ERA Advocacy Day at NCGA a Big Success! 1/30/19

On January 30, NC NOW, a lead organization of the NC-ERA Alliance, joined an Alliance call-to-action at the General Assembly. Advocates engaged in constituent visits to share materials supporting the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and to call on their representatives to co-sponsor ERA bills this session. ERA bills sponsored by Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. (Senate) and Representative Carla Cunningham (House) are expected to be filed on March 5.

Women delivered two things to each legislator – a letter from the ERA-NC Alliance and Legalize Equality, a 30 minute DVD which makes the case for ERA. Great timing since January 30 was the legislators’ first day back and some legislators, and many legislative assistants, were available.

Representatives from many women’s organizations attended the event, which was organized by ERA-NC Alliance. ERA-NC Alliance is a coalition of mostly women’s organizations which are focused on getting ERA into the U.S. Constitution. 

ERA Advocacy Day Team, 1/30/19, at Legislative Building in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Mike Onnifrey

Our next big ERA event is on March 5, 2019, when the “Ratify ERA” bills for the NC House and NC Senate will be filed. There will be an associated event or set of events to mark the occasion.  The March 5th ERA event is listed at Upcoming Events – Winter 2019

Some new ERA advocates came out, including this mother/daughter team. 

Mom and daughter team at ERA Advocacy Day event. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Senator Joyce Waddell formally addressed the ERA Advocacy Day group. Senator Waddell has been in office since 2015, which one could call ‘the worst of times’ to be a Democrat in the NC Legislature.

Senator Joyce Waddell speaks to women at Legislative Building. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Rep. Allison Dahle, pictured below, is part of the new wave of women who won office in 2018.

Rep. Allison Dahle spontaneously greets the ERA Advocacy Day group. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

The DVD delivered was Legalize Equality, a very short (30 minute) version of Equal Means Equal, which makes the case for ERA. More on the Legalize Equality DVD here.  

The ERA Advocacy Day event had been posted individually on NC NOW’s website on 1/24/19 at One State To Go – Let’s Make History: ERA 2019 on 1/30/19. The upcoming 2/9/19 HKonJ march and rally, and Medicaid Expansion Advocacy Day on 2/27/19 are listed in Upcoming Events in Raleigh – mid January through February 2019.


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