Newsletter: October 31, 2019

The Countdown: Let’s Get This Done.

We are just 5 days away from what is looking to be a historic vote in Virginia–when a wave of pro-ERA legislators could be elected, leading to a yes vote in early 2020 for Virginia to become the required 38th state to ratify the ERA. There is still time to take part in the action–go to varatifyera.org/gotv/ and sign up to text or phone bank GOTV right up to Tuesday, November 5th.

The ERA Coalition and Legal Momentum will be hosting a GOTV texting party this Saturday, November 2nd in NYC and will be joining in on VARatifyERA.org‘s election night festivities on their Twitter and Facebook pages. Our DC Director/COO Bettina Hager will be on hand in Richmond to tweet out reactions live. Follow the ERA Coalition’s social media accounts by visiting our new website, www.eracoalition.org/.

New Era for the ERA

There was a huge meet-up of ERA advocates and legislators on October 24th at an all-day legal conference, entitled “A New Era for the ERA” at the University of Richmond Law School. Thank you to Kati Hornung of VaRatifyERA.Org and Michelle Kallen for organizing this informative and inspiring event. Presenters included Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman, former Illinois Representative Steve Andersson, US Representative Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), VA State Senator Jennifer McClellan, VA Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy and advocates Ellie Smeal and Alice Cohan of Feminist Majority, Eileen Davis, Jean Sweeney of Rethinking Eve, Kamala Lopez and Natalie White of Equal Means Equal, Kate Kelly of Equality Now, and Emilia Couture, Student, Generation Ratify–and the ERA Coalition’s Legal Task Force lawyers, chair Linda Coberly and member Julie Suk.

Level Forward

Level Forward put out a news release on the new collaboration between its digital company Rotten Apples and the ERA Coalition. Check out the information on the Rotten Apples website to get out the vote in Virginia–this is a terrific tool to fight for equality.

ERA activists are eyeing a win in Virginia. Is now the time?

The AP covered the energy for the on-the-ground movement for the ERA across the country.

Linda Coberly on Continuing Efforts to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

For some in-depth questions and answers about what’s next, read this interview with Coalition Legal Task Force Chair, Linda Coberly.

An Evening with Heidi Schreck and Jessica Lenahan

We hope to see you at our event in NYC on November 18th– a conversation with our board member writer and actor, Heidi Schreck (What the Constitution Means to Me) and social justice activist, Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) about her fight for justice all the way to the Supreme Court.

To buy tickets for this event, visit www.eracoalition.org/hometruth.

So much is happening now. Let’s get this done.

In solidarity,

Carol Jenkins
Co-President and CEO
ERA Coalition