By adopting a resolution in support of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, local leaders can show their support for constitutional equality and call on the Virginia Assembly to do the same. Adopting resolutions across the state can help us to show broad, bipartisan support.
WHO HAS DONE IT
- The Fairfax Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution supporting ratification of the ERA on January 23, 2018.
- Arlington’s Civic Association adopted a resolution on May 1, 2018.
- Albemarle County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution supporting ratification of the ERA on August, 1, 2018.
- The City of Charlottesville adopted a resolution supporting the ratification of the ERA on August 20, 2018.
- Efforts are currently underway in other communities.
HOW TO DO IT
- Get started with a template resolution based on those adopted earlier this year, developed by Julia Tanner of the Virginia Equal Rights Coalition. Contact them for help with customizing the resolution for your locality and advice about getting it adopted.
- Consider working with nonpartisan organizations such as your city council, county board of supervisors, civic organizations, and chambers of commerce to adopt a resolution.
- Identify likely allies who are members of the organization and ask to meet with them. Share your resolution and ask for their support of its adoption. If they’re supportive, ask if they are willing to introduce the resolution, and for any advice or insights they can provide on getting it adopted.
- Show public support by collecting signatures and asking residents to send postcards and emails to local officials.
- Plan a public gathering to celebrate the resolution’s adoption and invite the press to spread the word.
- Let us know when it’s done! We’d love to share your success with other advocates, and build a comprehensive list of resolutions passed statewide.