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Interesting developments in #ERA litigation. I was on a call with the parties & the judge two weeks ago in the Alabama federal case, when the lawyer for the AGs from AL, LA & SD told the judge they were dismissing the case with the agreement of the Archivist. This was AFTER ...
a group from Oregon filed a motion to intervene on behalf of women & in favor of ERA. The judge had not yet allowed the Oregon people to intervene when the AGs & Archivist filed a notice of dismissal of the case on 2/27/20. The Oregon people nonetheless filed an objection to ..
AGs dismissal on grounds it attempts to establish an agreement of the parties re: ratification of ERA. A dismissal notice is supposed to be a simple statement that the parties agree to dismiss, but AGs & Archivist tried to use the notice improperly to the disadvantage of ERA...
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Congressman John Lewis once said “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic.”

What makes you hopeful? Seriously. Share it!

If you’re like me, you could use a few reasons to keep your head up.

Here are 50 reasons to stay hopeful from the past 3+ years.
50. On Jan. 28, 2017, thousands showed up to airports in support of Muslim families impacted by Trump’s unconstitutional #MuslimBan.

That night, a federal judge in NY issued a stay allowing people stranded in airports to temporarily avoid deportation.

📷: Stephanie Keith/Getty
49. Much to the dismay of Donald Trump, #Parasite won Best Picture at the Oscars, making it the first non-English language film to win in the 92 years of the Academy Awards.

📷: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images
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Aiming to include an explicit bar against sex discrimination in the U.S. Constitution, the House will vote today on whether to nix the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

My report ahead of today's vote
The House will begin debate on the vote to remove the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment shortly, inching it ever closer to perhaps, one day, becoming the 28th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Story to come for @CourthouseNews
@CourthouseNews BREAKING: The final vote tally is coming up but the majority of votes needed to pass the resolution removing the deadline for ratification of the #EqualRightsAmendment has been reached.
cc: @CourthouseNews
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"The Equal Rights Amendment 2020" is a stage-magic show -- a glitzy production, playing now in the media, Congress, and the courts. The real ERA is 40 years dead. What you see now is a political hologram -- it looks real, but you can walk right thru it. Let's take a closer look!
In 1972,the 92nd Congress, by the required 2/3 votes, approved the ERA Resolution (H.J. Res. 208). Like every proposed constitutional amendment since the First Congress, it contained a Proposing Clause--which is not a "preamble," but required under Article V of the Constitution.
Congress need not include a deadline in a Proposing Clause, but the Supreme Court has said it can do so and they're binding. The ERA Proposing Clause had a 7-year deadline for ratification--just like Proposing Clauses of the 23rd, 24th, 25th, & 26th Amts, & failed D.C. proposal.
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A tour de force from ⁦@GerryConnolly⁩ about Virginia’s transformation from deep red to true blue during ⁦@VaDemocracy⁩ meeting. ⁦@FairfaxDems⁩ ⁦@DranesvilleDems
@GerryConnolly @VaDemocracy @FairfaxDems @DranesvilleDems Meeting was in #Dranesville.

Connolly: "In 1980s, Dranesville was seen out of reach and the only time @TheDemocrats won was when it was a three-way race. In 2007, @JohnFoustVA was first to win one-on-one. He won't be the last. Things have changed."
@GerryConnolly @VaDemocracy @FairfaxDems @DranesvilleDems @TheDemocrats @johnfoustva In 1995, Connolly first ran for #Fairfax, VA, Board of Supervisors, it was 6 R and 4 D. Connolly made it 5-5 and sound it was majority D and we've never looked back. 2019 made it 9-1. @FCPS School Board is 12-0.
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I'm legit worried about Virginia Democrats (elected and activists) making the #ERA the goal post and not the starting line. We have both majorities and all statewide offices. This can't be the biggest ask, y'all.
Another "starting line" policy change I expect from VA Dem Majority with a big impact - eliminating the work requirements born from #MedicaidExpansion compromise. Air time on this topic is basically nonexistent.
Virginia is literally last. Dead last. Can not be lower on the list when it comes to workers' rights. So if we want to set some bold goals that are only possible with a Dem Majority let's focus on workers' rights. For example:
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Midterm elections were a year ago today.

While I dreamed of Arizona being the 38th state to #RatifyERA, Virginia is poised to become the final state.

The difference? A democratic majority in the state legislature.
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In 2017, we thought that with the addition of Rep. @DrGerae, there would be a possibility for the #ERA to at least get a committee hearing since Arizona was FIRST in the country in female representation in the legislature at the time. /2…
Gov. @dougducey spent a significant portion of the SOS highlighting the accomplishments of AZ female trailblazers, but notably left out the #EqualRightsAmendment.

To do so felt like an attempt to gloss over the rampant sexual harassment at #azleg. /3…
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The most common "argument" I see against the Equal Rights Amendment is some version of:

"What rights are you denied?" / "What rights do men have that women don't?"

The opposition to #ERANow has gotten more sophisticated since all of their culture-war arguments are now moot.

They used to use scare-tactics abt women being dragged out of their homes to serve in the military, or talk abt the Boogeyman of gay marriage— but, women now serve at the military at all levels & gay marriage ✔️


All they have left is to try & convince us we DON'T NEED IT.
But, if the #ERA would add absolutely no new constitutional protections & would essentially just be symbolic— why would they oppose something they think is truly toothless/ useless?

*whispers: they don't actually think that, they know it has power*
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Last year on #NationalComingOutDay, a young man I know had a life altering effect on me when he became a statistic.

25% of youth who come out to their family immediately become homeless. If you’re POC, the statistic is higher.

Here’s Jack’s story from #NationalComingOutDay 2018
Last Sunday— October 6, 1998 was the 21st anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepherd. He was driven to a remote, rural area in WY, robbed, pistol-whipped, tied to a fence, tortured & left to die all because he was gay.

He would’ve been 42 years old.

Had the world had not known Matthew Shepherd & seen how hate let him be beaten, bruised & forgotten to die on a fence post—or Jack become homeless— days like #NationalComingOutDay or #Pride month wouldn’t need to exist.

I long for the day when there is no need to declare this.
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📺NEWS Thread📰
#ncga #ncpol #ERA

NC may just become the 38th state to ratify the #ERA this year!

NC State Senator @EricaforUSSen20 made NC history Thursday filing a discharge petition to free ERA bill S184 from committee to force a floor vote this session! 1/

@EricaforUSSen20 @ratifyeraOrg @EricaforUSSen20 employed the same Discharge Petition process first used by US Rep. Martha Griffiths in 1970 to force Congress to vote on the #ERA. Introduced in 1923, the #ERA bill was ignored for 47 years! That is 'til Rep. Griffith got fed up! 2/
@EricaforUSSen20 @ratifyeraOrg US Rep. Griffiths initiated a Discharge Petition, a method lawmakers use to free a bill intentionally buried in committee. By gathering enough petition signatures, Griffiths' #ERA DP forced a floor vote and accountability on her colleagues. in 1972, Congress passed #ERA and..3/
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Inspired by @erataskforceaz @FairUtah & @VAratifyERA to do an Equal Rights Amendment MYTHS thread!

MYTH #1: We don't need the ERA/ There are no rights men have that women don’t/ Women don’t need the ERA bc they already have rights under the protection of the 14th Amendment.
@erataskforceaz @FairUtah @VAratifyERA FACT: 14th A did not even allow women the right to vote (19th Amendment did) & is subject to judicial interpretation. SC Justice Scalia said: “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”
@erataskforceaz @FairUtah @VAratifyERA What do we want? "STRICT SCRUTINY" When do we want it? NOW!

What do we want? "STRICT SCRUTINY" When do we want it? NOW!

What do we want? "STRICT SCRUTINY" When do we want it? NOW!
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I’m getting a lot of this:

“I supported the blue wave and for what? Democrats aren’t living up to their end of the bargain.”

It’s time to dispel the myth that blue wave activism was a down payment on impeachment.

It was not. Zero seats flipped on an impeachment platform. /1
I get it. This is very frustrating and slow. It seems so obvious. And we expect people to lead on principle, not on politics.

Set aside your frustrations with Dem leadership for a moment and think back to the blue wave districts that flipped red to blue. /2
I interviewed and published a sizable chunk of Dems who flipped seats in 2018. I asked them explicitly about impeachment. They were across-the-board non-committal. That’s not what they ran on. They ran on healthcare. They ran on voting rights. They ran on the environment. /3
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#AbigailFillmore created the WH library.
#EdithWilson basically served as POTUS after Woodrow had a stroke.
#EleanorRoosevelt desegregated the WH, was on the board of #NAACP, helped create the UN, and was the first chairman of the UN Human Rights Commission.
#BeBest 1/
#JackieKennedy restored and refurbished the WH and was a style icon.
#BettyFord fought for the #ERA and abortion rights, raised awareness for both breast cancer and addiction.
#RosalynCarter attended all Cabinet meetings and advocated for mental health awareness.
#BarbaraBush raised awareness about literacy.
#HillaryClinton was head of the Task Force on National Health Care Reform and created #CHIP. Her speech on women's rights as human rights at Beijing was an international sensation. She also won a Grammy while in the WH.
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Why is equality so damn hard?

I went to the #ERAHearing today, and it was an historic event, to be sure.

The issue: if 1 more state (hopefully Virginia!) ratifies the #ERA, can it become a part of the Constitution given that the original date for ratification has expired?
If they extended it once, can Congress remove the deadline?

I think it's pretty clear the answer is yes, and it shouldn't take the Supreme Court to figure it out.

I showed up to today's hearing because I'm a fan of equality. But part of me left the hearing scratching my head.
Why should anyone have to be a "fan" of equality? That's like saying you're a fan of justice, or good, or fairness. Some things just need to be presumed.

But as several speakers pointed out, equality is never presumed. It's always debated. Impediments are thrown up.
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The 19th Amendment, - the right to vote regardless of sex - was never expanded beyond voting boundaries. ERA would prohibit ALL discrimination. - Sullivan notes.
Spearman, who is black, a woman and a veteran adds: Whether its about sexism, racism, or homophobia, "we always parse words about whether someone has the right to equality. " Civil rights in the US were ratified because "it was the right thing to do."
The #ERA should be considered in the same light, Spearman says.
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"I would like to be able to take out my pocket Constitution and say that the equal citizenship stature of men and women is a fundamental tenet of our society like free speech." - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2017

Will we get any closer to making this a reality? Join me at 10.
A link to a live stream of the hearing will also be available here:…
“Women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”…
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Join me Tuesday at 10AM ET as I live-tweet the House Judiciary Committee's first hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment in 36 years.
If you're thinking, what is the Equal Rights Amendment and don't women have all the same rights and protections as men? No, they do not. The only right that the Constitution explicitly guarantees women is the right to vote.
If ERA was amended to the Constitution, it would be explicit for once and all - you cannot violate a person's civil rights based on their sex.
This is a big deal.
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Heading to DC for the 1st Congressional hearing on Equal Rights Amendment in 36 years‼️ & most exciting #ERA event since the 2012 We Are Woman Capitol rally 🙌

Here's why all lawyers➕lawmakers➕everyday Americans should care abt #ERANow & why arguments v #ERA are 🗑️ (a thread):
We are FINALLY only ONE STATE away from actually ratifying this sucker & getting equality on the basis of sex into the Constitution! WE ARE SO VERY CLOSE & everyone should care! Changing our Constitution is one of the most difficult processes in the world.

2/ LAWYERS should care about the #ERA bc the 1st section of the amendment will be used to litigate cases abt discrimination on the basis of sex.

The ABA (the largest bar association in the US) actively supports ratification of the #ERA:…
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Thank you, @TerryMcAuliffe. Under your leadership and respect for diversity, Virginia grew stronger.

Now only a few seats away from taking control of the General Assembly, we're dreaming about what will be possible without @VA_GOP obstruction.

It's time to #ShowUpVirginia!
The #ERA.
Criminal justice reform.
Ending debtor prisons.
True community policing.
ICE out of our neighborhoods.
Smart growth.
Clean energy jobs.
Dramatically raised teacher pay.
Early childhood education.
Resources for the abused.
Language immersion.
Driver's licenses for all.
Enhanced in-state tuition.
Clamping down on payroll fraud.
The end of right to work.
The rise of collective bargaining.
A living wage.
Expanded Medicaid, again.
Affordable housing investment.
Enhanced hate crime reporting.
Public works project PLA's.
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My top three issues are education, the #ERA, and criminal justice reform. Today I'm proud to announce Prince William County School Board chair @lateef4chair has endorsed our campaign!
I’m honored to have the support of so many public servants and leaders who live in our communities and have a long track record of investing in our children.
"We need a partner in the Genl Assembly who is willing & able to advocate for our kids, to ensure we have the resources to adequately address the needs of our vibrant community. Hassan is the candidate best suited for that task; I'm proud to support him,” said Chair Lateef.
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#Missouri #SCR7 being presented by Senator @JillSchupp in #moleg Senate Rules Committee #ERA #ERANOW Rowden Bernskoetter, Hegeman, Schatz present, from what I can tell.
Lots of hands go up to testify in favor. Fewer will testify opposed.
#SCR7 #moleg
Schatz inquires about the impact of the original #ERA deadline.
Jason Holsman, who has sponsored ERA in 2013 or 2014 is now present. #ERANOW #MOLEG #SCR7
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Below Are The Many Ways To Help The #ERAyesAZ Efforts

We have until April to #RatifyTheERA in Az, good news is we have the votes, all we need is YOU!

This thread will go over how anybody can help this effort, from anywhere in the nation

#WomensHistoryMonth #38Miles #ERANow

There is a huge 3 day hike in Phx spanning #38Miles, in honor of Alice Paul & her band of suffragists who hiked for equality back in 1913

Women from all over the country will be attending

March 11-13, you can attend 1 day or all 3

Register below 👇🏼…

If you cannot attend the #38Miles march, you can sponsor someone!

With your donation of $1 per mile ($38), you will recieve a sash handmade by the volunteers at @erataskforceaz

Please remember to include your name & address in the PayPal notes at
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"The child reported the assault and declared she believed the negro scoundrel was one Owen Anderson, but that he was disguised so that she could hardly tell. He was taken in charge at once and brought before her, but she failed to identify him..."
"...The prisoner was taken down Church street to the depot...and Anderson was raised up and was dead in a few minutes...One ball struck in the head, one in the body, and one in the leg."

Richmond Dispatch, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1889
Virginia is one of the capitals of the Confederacy. We have a dark and painful history of slavery, defending it, and then creating a different "peculiar institution" to perpetuate it.
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For all the men who relentlessly say things like "What rights do men have that women don't?" & other ignorant, regurgitated talking points designed to shut down conversation:
Also, if the #ERA would add absolutely no new constitutional protections, it would essentially just be there to make us feel better & more included in our country. Why would you oppose something you think is truly toothless? 🤔

(*whispers: you don't actually think that 👋🏼*)
It can be hard for men to see the protections they have that women don't.

There simply aren't as many laws that discriminate against men. Tho, RBG managed to find some & litigate those cases so that the all-male SCOTUS at the time could actually SEE the discrimination 👀
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