We have been working for ninety-seven years for this moment and it is finally here. We have an opportunity in the next two months to build on the momentum we have created for ERA and ride it over the finish line on the one-year anniversary of our victory in Virginia.
Here is language regarding the Equal Rights Amendment from the new administration’s website:
“As President, Biden will work with advocates across the country to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) so women’s rights are once and for all explicitly enshrined in our Constitution. Biden co-sponsored the ERA nine times. As President, he will work with advocates across the country to enshrine gender equality in our Constitution. Now that Virginia has become the 38th state to ratify the ERA, Biden will proudly advocate for Congress to recognize that 3/4th of states have ratified the amendment and take action so our Constitution makes clear that any government-related discrimination against women is unconstitutional.“
Time to rejoice…and mobilize.
It is up to us to make clear that THIS is the moment and respectfully but firmly request that the Archivist be directed to publish the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution on January 27th of 2021.
Here is how we are going to do it:
Starting today we will post a video daily directed at the incoming administration with the same message: Direct the Archivist to Publish ERA on January 27th, 2021.
These videos will feature diverse persons and represent multiple points of view and sectors of our society – including YOU!
The videos will be posted by EME, our members, our allies, our organizational and corporate amici, and others that you reach out to in your networks through our Slack Channel:
What you can do:
1. Make your video statement ASAP and send it to: [email protected] using the following language:
Congratulations to the new Biden/Harris administration! I’m [__name and title__________]
On behalf of __constituency, group, org, family, individual__________ we/I call on President-elect Biden to declare his commitment to the full constitutional equality of women and all persons by promising to direct the Archivist of the United States to publish the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
American women have fought for two hundred and forty-four years for equality. Over the past four years, we have succeeded in completing ratification of ERA. We have worked hard for you to be able to now take the reins. We urge you not to ask us to wait a moment longer for our hard-won equal rights.
On January 27th, please thank the women of America for their support by announcing the publication of the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and finally legalizing our equality.
Feel free to personalize but keep the main “ask” in your statement as written.
2. Don’t forget to join our Slack Channel to be notified of new content and actions.
3. Reach out to your networks and spread the word – ask them to send us their videos, join the Slack Channel and post our videos too.
4. When you get your daily notification from Slack, please click the link, grab the package (video, graphic, hashtags and tags to the transition team) and post on all your social media channels.
We need tons of videos supporting ERA publication! Let’s see how many slots we can fill with great people ASAP.
We are so close now. Let’s keep the pressure up. Every day. Until they #PublishERA
With love and thanks
Kamala, Natalie, Thila and EME team
PS. Please make your video and send it in today!