Below you will find Action Items, listed in order of priority. And, you can text President Biden daily at 302-404-0880, telling him to publish the Equal Rights Amendment. They catalogue the issues!
URGENT ACTION NEEDED - CALL US SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPPORT ERA NOW RESOLUTIONS
On July 13th, Representative Cori Bush and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference to announce their joint resolution, calling for the immediate publication of the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th Amendment. There was excellent coverage in the New York Times making clear that this is a political, not legal issue, and Senator Gillibrand noted that President Biden can get it done today.
We have been working to garner additional support for Representative Bush's resolution, H.J.Res.82, and Senator Gillibrand's resolution, S.J.Res.39. The resolutions currently are sponsored by 67 Representives and 22 Senators.
We need your help. Please call these Senators and your own US Representative, which you may find HERE. You may also write on their contact pages. Please ask them to co-sponsor Senator Gillibrand's and Representative Bush's ERA Now Resolutions (S.J.Res.39 and H.J.Res.82, respectively) calling for the immediate publication of the Equal Rights Amendment as it is desperately needed today to guarantee equal protection for women, girls & LGBTQ+ people, protect reproductive rights, and stop the ever-increasing attacks against our rights. We cannot afford to wait any longer. It is time for President Biden to get it done.
EMAIL AND TEXT THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT
On Election Day, voters sent a clear, bipartisan message -- women's rights, equality and democracy are top priorities. This presents a unique opportunity to make a final push to get the Equal Rights Amendment over the finish line. We are working with federal and state elected officials, unions, medical associations, and legal professionals to urge President Biden to publish the ERA. However, we need your help! The more voices we have, the better. And time is of the essence.
TO HELP, PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES RIGHT NOW AND TEXT AND WRITE TO PRESIDENT BIDEN AND VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS. Additional information, including instructions, contact information, sample letters and social media information may be found HERE. THANK YOU!.
CALL GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM TODAY
On June 8, 2023, Gavin Newsom, the Governor of California, announced a common sense gun reform proposal, which he termed the“28th Amendment to our Constitution.” One big problem. The 28th Amendment already exists – the Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”).
Based on our work with Governor Newsom over the last year, we know that Governor Newsom is aware that the ERA is currently the 28th Amendment. Moreover, the California Legislature, led by Senator Nancy Skinner, recently passed two resolutions driving this point home. The first states that all constitutional requirements have been satisfied, and the ERA is currently the 28th Amendment. The second goes further, requiring the California Law Revision Commission to recommend changes necessary to ensure California law complies with the ERA. That work remains ongoing.
Additionally, days before Governor Newsom’s announcement, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, like the Los Angeles Federation of Labor and the City of West Hollywood before it, unanimously passed a resolution affirming the validity of the ERA and calling on President Biden to publish it immediately.
By referring to his proposal as the “28th” Amendment, Governor Newsom is erasing the ERA, which we so desperately need to save the rights and lives of women, girls, and LGBTQIA+ people.
This cannot happen. We need Governor Newsom to immediately correct this now and join the ever-growing collection of voices calling on President Biden to publish the ERA as the 28th Amendment.
Please call Governor Newsom’s office at 916-445-2841 and tell him to immediately change his proposal to the 29th Amendment, acknowledge the ERA currently is the 28th Amendment, and urge President Biden to publish the ERA immediately. You may also email Governor Newsom HERE.
EMAIL AND CALL THE STATE OFFICIALS HELPING GOVERNOR NEWSOM
California Representative Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who is running for LA City Council, and Senator Aisha Wahab co-authored a resolution supporting Governor Newsom's proposed amendment to the US Constitution to address gun control. Like Governor Newsom, Reggie knows the ERA is currently the 28th Amendment. In fact, he not only voted on tin favor of the two California resolutions declaring the ERA is the 28th Amendment, Reggie actually co-sponsored CA SJR 12, which affirms the ERA is the 28th Amendment!
Yet now, out of nowhere, he sponsors a resolution in support of Newsom's new proposed "28th" Amendment, ignoring that the California people have spoken and acknowledged the ERA is already the 28th Amendment. Making matters worse, and eliminating any doubt that this was intentional, Jones-Sawyer actually issued a press release stating "The last Amendment to the Constitution was the 27th, which was ratified in 1992, and deals with Congressional compensation." What?! Clearly not an oversight.
Please call Reggie's offices at 919-319-2057 and (213) 744-2111 and remind him (1) the ERA is the 28th Amendment, (2) he cosponsored and voted for the CA legislation affirming the ERA as the 28th, (3) he must revise his press release and any proposed resolutions to refer to the gun proposal as the 29th Amendment, and (4) he needs to call on President Biden to publish the ERA as the 28th today.
Senator Wahab is new to the Senate and did not vote last session. As the first Muslim woman in the CA Senate, she needs to know immediately. Please call her at (916) 651-4410 and (510) 794-3900 and explain the above and demand all references to the proposed gun reform amendment and press releases be revised to the 29th, as the people of California have spoken and affirmed that the ERA is the 28th Amendment.
CONTACT THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
On February 28, 2023, the US Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment. Given the ever-increasing attacks on the rights of women, girls and LGBTQIA+ persons, we need the Equal Rights Amendment more than ever. It is the most powerful tool available to right these wrongs. To guarantee equality for all, free from the whims of anti-equality politicians and judges. To protect women from domestic violence. To restore reproductive rights. To guarantee equal pay. To end gender and pregnancy discrimination and more.
We need your help! Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and reach out via social media asking them to demand that President Biden publish the Equal Rights Amendment. Additional information, including instructions, contact information, a sample letter and social media information may be found HERE. THANK YOU!
CONTACT GOVERNORS TO SAVE ROE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL
The country is reeling in the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, which overtuned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, leaving women’s rights to bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom to the whims of state politicians, and eviscerating women’s right to equal protection, bringing women’s rights back to the 1850s.
Federal elected officials are scrambling to try to address the issue. They continue to call upon President Biden to take bold action. However, most have yet to demand publication of the Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”) even though they know that publication of the ERA will save Roe v. Wade and guarantee equality for all.
While we continue our discussions and meetings with the White House and U.S. Senators and Representatives, there is an additional group we are targeting – certain pro-choice, pro-equality Governors – to help us continue to put pressure on the Biden/Harris Administration to publish the ERA as required by law.
We must convince the Governors, who will be on the front lines, to join our efforts to motivate the White House to direct publication of the ERA as required by law. The ERA is currently the 28th Amendment. Its publication – a simple ministerial act – is the only thing that could put an end to the baseless attacks against women, bodily autonomy and the LGBTQ+ community!
Calling All Minnesota Supporters
Minnesota passed the resolution affirming the Equal Rights Amendment is currently the 28th Amendment to the US Constitution, joining Colorado, California, Michigan, Illinois and Hawaii, who have called for publication of the ERA as the 28th Amendment. M
However, the Minnesota legislature still needs to pass the Minnesota ERA! Minnesota' s STATE ERA Bill (SF37 & HF173) is a proposed Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution guaranteeing equality for all. This was not voted upon in the last session and needs to be a top priority. Additional information from our partner, ERA Minnesota may be found HERE.
Please contact these LEGISLATIVE LEADERS, Speaker Melissa Hortman, House Majority Leader Jamie Long, and Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic and tell them the Minnesota ERA must be a top priority.
Key points for your Legislator, which you may find HERE are:
No other movement has waited longer than equal rights for all. Call for the vote on ERA now. The time is always right to do what is right;
What’s the hold-up? Call for the vote on the ERA on day one of the new session; and
We respectfully request that you take up the Equal Rights Amendment bills post haste. 100 years is too long to wait for equal justice for all.
Contact Information For Likely Supporters of Gender Equality
The contact information as well as links to the social media of Senators likely to support Gender Equality can be found HERE.