1. 134 nations contain constitutional provisions guaranteeing gender equality under the law. 80 percent of Americans incorrectly believe the U.S. Constitution already does. It does not. On March 22nd, 2017, in a currently symbolic move, Nevada voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a U.S. constitutional amendment proposal that passed Congress in the 1970s. However, the ERA fell three states short of the necessary 38 state ratifications by the 1982 deadline.
With three of those missing states poised to ratify the amendment this year or next, legislation introduced in Congress would eliminate that 1982 deadline — potentially paving way for the amendment’s passage. Congress can extend or eliminate the deadline retroactively and bring passage of the ERA back to the table. S.J. Res. 5 and H.J. Res. 53 have been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA14) to eliminate the deadline for ratification. If the bill passes, then as long as 38 states ratify the amendment at any point, it would become part of the Constitution.
And with two states left to go, this isn’t a theoretical question. Advocates point to Illinois and Virginia as two states potentially likely to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this year or next. Contact Goodlatte to tell him to support this resolution.
- Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I am contacting Representative Goodlatte to support House Joint Resolution 53, which is currently in a subcommittee of the Judicial Committee. Congressman Goodlatte called a different resolution a “feel good piece” in his meeting with three people at the Staunton office last week, but this Resolution sets the stage for the US to join 134 nations contain constitutional provisions guaranteeing gender equality under the law. We are decades behind in doing so, and Goodlatte should support this measure to correct the glaring deficit. Thank you.”
2. There is a reciprocal resolution in the Senate, SJ.Res 5. Please contact Senators Kaine and Warner to ask for their support as well.
- Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manasses 703–361–3192, Roanoke 540–682–5693, Virginia Beach 757–518–1674, Richmond 804–771–2221, Abingdon 276–525–4790, Danville 434-792–0976, and his contact form is here.
- Warner: Washington DC 202-224-2023, Roanoke 540-857-2676, Abingdon 276-628-8158, Norfolk 757-441-3079, Richmond 804-775-2314, Vienna 703-442-0670. His “Submit Comment” form is here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I am contacting the senator to ask him to support Senate Joint Resolution 5, removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment. This Resolution sets the stage for the US to join 134 nations contain constitutional provisions guaranteeing gender equality under the law. We are decades behind in doing so, and I ask the senator to support this measure to correct the glaring deficit. Thank you.”
3. Moral Monday – 6:00-7:00pm – Men’s Green Thumb Park
We will be focusing on making sure people know they need to be registered to vote by May 22nd in order to participate in the Primary Election happening on June 13th. Please feel free to bring signs promoting voter registration and bring a friend! There is handicap accessible parking available. We may also park at Marks and Harrison across the street from the event.
4. UPCOMING EVENTS – Saturday & Sunday – VA6CD Indivisible Synergy Summits
On 4/6, in Luray – 1p-5:30p Performing Arts Center of Luray; on 4/7, in Lexington – 1p-5:30p Virginia Horse Center
487 Maury River Road, Lexington, VA 24450. This Two-Day Summit is focused on building relationships and collaboration in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District. Anyone interested is welcome. Facebook event is here.