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by Invenium Viam on February 8, 2017 · 0 comments

Time to get on-board the ERA 3-State Strategy

ERA Betty
Betty Folliard is executive producer of A WOMAN’S PLACE radio show on AM950 and
the President of ERA Minnesota.

In the largest protest the world has ever seen, millions of people rallied at #WomensMarch around a common theme: that “Women’s rights are human rights.”

 

The public policy expressway to arriving at equality for all people in the US is legislation to remove the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment, known as the 3-State Strategy, which will allow three more states to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), ratifying equal access to justice for all into our Constitution.

 

Our current patchwork laws do not hold up to the Supreme Court’s scrutiny because we do not have discrimination on the basis of gender named in our constitution. That can change by simply removing the artificial deadline imposed on women’s rights, and it can be done by a simple majority vote of Congress.

 

Now is the time to translate a ‘One-and-Done’ march into political action. Call, write, or tell your representatives to get on-board with the ERA 3-State Strategy.

 

Here’s what you need to reference:

  • At the FEDERAL LEVEL: S.J.Res.5 removes the artificial deadline imposed on the Equal Rights Amendment back in 1982; the chief author is Senator Ben Cardin; and H.J.Res.53 is the companion bill to remove the sunset on the ERA, by chief author Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
  • AT THE MINNESOTA STATE LEVEL: SF229 is a resolution memorializing Congress to remove the deadline on the ERA; chief author State Senator Sandy Pappas; and HF356 is companion bill to remove the sunset on the ERA; chief author State Representative Rena Moran.

There are also state and national efforts to pass ERA language into our constitutions. Here are the bills you can promote:

  • AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL: S.J.Res.6 is a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women; chief author Senator Robert Menendez; and H.J.Res.33 is it’s companion bill – a constitutional amendment declaring that women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction chief authored by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
  • AT THE MINNESOTA STATE LEVEL: SF224 is a constitutional amendment providing gender equality under the law, with chief author Senator Richard Cohen; with companion bill HF189 proposing a constitutional amendment providing gender equality under the law with chief author State Representative Ilhan Omar. The mirror bills to those two are SF101, a state constitutional amendment providing gender equality under the law chief, authored State Senator Scott Dibble; and HF313, a state constitutional amendment providing gender equality under the law, offered by chief author State Representative Frank Hornstein.

241 years is too long a time to wait for equality in America. Finish the job: help eliminate discrimination on the basis of gender by taking action today.

 

Betty Folliard
President – ERA Minnesota

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