Women are taking back Constitution Day, an underutilized and under-appreciated holiday – celebrating the day the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia in 1787. The U.S. Constitution is a statement of the basic principles and laws of our nation that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it. States and groups can also have constitutions. The U.S. Constitution is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. Constitution Day is the perfect time to educate people that women are not equally protected under our constitution, and about what could remedy that. The Equal Means Equal documentary by Kamala Lopez shows how women and girls are treated in multiple areas, the systems are failing them.
Raleigh NOW co-hosted a screening and discussion of Equal Means Equal with some pro-choice, pro-woman organizations in Raleigh on Tuesday, Sept 17, aka Constitution Day. The film is upsetting because it is hard to watch how many women and girls are treated in the US today. In the discussion afterward, a few women shared painful memories from their past and hopes for a better future for children and/or grandchildren. Another declared she needed to do something, regardless of how busy she already was fighting the many pronged attacks from the administration! Many said they hadn’t known how bad things were, that they believe others also don’t know. Two women representing different organizations plan to show Equal Means Equal themselves.
The documentary is a call to action, and we are in a unique position in North Carolina – NC could be the 38th state of 38 states needed to ratify ERA. Take action here (coming)! There are also things to do at the national level while waiting for a 38th state to ratify ERA – we can help remove the deadline on the ERA in Congress. Sign ERA-NC Alliance’s letter and petition to House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler to set a date to vote on HJ Res38, Rep Jackie Speier’s bill to remove the deadline on the ERA. You will find it here: www.eracoalition.org/ERANOW.