Info for advocates coming to General Assembly
When Virginia is the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment it will be because a large group of citizen advocates gathered together and demanded a change to the status quo. Many citizen advocates are new to the issue and some are new to political advocacy. We are here to help make it fun and to ensure you feel supported on your advocacy days.
Step 1: Know your Virginia senator and delegate! Many Virginians, even very politically involved Virginians, do not know the name of their state senator and/or delegate. Never fear, there is a wonderful tool available online (https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov) to look that up.
Step 2: Call your Virginia senator and delegate and ask their position on the Equal Rights Amendment. Just a simple question. If you like the answer then perhaps turn your attention to finding a nearby district that does not have a supportive senator / delegate and work with your friends in that area to amplify those constituent voices. If you do NOT like the answer (or if there is a non-committal “no position”) then call daily. Please be friendly and pleasant as the people answering the phone are fellow Virginians and may want the same thing you want (and even if they do not, we want to be known for the “best citizen advocates around,” not the meanest).
Step 3: Make an appointment to visit your legislator AT General Assembly, particularly if you have an unsupportive legislator. This is obviously easier for some areas that are closer to Richmond but when someone drives a distance to observe the inner workings of Virginia’s democracy I am certain their legislators take notice. If your legislator has staff in the district during session you could meet with a staffer closer to your home.
Step 4 (optional): If you have an appointment to visit your legislator(s), notify the VAratifyERA volunteer coordinating that advocacy day. See list below.
VAratifyERA Advocacy Coordinators
The following VAratifyERA volunteers will be coordinating advocacy days, please check this list closer to the date you signed up for in case there have been any updates.
January 14 – Cheralyn Potts (757) 567-9082 email
January 15 – Lisa Sales (703) 624-0387 email
January 16 – Lisa Sales (703) 624-0387 email
January 17 – Kasey Terrill (804) 305-9989 email
January 18 – Terri Wulf-Heller (804) 363-9983 email
January 19 – Kasey / Cheralyn see info listed
January 20 – Kasey / Cheralyn see info listed
January 21 – Kate Bird (434) 327-8046 email
January 22 – Kate Bird (434) 327-8046 email
January 23 – Kasey / Cheralyn see info listed –
January 24 – Tammie Miller Jennings (804) 898-0064 email
January 25 – Tammie Miller Jennings (804) 898-0064 email
January 26 – Kasey / Cheralyn see info listed
January 27 – Kasey / Cheralyn see info listed
January 28 – Kasey / Cheralyn see info listed
January 29 – Tammie Miller Jennings (804) 898-0064 email
January 30 – Tammie Miller Jennings (804) 898-0064 email
January 31 – Kasey / Cheralyn see info listed