After reading the action items below, use the 2021 Take Action Tools Link to get examples of letters, and social media resources you will need.
Cosponsorship and Toolkit from national ERA Coalition to take action in the new Congress to pass the legislation eliminating the ERA timeline.
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1. REMOVE THE DEADLINE ON THE ERA
Make sure your Senators and Congresspeople have cosigned the bills to remove the deadline. If they have not, make calls, send letters, write postcards to ask them to cosponsor. Share on social media and tag them.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) introduced H.J.Res.17 - Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment - House Bill LINK
U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced S.J.Res.1 - A joint resolution removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment - Senate Bill LINK
Senate (Cardin) Press Release: Cardin, Murkowski, Speier, Reed Announce Bipartisan Resolution to Affirm Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment
Contact both your Senators and ask them to support Senate Joint Resolution 1
Contact your House Representative and ask them to support House Joint Resolution 17
2. NATIONAL ARCHIVIST
The previous administration blocked the Archivist of the US National Archives from certifying the fully-ratified Equal Rights Amendment. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney asked President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to reverse that artificial barrier to equality. https://maloney.house.gov/.../maloney-calls-on-biden...
You can contact the White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/get-involved/write-or-call/ and ask them to direct the archivist to certify the ratified Equal Rights Amendment. Also, tag them on social media posts!
3. STATE RATIFICATION
As we know from the 19th Amendment, more ratifications matter when an amendment is challenged, especially in court. Twelve states are still unratified: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah. Let’s support these 2021 state ratification efforts.
Contact your 3 AZ representatives in the AZ State Legislature and ask them to support Arizona ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment by supporting these bills: AZ Senate Bill SCR1012 and AZ House Bill HCR2010
Find your rep here: https://www.azleg.gov/findmylegislator/
4. FEDERAL COURT
Attorney General Mark Herring (Virginia), Attorney General Kwame Raoul (Illinois), and Attorney General
Aaron D. Ford (Nevada) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to direct the National Archivist to certify the fully-ratified Equal Rights Amendment. https://www.pilotonline.com/.../vp-nw-herring-attorneys...
A number of organizations filed friend of the court briefs, including our organization, the ERA Coalition, of which the League of Women Voters of the U.S. is a member. https://www.winston.com/.../winston-and-strawn-files... Corporations also support ERA certification: https://www.paulweiss.com/.../era-business-amicus-brief.pdf We will keep you updated on the latest litigation developments.
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.
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