There is so much you can do

CONTACT YOUR REPS

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They need to hear from YOU. Let them know how you feel about the Equal Rights Amendment. 

See below.

support our efforts

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There are many ways that you can help, volunteer, and spread the word. Find one that suits you. 

See below.

write letters

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Don't know what to say? Detailed instructions to get your message out to legislators or editors.

See below.

make a donation

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Any amount helps us to keep fighting for Equal Rights.  Donations are not tax deductible. 

action alert – contact your reps now!

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On April 30, 2019  the United States House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on the ERA to lift the deadline.   H.J.Res.38 - Removing the deadline for ratification of the equal rights amendment  was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on January 30, 2019.   A full read of the text and list of the 185 Co-Sponsors (183 Democrats, 2 Republicans) can be found HERE


3 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ARE FROM ARIZONA.  WE NEED YOU TO CONTACT THEM NOW!


ASAP:  Contact US House of Representative Debbie Lesko and request that she vote yes on lifting the ERA Deadline in the Judiciary Committee meeting on April 30, 2019.   (202) 225-4576, email:  www.lesko.house.gov/contact


ASAP:  Contact US House of Representative Andy Biggs and request that he vote yes on lifting the ERA Deadline in the Judiciary Committee meeting on April 30, 2019.   (202) 225-2635, email:  www.biggs.house.gov/contact


ASAP:  Contact US House of Representative Greg Stanton and request that he vote yes on lifting the ERA Deadline in the Judiciary Committee meeting on April 30, 2019.   (202) 225-9888, email:  www.stanton.house.gov/contact


Please consider sending a letter as well.  We have created a sample for your use.  You can find it HERE 


To find contact information for all members of the U.S. House of Representatives go HERE

Support our efforts

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simple ways you can help us support the era


  • Spread the word –  80% of Americans don’t know that women are not guaranteed equal rights in the U.S. Constitution.  But nearly all Americans (about 94%) agree that they should be.  The Equal Rights Amendment, which was written nearly 100 years ago, simply states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”  That’s it.  It’s about fairness.


  • Volunteer! - If you can spare a few hours to be present at the state capitol as a Standing Sentinel, please sign up through  our Sign Up Genius here .  If you can volunteer to help table an event, pass out fliers, send postcards/letters please send an email to rebecca@mchood.com and she'll add you to her list of contacts.


  • Tell your friends, neighbors, and family members – keep communicating to others about the Equal Rights Amendment.  Wear a button, t-shirt or sash -- check out our RESOURCES page for some tips and samples to help you prepare your own elevator pitch.


  • Request to Speak Training -  Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation is  conducting training sessions across the state on how to engage with the legislative process and the “Request to Speak” system.   Training Schedule can be found on their website and our Calendar of Events


  • Write letters:   Write a letter to your legislators.  2019 Bills will be introduced after session begins on January 14, 2019.   We have created three letters for you to use:  One each to your Senate and House Representatives that asks for them to co-sponsor a bill to remove the deadline for ratification of the ERA; and one to your State Senator or Representative asking them to vote for a resolution in the state legislature for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.  You can find Advocacy Letters to Legislators and Advocacy Letters to Editors Tips and Best Practices in RESOURCES.


  • Send Postcards:  We have pre-printed postcards to send to your legislators.  See them on the RESOURCES page.  Send us an email at erataskforceaz@gmail.com   -- and we’ll get them to you.  


  • Request a Speaker:  We’re happy to come to you and speak to your group about the Equal Rights Amendment.  Please send us an email at erataskforceaz@gmail.com and someone from our team will contact you for further details.



  • Send  Us A Picture:  We’d love to share your support of the ERA!  Send us a picture with your (short, please) statement on why “I Support the ERA”.  We’ll share it on our social media and website alongside all our supporters.  Send to: erataskforceaz@gmail.com


  • Help us get the word out.  DONATE  to help us with basic operational costs like printing costs, local ads, event fees, etc.  We need your help to reach the entire state.

support businesses that support women

Businesses, you can download our Business Support for the ERA letter and get on our support page. Customers, encourage your businesses to join, download the letter and bring it to your favorite shop, cafe and more encouraging them to support. 

Write letters

Advocacy Letters to legislators & editors

 LEGISLATORS                 


Why Write?

  • Legislators care about re-election and about passing bills 
  • Letters provide a written record of constituents’ concerns and positions and communicate a serious interest in an issue
  • Remind them that they work for you, and you are paying attention to their actions


Structure of Letter/ Template (see our samples here)

  • Begin with a concise and clear subject line; reference the bill number or issues about which you are writing
  • Introduce yourself, identify yourself as a constituent, describe relevant credentials or expertise, and explain your reason for writing. Mention any personal connection with the legislator, if you have supported their campaign, etc.  (2 – 3 sentences)
  • Make your case. Choose two or three of the strongest points to persuade the legislator to support your position. Include specific and concrete facts. Tell a personal story about how this legislation impacts your life or your friends/ family/ community members’ lives.  Connect the issue with the legislator’s experience or interests (1 -2 short paragraphs)
  • State your call to action. Are you asking to support legislation, make a public statement, change aspects of a bill? (1-2 sentences)
  • Thank the legislator for considering your views, restate your key message and end with specific questions about what actions they will take, to prompt a reply (1-2 sentences)
  • Include the date, your full name, address (including the zip code) email, telephone number


Best Practices/ Tips

  • Contact your legislators when the issue is in front of them; see sources below to follow legislation 
  • Read your legislator’s website to determine what issues are most important to them and tie your “ask” to their interests 
  • Find the “contact” information on your legislator’s website to determine how to submit your letter (typically by email or through a web-based form)
  • Write to your legislators only when advocating for action on a particular piece of legislation; If you want to influence a legislator who doesn’t represent you could ask your legislator to act on your behalf 
  • There may be occasions when you should write to a committee chair or other politician who has significant power over the outcome of the legislation; be guided by the legislative alerts that you read from various advocacy groups (see below)
  • Spell the legislator’s name correctly, and use the appropriate salutation (Dear Representative, Senator)
  • Cover only one issue per letter, and limit your letter to one page or the equivalent
  • Be polite and respectful, request (not demand) action, avoid threats 
  • Emphasize personal stories to help them understand how the issues you care about connect to real people in their constituency 
  • Write from the heart; use emotionally charged words like disappointed, appalled, infuriated, disheartened, outraged, or delighted, pleased, hopeful, grateful, optimistic
  • Avoid jargon and acronyms in your writing
  • Use a politically neutral tone and don’t disparage opposing views; rather, make a case for your views
  • Run spell/grammar check before sending the letter
  • If you don’t get a response to your initial letter in a timely fashion, write again
  • Send a thank you note when they do something that you like
  • Ask someone else to read your letter; an extra pair of eyes may identify weaknesses or omissions in your letter

    

Additional Suggestions & Resources


  

EDITORS


Why Write?

  • Letters to the editor in local  newspapers are read by your legislators, especially if they or an issue  that they are championing or opposing is discussed
  • Your interest focuses attention  on an issue that has broad community impact and can mobilize others to take action
  • Letters submitted by a group (formal or an alliance of concerned citizens) may have more impact 


Structure of Letter

  • Refer to the article or issue  about which you are writing; identify in full the person or entity that  you are trying to influence 
  • Lead with your reaction to the  article, and state your opinion 
  • Back up your statements with facts from reputable, verifiable sources
  • Include any personal experience  or professional qualifications pertinent to the topic
  • End with a call to action, explain what you think needs to happen next
  • Include all of your contact information as requested by the paper 


Best Practices/ Tips

  • Read the newspaper’s submission guidelines, especially regarding length and tone
  • Focus on local issues that are current  and relevant to your neighbors
  • Keep it short (a rule of thumb  is 250 words) and write about one issue
  • Use one or two powerful facts to make your point without engaging in a policy discussion
  • Share relevant personal stories  and anecdotes if they add color, context and validity
  • Be positive, creative, show emotion, passion, and respect
  • Write the letter in your own words, and inject humor if appropriate
  • Read other LTEs in the newspaper to ascertain type and style of letters published
  • Don’t be discouraged if your letter is not published; try again on another topic
  • See “Advocacy Letters to Legislators” for additional tips


Selected Local Newspapers LTE Submission Links

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