ERA, Make or Break Vote Tues 9am, then maybe at 4pm

CORRECTED!! ERA, SJ216 TO SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS, 9 AM TUESDAY, THIRD FLOOR EAST CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE GA.

IF SUCCESSFUL, BILL WILL MOVE THROUGH TO P&E (as below) AT 4 PM.

BOTH COMMITTEES NEED CONTACT FROM US, FROM AS MANY EQUALITY SUPPORTERS AS POSSIBLE.

CORRECTED COMMITTEE AND CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.

Progress! Hurray! The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee has the ERA on its docket forTUESDAY, JANUARY 27TH AT 3 PM. All the Twitters and the email contacts below are focused for this committee and this vote on Tuesday.

Advocates from the whole WEA Coalition will be on hand to encourage these fine folks to approve SJ216  and move on to a vote in the Senate.

This vote makes or breaks the ERA for this year, advocates. No here means no cross-over, no vote in the House of Delegates. Done.

We need ERA YES on TUESDAY!!

Dems, Miller and Alexander need our support.

GOP, Martin, Smith, Reed, and Garrett (Chair) are not supportive. They must be papered with emails, tweets, phone calls.  We might be outvoted 4 to 2.  

NO HIDDEN VOTES ON CIVIL RIGHTS.
SJ216 MUSS PASS THROUGH.

Chair Vogel, of the P&E is very supportive of the Equal Rights Amendment.Though a Republican, and not with us on matters of choice, she has stated to Women Matter that she’ll staunchly support the bill.

Please be sure to email/tweet/call your support to her and thank for standing for standing with women for equality.

If you want to join our advocates at the General Assembly, they’re meeting at Senate Room A. Please,RSVP to this Facebook event.

ERAAction will lead an online campaign to tweet and message the committee: their Twitter, and their Facebook. Of course, we’ll be lighting up our social media on Monday and Tuesday, too.

To email the Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee and demand SJ216 pass through and move toward a public and proud vote in the Senate on this essential matter of civil rights for women. No hidden vote will be acceptable to the women of the Commonwealth.

Copy this list in your To Line: 

“Tom Garrett” <district22@senate.virginia.gov>, “Kenneth Alexander” <district05@senate.virginia.gov>, “John Miller” <district01@senate.virginia.gov>, “Bill Carrico” <district40@senate.virginia.gov>, “Steve Martin” <district11@senate.virginia.gov>, “Raplh Smith” <ralphsmithsenate@cox.net>, “Bryce Reeves” <district17@senate.virginia.gov>
Dems, Miller and Alexander need our support.
GOP, Martin, Smith, Reeves, and Garrett (Chair)
all unfriendly

Sample Text:
Dear Chairperson Garret and Honorable Members of the Subcommittee,I write simply to insist that SJ216 – on the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment -pass through and move toward a public and proud vote in the Senate on this essential matter of civil rights for women. No hidden vote will be acceptable to the women of the Commonwealth, and your support of women’s essential constitutional equality will be well remembered.

Women are not yet fully recognized citizens in the Constitution. That’s why we have this patch work of laws “protecting” us. We are not otherwise fully enfranchised citizens assure of our civil rights.The 14th Amendment to the Constitution is often cited as a reason not to pass the ERA because it provides equality, thus making the ERA no longer necessary (and one that Virginian legislators often point to). Unfortunately, Section 2 of the 14th Amendment goes to deliberate lengths to exclude women,  with the wording male citizen and male inhabitant 3. Exclusion of women from the 14th was carefully designed. The 19th Amendment would not have been necessary to give females the right to vote, had the 14th Amendment been written more inclusively.

The simplest route to reducing the number of public school children living in poverty — which interferes with learning — is to pay their mothers equally.

The Congress has passed four laws since the 1963 Equal Pay Act, in attempts to assure women pay equity in the workplace. All of these leave the burden on women to discover inequality and sue for compensation, rather than on the employer to be on the bright side of the law. The Equal Rights Amendment would give force to these laws. It would reduce the number of civil cases of women seeking compensation for lost wages. The ERA would assure women and families of an average increase of 23% more income–more in communities of color, where women earn as little as 64 cents to a white man’s dollar. Most of these women are mothers, and that missing  pay a real hardship for their children, leading to long-term educational deficits. This missing annual income also negatively affects women’s 401(k) contributions, and the Social Security they are saving for themselves. The ERA would increase middle class economic power in the present, put American school children in a better position to learn,  and reduce the number of economically stressed or poor senior citizens (most of whom are women) in the future.

There is no downside to this amendment. I invite you to read further on its benefits here: Virginia ERA Network.

With my thanks for your service to Commonwealth,

Your Name
Your Address

 *  *  *  *

Now, we also need to continue to contact the P&E Committee, which may get the bill at 4 pm Tuesday afternoon.
To email the (corrected) Senate Privileges and Elections Committee and ask them to move forward on ratification of the ERA, SJ216, here’s the email addresses and a sample text:Copy this list into your To line:

“Jill Holtzman Vogel” <district27@senate.virginia.gov >, “Bill Carrico” <district40@senate.virginia.gov>, “Creigh Deeds” <district25@senate.virginia.gov>, “Janet Howell” <district32@senate.virginia.gov>, “Steve Martin” <district11@senate.virginia.gov>, “Mark Obenshain” <district26@senate.virginia.gov>, “Bryce Reeves” <district17@senate.virginia.gov>, “John Edwards” <district21@senate.virginia.gov>, “A. Donald McEachin”  <district09@senate.virginia.gov>, “Ralph K. Smith” <district19@senate.virginia.gov>, “Thomas Garrett” <district22@senate.virginia.gov>, “Kenneth Alexander” <district05@senate.virginia.gov>, “John Miller” <district01@senate.virginia.gov>,”John Cosgrove” <district14@senate.virginia.gov>, “Rosalyn Dance” <district16@senate.virginia.gov>
The Senate Privileges and Elections committee 
meets when the senate is in session, 
Tuesday, 4:00 P.M. – Senate Room A 
in the General Assembly Building at 9th and Broad.
Sample Text:
Dear Chairperson Vogel and Honorable Members of the Committee,
I write to urge you to support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in 2015 (SJ216). The Equal Rights Amendment is a civil rights and economic stability issue for all women and communities in Virginia — and the nation.Women are not yet fully recognized citizens in the Constitution. That’s why we have this patch work of laws “protecting” us. We are not otherwise fully enfranchised citizens assure of our civil rights.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution is often cited as a reason not to pass the ERA because it provides equality, thus making the ERA no longer necessary (and one that Virginian legislators often point to). Unfortunately, Section 2 of the 14th Amendment goes to deliberate lengths to exclude women,  with the wording male citizen and male inhabitant 3. Exclusion of women from the 14th was carefully designed. The 19th Amendment would not have been necessary to give females the right to vote, had the 14th Amendment been written more inclusively.

The simplest route to reducing the number of public school children living in poverty — which interferes with learning — is to pay their mothers equally.

The Congress has passed four laws since the 1963 Equal Pay Act, in attempts to assure women pay equity in the workplace. All of these leave the burden on women to discover inequality and sue for compensation, rather than on the employer to be on the bright side of the law. The Equal Rights Amendment would give force to these laws. It would reduce the number of civil cases of women seeking compensation for lost wages. The ERA would assure women and families of an average increase of 23% more income–more in communities of color, where women earn as little as 64 cents to a white man’s dollar. Most of these women are mothers, and that missing  pay a real hardship for their children, leading to long-term educational deficits. This missing annual income also negatively affects women’s 401(k) contributions, and the Social Security they are saving for themselves. The ERA would increase middle class economic power in the present, put American school children in a better position to learn,  and reduce the number of economically stressed or poor senior citizens (most of whom are women) in the future.

There is no downside to this amendment. I invite you to read further on its benefits here: Virginia ERA Network.

I ask that you encourage and support your colleagues in the Senate, and especially the House of the Delegates, to bring the ERA to the floor for a public and affirmative vote for ratification. No matter of American’s civil rights should dealt with in secret. Stand proudly by your positions on women’s equality.

Work progresses, the meanwhile,  to lift the arbitrary deadline in the US Congress. The states wait for Congress. Congress waits for the states. Virginia could be the state to bring all American women out of this catch-22. At long last, it could be Virginia that makes all the difference for women.Let Virginia be a proud leader for civil rights and economic stability in the 21st Century.

Women belong in the Constitution. It’s time.
With my thanks for your service,
Your Name
Your Address
(*) (*) (*)
To comment publicly on the Senate bill: click here.

To tweet the Senate:@VASenate
To tweet the Senate GOP:@VASenateGOP
To tweet the Senate Dems: @VASenateDems

To Tweet the P&E Committee (a complicated group, indeed):

@JillVogel    @KennyAlexander    @BillCarrico  @CreighDeeds   @MarkObenshain

@Donald_McEachin    @ReevesVA    @JohnMillerforVA    @JohnCosgroveVA

Could not locate Twitters for Janet Howell, Steve Martin, John Edwards, Ralph Smith, Tom Garrett.

Sample Tweets:

SJ216 to the floor in 2015. No hidden votes on #civilrights issues. Stand by your vote. #‎DemandERA‬ ‪#‎ERAyesVA‬#EqualRightsAmendment is income equality, civil rights, family stability. Tell your peers to join you to#‎DemandERA‬ ‪#‎ERAyesVA‬

Support & vote for SJ216, encourage colleagues. #CivilRights for women cannot wait another year! #‎DemandERA‬ ‪#‎ERAyesVA‬

#14thAmendment does not cover ♀  #EqualRightsAmendment extends 14th to ♀ . Plz inform colleagues. #‎DemandERA‬ ‪#‎ERAyesVA‬

Repeat as often as possible. 
With my thanks for your patience, and my great hope for success on Tuesday!
Simone Roberts — Web Editor / Historian / ERA Coordinator — VA NOW
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