The ERA is not dead
...and we need to keep talking about it, why?
Update submitted by Marena Groll of NC4ERA, June 13, 2014:
In North Carolina this year, ERA NC House Bill 166 did not make crossover. However, NC Senate Bill 184 is exempt from the crossover deadline. It remains viable to be sent to the House if the Senate passes it. It had its first reading in the Senate in March, but was sent to Senate Rules and Operations where it sits unheard now.
A protest was held on June 3 outside the door of the Chair of Rules and Operations, Sen. Tom Apodaca. He is refusing to schedule the bill to be heard. More direct actions including letter writing campaigns are being planned. The bill could still be heard during short session next year as well. NC4ERA will be continuing efforts to educate the public as an ongoing activity through both sessions.
NC4ERA was pleased to recommend Madison Kimrey as a speaker for ERA S184 at the Women's Rights Rally on June 10th as a part of the Forward Together/Moral Monday Movement. See her fantastic speech here. There have been numerous other public events held by NC4ERA and NC NOW. For more info on these groups and thier activities, go to nc4era.org
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8 Reasons We Need To Fight To Have The ERA In The Constitution
by Rachel Shippee Jun 25, 2015
Meryl Streep is writing letters to every member of Congress... But, she’s not the only one who needs to fight for the ERA. First introduced into Congress in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was written by suffragist leader Alice Paul. Since that year, and every subsequent year, it has been reintroduced in every session of Congress. It was finally passed in 1972 with the required two-thirds majority, but only received 35 of the 38 necessary state ratifications.
So why do we need the ERA?
1. In 2001, an Opinion Research Corporation survey shows 72 percent of US adults believe the Constitution already guaranteed the equal rights of women and men. This simply is not true...
2. This legal remedy against sex discrimination for both women and men would create a “clearer and stricter judicial standard for deciding cases of sex discrimination...”
3. The ratification would shift the burden of proof from victims to offenders in sex discrimination cases. It would require offenders to prove they did not violate the Constitution.
4. Full legal recognition of equality between the sexes would protect possible rollbacks in women’s rights advancements...
5. With the current rationale of VAWA, women survivors of violence cannot take their cases to the federal court when taking legal action...
6. Equal means equal. An amendment would guarantee women’s rights by the government with no room for debate...
7. Even Notorious RBG would choose the ERA because “it means that women are people equal in status before the law.” She wants the new generation of feminists to support this Amendment and continue actively creating social change...
8. Ultimately, the impact would be best seen at the legal level, and hopefully change the tone of such proceedings when handling sex discrimination cases. This specific language in the Constitution would influence the tone of legal reasoning and likely produce a cumulative positive effect over time.
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Now Is Our Time
by ERA Action, for ERA Action
Daily Kos SUN JUN 28, 2015
A hard fought Civil Rights victory was finally realized Friday, June 26, 2015 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled all fifty states must issue licenses for and recognize marriages between same-sex couples. This landmark decision is a culmination of blood, sweat and tears from decades of litigation and unwavering activism from LGBQT Americans and their allies who believe the ability to marry the one you love is a fundamental civil right that should be protected under the law in America... But this victory begs the question: What about Equality for U.S. Women? Although most people do not know it, LGBQT rights is not the final plank of the Civil Rights Movement. The disgraceful truth? There is a large void left unfinished on the road to justice in America. Until we complete it, the equality of fifty-one percent of America - women -are not protected in the Constitution. read article
Sign the petition:
Stop Assault on Women's Rights. Pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Ten men and one woman hold the history of women in their hands in NC. Let them hear you. The time for an Equal Rights Amendment is now.
E-mail them or call them
and urge them to pass H166, the ERA Bill out of committee favorably. (3/31/15)
NC House Bill 166 - the Equal Rights Amendment - was introduced
NC4ERA recognizes champion Representative Carla Cunningham, State House District 106!
NC Senate Bill 184 - the Equal Rights Amendment - was filed March 4
NC4ERA recognizes champion NC Senator Floyd B McKissick Jr of Durham!
This ERA resolution
has been prepared for organizations and precincts to be considered for adoption:
Living Wage Project
WHAT IS A LIVING WAGE?
A LIVING WAGE IS THE AMOUNT OF INCOME NEEDED FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO MEET HER OR HIS BASIC NEEDS WITHOUT PUBLIC OR PRIVATE ASSISTANCE.
The City of Durham and Durham County, along with several other NC localities, have “livable wage” ordinances that apply to their own employees. Durham ties its living wage amount to a methodology based on the federal poverty level, which is updated annually. Over the last 17 years, the livable wage amount has increased from $8.58 per hour to $12.33 per hour in 2015.
What is the Durham Living Wage Project? Through voluntary certification, we aim to identify, acknowledge, and celebrate businesses and non-profits that pay a living wage. Learn more here.
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Read Herald-Sun article: Living Wage project launches with 28 Durham Businesses
See the Fact-Filled Presentation of our January meeting
Losing 2014: The Missing Pieces
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