June 7, 2018

PRESSURE ON NORTH CAROLINA & THE EME EQUALITY PLEDGE

By Kamala, Natalie, Wendy, Joel, Jules, Lizzy, Sarabeth, Thila, Natily, Rebecca and EME team.

URGENT! IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TODAY!

JOIN EQUAL MEANS EQUAL, ERA NC ALLIANCE & ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA AND THE COUNTRY TO COMMIT TO VOTING YES ON ERA AND HELP PRESSURE LEGISLATORS TO SIGN THE  “PLEDGE FOR EQUALITY”

The only state where the Equal Rights Amendment has been introduced where the legislature is still in session and could vote is North Carolina.  In fact, they will be in session for at least two more weeks.

According to Roberta Madden and Marena Groll of ERA North Carolina Alliance, efforts have been underway in their state to ratify the ERA this year, with bills S85 and H102 introduced in the 2017-18 session.

On May 31st, related bills were introduced in both the North Carolina House and Senate.

Senators Floyd McKissick and Terry Van Duyn are the primary sponsors of S782, which explains why the ERA is still viable for ratification today and allocates $10,000 to educate the public about the act.

In the House, Representatives Carla Cunningham, Susan Fisher, Evelyn Terry and Deb Butler are primary sponsors of the companion bill H1072.

Here are links to all ERA related bills in North Carolina:

S85: https://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Bills/Senate/PDF/S85v1.pdf

H102: https://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Bills/House/PDF/H102v1.pdf

S782: www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Bills/Senate/PDF/S782v1.pdf

H1072: www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Bills/House/PDF/H1072v1.pdf

 

How can you help? 

We need to turn up the heat and get commitments from legislators to vote “yes” on ERA in the next session. But we need to get these commitments NOW, before the November elections so women can vote for candidates who will vote yes when ERA comes up for a vote in the 2019 session.

Equality warriors, there is NO TIME TO WASTE.  We must be able to hold these officials to account come election day!

We need you to start calling legislators TODAY. Tell them you support equality for all Americans and ask them if they support the ERA.  If they say they do, ask them to PUT THEIR COMMITMENT IN WRITING by signing our pledge.

Download it here and send it to them:

Here is the list of Senators on the Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee, where Senate Bill 782 is currently located:

 

Senate Bill 782

Chairman Sen. Bill Rabon R-Brunswick

(919) 733-5963

Primary Sponsors Sen. Floyd B. McKissick, Jr. D-Durham

(919) 733-4599

Sen. Terry Van Duyn D-Asheville

(919) 715-3001

Sponsors Senator Erica D. Smith D-Henrico

(919) 715-3040

Senator Joyce Waddell D-Charlotte

(919) 733-5650

Senator Valerie P. Foushee (D-Hillsborough

(919) 733-5804

Sen. Chad Barefoot R-Raleigh

(919) 715-3036

Sen. Dan Blue D-Raleigh

(919) 733-5752

Sen. Harry Brown R-Jacksonville

(919) 715-3034

Sen. Ben Clark D-Raeford

(919) 733-9349

Sen. Warren Daniel R-Morganton

(919) 715-7823

Sen. Joel D.M. Ford D-Charlotte

(919) 733-5955

Sen. Kathy Harrington R-Gastonia

(919) 733-5734

Sen. Ralph Hise R-Spruce Pine

(919) 733-3460

Sen. Brent Jackson R-Autryville

(919) 733-5705

Sen. Michael V. Lee R-Wilmington

(919) 715-2525

Sen. Paul A. Lowe, Jr. D-Winston-Salem

(919) 733-5620

Sen. Louis Pate R-Mount Olive

(919) 733-5621

Sen. Shirley B. Randleman R-Wilkesboro

(919) 733-5743

Sen. Jerry W. Tillman R-Archdale

(919) 733-5870

Sen. Tommy Tucker R-Waxhaw

(919) 733-7659

Sen. Trudy Wade R-Guilford

(919) 733-5856

Sen. Andy Wells R-Hickory

(919) 733-5876

 

Here is the list of North Carolina Representatives on the Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House committee:

Chairman Rep. David Lewis R-Dunn)

919-715-3015

Vice Chairman Rep. Ted Davis, Jr. R-Wilmington

919-733-5786

Rep. Sarah Stevens R-Mount Airy

919-715-1883

Rep. John Szoka R-Fayetteville

919-733-9892

Rep. John A. Torbett R-Stanley

919-733-5868

Rep. John R. Bell, IV R-Wayne

919-715-3017

Rep. John M. Blust R-Greensboro

919-733-5781

Rep. James L. Boles, Jr. R-Southern Pines

919-733-5903

Rep. William Brawley R-Matthews

919-733-5800

Rep. Dana Bumgardner R-Gastonia

919-733-5809

Rep. Justin P. Burr R-Albemarle

919-733-5908

Rep. Becky Carney D-Charlotte

919-733-5827

Rep. Nelson Dollar R-Cary

919-715-0795

Rep. Andy Dulin R-Charlotte

919-715-3009

Rep. Beverly M. Earle D-Charlotte

919-715-2530

Rep. Elmer Floyd D-Fayetteville

919-733-5959

Rep. John A. Fraley R-Mooresville

919-733-5741

Rep. Ken Goodman D-Rockingham

919-733-5823

Rep. Edward Hanes, Jr. D-Winston-Salem

919-733-5829

Rep. Jon Hardister R-Whitsett

919-733-5191

Rep. Kelly E. Hastings R-Cherryville

919-715-2002

Rep. Darren G. Jackson D-Raleigh

919-733-5974

Rep. Linda P. Johnson R-Kannapolis

919-733-5861

Rep. Susan Martin R-Wilson

919-715-3023

Rep. Chuck McGrady R-Hendersonville

919-733-5956

Rep. Rodney W. Moore D-Charlotte

919-733-5606

Rep. Robert T. Reives, II D-Sanford

919-733-0057

Rep. Stephen M. Ross R-Burlington

919-733-5820

Rep. Jason Saine R-Lincolnton

919-733-5782

Rep. John Sauls R-Sanford

919-715-3026

Rep. Shelly Willingham D-Rocky Mount

919-715-3024

Rep. Michael H. Wray D-Gaston

919-733-5662

Please call these legislators right away, email them the pledge and ask them when you can expect to get it back… signed.

Then post it on social media and tag them and us, please hashtag #equalmeansequal#equalitypledge4ERA

Let’s not let this important opportunity pass us by. We must hold these elected officially accountable by letting them know that  WOMEN ARE WATCHING CAREFULLY AND WE ARE MOBILIZING POLITICALLY TO ENSURE PASSAGE OF THE ERA.

Keep pushing through, we’re almost home,

Kamala, Natalie, Wendy, Joel, Jules, Lizzy, Sarabeth, Thila, Natily, Rebecca and EME team.