Congratulations, America! On January 27th, 2020 the thirty-eighth state ratified the Equal Rights Amendment! But now the Trump administration is blocking ERA from being added to the U.S. Constitution.
To urge the Supreme Court to take our historic ERA case and legalize equality; and to create a momentum on this important issue, Equal Means Equal organized a Virtual Vigil to “Pray For the ERA” on October 8th, thursday 5pm pst. We gathered together online, lighted candles and prayed for the certification and adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Please note that this is a non-denominational event, all faiths and belief systems are welcome – we use the word “pray” [precari-Latin] as it was originally defined: to ask earnestly; address a solemn request; or to wish or hope strongly for a particular outcome or situation.
On Monday, September 7th, Equal Means Equal and two other plaintiffs filed an appeal to the Supreme Court, arguing that as women denied equality under law they have the right to sue to force the government to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
The appeal reiterated the points in the lawsuit originally filed in January in U.S. District Court in Boston, detailing how congressionally imposed deadlines for states to ratify the ERA are unconstitutional, and calling on the court to compel the Archivist of the United States to officially record ERA as the 28th amendment to the Constitution. Read full article
Once ERA receives 38 state ratification of a proposed Constitutional Amendment, National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) and publishes the amendment along a certification of the ratification and it becomes part of the Constitution without further action by the congress.
Equal Means Equal will keep you informed of the status of ratification in your state and what actions you can take locally to pass the ERA.
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Join the dozens of women’s organizations and thousands of women using the EQUAL MEANS EQUAL documentary film to reinvigorate the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment!
Host a screening in your neighborhood and help get the conversation going about the importance of the ERA. Click the button below to organize a screening in your community.
In 1776, our nation declared that all men are created equal and are endowed with inalienable rights, leaving women to fight for equal treatment under the law. This has been at the foundation of over 240 years of discriminatory attitudes and treatment of half the country’s population.
It’s time the Constitution acknowledged women’s rights as citizens of this country. The Equal Rights Amendment will set a precedent that guarantees equality, justice, and respect for all people under the law. Only when Equal Means Equal can we all meet our true potential.
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