June 21, 2022

EME Changes the Game in the Fight for E.R.A.

By Kamala Lopez

Today marks a real turning point in the battle for full equality for all Americans, regardless of sex, as EQUAL MEANS EQUAL is thrilled to welcome Jeff Farmer, veteran union organizer, onto the team fighting for publication, certification and adoption of the E.R.A. as the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Until now, women fighting for the E.R.A. have been forced repeatedly to go back and ask for help from those who have, at worst, betrayed us and, at best, horribly neglected us.

Biden/Harris are unwilling, from what we’ve heard directly from inside the White House, “to expend the political capital necessary” to direct the U.S. Archivist to publish the amendment [as required by law].

Therefore, at this moment, American women are poised to lose half a century of political gains simply because the issue of E.R.A. is not widely enough known or understood to win the political calculus necessary from the Biden Administration to certify it.  That’s a tragic/ridiculous situation that must be immediately addressed by whatever means necessary.

The cold hard political “reality” in play is that women are more valuable to the Democratic Party once they’ve lost the right to control their own bodies; their calculation is that women, angered by this disrespectful and dangerous loss, will be mobilized to throw in behind the party come November.  We need to change this calculus for them.

Not only is this stone-cold strategy despicable, it is also a loser. Women are deeply demoralized by a country, a society, that is constantly feeding them misinformation and lies about their supposed “empowerment” while repeatedly beating them down institutionally when they make any attempts at collective progress.  Women are exhausted, abused and underpaid. On top of it, they were cravenly used to put Biden/Harris in office, then thrown under the bus and abandoned once the election was won.

The winning strategy, and the TRUTH is that women have won Constitutional equality under E.R.A. and the Democrats should immediately certify it and go about adopting it in the states.  Not only will this protect a woman’s right to control her own body and destiny, and improve their lives in countless ways (not the least of which is equal pay) but it will give the Democrats an actual win to run on, and something to be proud of.

But since no one here is wearing rose-colored glasses or waiting for the cavalry to arrive at the eleventh hour, we have to skin this kitty ourselves, and do it de manera diferente.  Forget the politicians, who have sold us out. They have less spine than squid. They’ll circle back when they smell the fireworks of our victory.

EME is taking our fight directly to the people — let’s see if we can get some help from PEOPLE POWER!  And on that note, I would like to introduce EME’s newest team member, longtime friend, and Teamsters’ National organizer, Jeff Farmer.

"The ERA victory must immediately be certified.
It is inexcusable that it has been delayed. I believe the labor movement is the force that can and must weigh in to win!"
- Jeff Farmer (former Director of Organizing for the Teamsters Union)

It has been a difficult period for many of us; the E.R.A. seemed to be slipping from our grasp after a century of struggle.  But fear not, brave warrior, we have brought in the people.  And as you well know from all histories from all times: the people, united, can NEVER BE DEFEATED.

EME’s is full of heart and renewed courage to face the road ahead.  We will be working to bring on the leaders of the American labor movement in this epic battle and WE WILL WIN.

Please share this post and consider chipping in to help us as we organize and implement our new strategy.

with love and gratitude,

Kamala, Natalie, Joel, Jeff and the EME team