November 12, 2017

The Silent Sentinel Challenge Begins!

By Kamala Lopez

Equal Means Equal launches the Silent Sentinel Challenge

Equal Means Equal officially launched the Silent Sentinel Challenge on Monday November 13th at 10am outside the White House.

On Sunday, Natalie and I were joined in Washington DC for a powerful performance piece at Catharsis on the Mall, commemorating the Night of Terror.

Dr. Brigitte Alexander (Bronx Hospital Sexual Assault Response Task Force) ran around getting more black coats and hats

Meanwhile, we put the banners and sashes together that Thilagavathi and her family in India had worked on so hard for us the week before. Thanks to the monumental efforts from everyone on the Equal Means Equal team of supporters and volunteers to make this Vigil and Action happen.

The performers were outstanding, including Patricia Wirth from the Turning Point Suffrage Memorial Project, actresses Suzanne Whang & Ann Mahoney, musicians Patricia Bahia and Ali Handal, as well as comedienne Elizabeth Croydon, EME activists Amanda Krause and Linda Smith who read from the Congressional testimony of the women arrested on that night one hundred years ago.

Paula Franchesi had created a musical soundscape using the names of the 32 women and bells and gongs that brought the ghosts of our Suffrage Sisters to life and our EME Equality Warriors created a performance art piece not easily forgotten. Matthew Levine created a fanfare for me and Natalie easily fit for a Queen (or two)!

All in all – it was an amazing show and we will have footage for you soon from our fantastic crew, headed by Dominic DeSantis and his wife Michelle Harris. We had multiple cameras and angles on the whole affair and look forward to showing it to you soon!

The following day we were joined by more equality warriors and ERA activists including U.S. Congressional candidate in Virginia’s 7th District, Eileen Bedell, who will help us get ERA ratified in Virginia this session!!

Sorry this is so short and disjointed but I have to run out there now! We are standing there every day from 10am onwards – please come at some point during this ten week vigil! We need our government to know we care about this and this Vigil will help us! ERA! ERA! Ratify the ERA!