emails/updates will come regularly.
I don’t want to bother all our contacts, every week, for the next few months. I know not all of you are interested in ratifying the ERA.
Lots of other issues also need work, and VA NOW wants to respect your interests and your time.
Just note that for the next few weeks, I will send these emails to most of our lists. They will all have the subject line “ERA Campaign.” I’m only doing that to give as many as possible the chance to catch one of these emails and sign-up for the dedicated list or blog updates.
I wish you and yours health, happiness, and equality in the new year!