On November 9, 2018 #VAratifyERA will launch “10 Days of ERA,” with a statewide bus tour (schedule here!) helmed by Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (D) and Senator Glen Sturtevant (R). The tour’s goal is to educate Virginians about the absence of gender equality in the U.S. Constitution and highlight the unequivocal, bipartisan statewide support for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Two states ratified recently, Nevada in 2017 and Illinois on May 30th, 2018 leaving just one state left in the 38 required. All eyes are on Virginia to be the last, historic state during our next General Assembly session.
As noted by Kati Hornung, campaign coordinator for VAratifyERA, “In 2019 Virginia will celebrate its 400th year of legislative session. It sounds like a great time to make history as the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Virginia can again be the final state to add important language to the U.S. Constitution, just as it did with the Bill of Rights.”
The tour kicks-off with an Equal Rights Amendment law symposium at William & Mary’s Marshall Wythe Law School and concludes with workshops in Richmond. The bus will travel over 1,500 miles with events targeting sixteen Virginia colleges in Ashland, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Norfolk, Petersburg, Radford, Richmond, Roanoke, Staunton, Virginia Beach, and Woodstock. The tour is funded by individual donors and supportive organizations.
Since launching the VAratifyERA campaign on August 26, 2018 (Women’s Equality Day), communities across the state have voted to support resolutions advocating for ratification. They include: Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors, Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, and the City of Charlottesville. They join citizen groups such as the Arlington Civic Association, League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, and the American Bar Association (ABA) which passed resolutions reaffirming support for the ERA. The ABA resolution also called on all state bar associations to actively engage in the pursuit of ratification.
In addition to lawmakers and community leaders, VIP’s will join along the route for programs both scheduled and spontaneous. To find a stop near you check the schedule of events online (updates daily). To follow the action on social media, visit VAratifyERA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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