2017 Women's Equality Day Advocacy Action and Celebration
KATRINA’S DREAM is partnering with ERA ACTION and they are holding their 3rd ANNUAL WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY CELEBRATION in Washington, D.C. on August 25th thru the 26th, 2017 to prioritize and promote the Three State Strategy to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. OUR STORY On March 8, 2014, Helene de Boissiere – Swanson left from Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California to make a spiritual pilgrimage to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendments. Swanson covered over 7,000 miles (10,000 kilometers) as she made her way traveling through the 15 states that have yet to ratify the ERA. Often Helene slept roadside, at supporters and stranger’s homes alike, and places of worship. Along the way she met with US Senators and Representative recruiting women’s rights activist on the national and state level to participate in urging them to co-sponsor the “Three State Strategy” resolutions that US Representative Jackie Speier and US Senator Ben Cardin as lead sponsors have been working on in our US Congress. On August 26, 2015, a number of feminist joined Swanson on her last four miles to the US Capitol and rallied for the Equal Rights Amendment. That herstoric day and rally has morphed into an annual event. Swanson’s pilgrimage has been credited with being the inspiration in moving Nevada to becoming the 36th state to ratify the ERA. This year we are expanding our event to include 24WORDS – an equal rights musical featuring 20 original songs inspired by the equal rights movement from 1775 to 1972, when the Equal Rights Amendment passed the Congress. The celebration is being held to urge our nation’s leaders to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Show your support for this advocacy action and amazing event, to donate Click Here. The Equal Rights Amendment Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification. The ERA is a U.S. Constitutional Amendment that would empower all women and provide for gender equality. The ERA is the unfinished business of the Civil Rights Movement. Let’s Change the World! THE SCHEDULE Friday – August 25, 2017 Friday is chocker block advocacy work. We will all meet up on the Hill and pick up our advocacy packets. From there we will head over as a big group to our first meeting which will be with the Offices of Senator Grassley, Chair of the Senate Judiciary, then each will go to specific offices in groups. Break for lunch. We then off to our meeting with US Representative Goodlatte, Chair from House Judiciary Committee. Then we break up again into groups and hit our next offices. Then many will be joining us at St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, for a inspiring performance of 24 Words, the Musical. SATURDAY – August 26, 2017 The event will start in silence at 9:30 am at St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation. Many will meet following the service at 11:00 am to begin there walk in peaceful contemplation taking the same path that many feminist took on August 26, 2016, to commemorate the first walk and rally. Others will join up around 12:30 am the White House and proceed to the US National Mall where the rally will begin at 1:00 pm. The speakers will talk about the intersectionality of racism and sexism, and systemic issues that the ERA would address. They will share their wisdom and personal experiences on the Racial Gender Pay Gap, women’s health care, violence and the rape culture women live with everyday. CALL 2 ACTION Join the Facebook Event to demonstrate your support, Invite your friends, and share the event everywhere. Send an email to all your friends and ask them to join in spirit. To join the Facebook Event Click Here. Share this flyer with your family, friends, and networks. To download this flyer Click Here Contact your local media outlets and ask that they cover the Equal Rights Amendment Rally in DC. To send them a copy of the Press Release Click Here Contact and educate Congress. In concert with our partners ERA Action, we are organizing a thunderclap targeting the party leaders of the Judiciary Committee and asking them to hold hearings for HJ Res 53 and SJ Res 5 at 2 pm. This will complement the meetings take place on Friday, August 25, 2017 on the hill. To participate in the Thunderclap Click Here. Here are documents for your use when you email your elected officials calling on them to co-sponsor the US Congress resolutions calling for the “Three State Strategy” . Please feel free to include them in your email when you demand your state’s elected official to co-sponsor the Three State Strategy resolutions for the Equal Rights Amendment. For a list of documents Click Here. In the House the bill is H.J.Res. 53 – Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment. Sponsor: Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14] (Introduced 01/31/2017) ; and in the Senate the bill is S.J.Res. 5 – A joint resolution removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment. Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 01/17/2017) Accountability from our elected officials is paramount for the success of our movement. However, if ignored or pandered to, we call them out—regardless of party affiliation. To Identify your legislator Click Here SPEAKERS LIST (PARTIAL) There are a number of folks who will be speaking at the rally. For the Speakers List Click Here. ROUTE Walk to the White House and Upper Senate Park. There are a number of places where folks who are unable to walk the complete route may join up. For the route please Click Here DONATE Show your support for this amazing advocacy action and celebration. To donate Click Here.