Who: Helene de Boissiere-Swanson, Founder – Katrina’s Dream
What: Pilgrimage to Remove the Deadline on the E.R.A.
Why: To Petition the Senate to Vote “Yea!” on S.J. Res. 6
When: July 19, 2020, Seneca Falls Convention 172nd Anniversary
August 26, 2020, Women’s Equality Day
Where: Start – Mailboxes on 5th, Park Slope, NY
Destination – St. Saviour’s Church, Bar Harbor, ME
PARK SLOPE, NY – On July 19, 2020, Helene de Boissiere – Swanson will make her third pilgrimage: Walk the Talk: U.S. Congress – Remove the Deadline on the E.R.A. Swanson will leave from her late brother George‘s business Mailboxes on 5th in Park Slope, New York. George was instrumental in providing strategy and philosophy since the inception of Katrina’s Dream. Swanson will be heading to St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, Maine, where her mother-in-law, the Rev. Katrina Swanson, one of the “Philadelphia Eleven “, celebrated the Liturgy in Thanksgiving for the Ordination of Women. Swanson is prayerfully petitioning Congress to remove the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment.
As with the first two Walk the Talk pilgrimages, there is an indigenous spirit and multi-faith component to the walk and dedication to those who have gone before on the quest for equality for all humanity. The Walk the Talk pilgrimages were planned in three parts in order to be representative of the three quivers carried by The Sleeping Lady. The premise of the third spirit walk is that the Sleeping Lady is to join male spirit energy at Mt. Cadillac wherefrom that moment forward, when the sun rays first light upon the United States, their spirits in unison travel across the land bringing Peace, Love and Understanding to all people.
Each day of the pilgrimage advocates across the nation will be encouraged to contact their U.S. Senators and petition them to co-sponsor S.J. Res. 6, and to reach out to their colleagues in an effort of non-artisan support and vote “Yea!” when S.J. Res 6, the resolution removing the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment comes to the floor for a vote. A script for petitioning Senators can be founded at The Power of 10.
Since 2017, three states have ratified meeting the necessary requirements to have an amendment included in the U.S. Constitution. The three states are Nevada (2017), Illinois (2018), and Virginia (2020). This past February 13, 2020, the U.S. House Chamber voted “Yea!” on H.J. Res 79. All that is now necessary is for the U.S. Senate Chamber is to join the U.S. House Chamber in voting “Yea!” on removing the deadline on the E.R.A. too. Then the E.R.A. will become the law of the land.
The Walk the Talk pilgrimages have been planned in three parts in order to be representative of the three quivers carried by The Sleeping Lady. The premise is that the Sleeping Lady is to join male spirit energy at Mt. Cadillac wherefrom that moment forward, when the sun rays first light upon the United States, their spirits in unison travel across the land bringing Peace, Love and Understanding to all people.
The pilgrimage began with Morning Prayer at Trinity Episcopal Church celebrated by The Rev. Robert T. Coolidge, and William and Helene Swanson, gathered for a quiet Morning Prayer service at Trinity Episcopal Church at 8:00 am. The service was led by Rev. Robert T. Coolidge, the former family historian for The Monticello Association. Following Morning Matins, the group headed over to the Women’s Rights National History Park, in Seneca Falls, N.Y., to the southwest area near the Wesleyan Chapel for a blessing of Helene by Rev. Coolidge and a short press conference held at 9:30 a.m.
Afterward, Helene and her husband, William, headed over to the Post Office, mailing off 1000+ postcards addressed to the President of the United States. As she walked Swanson met many sharing the urgency of passing the E.R.A which ignited a spark across the country for the renewed effort. Swanson was then on the road for the next 38 days making her way on foot from parish to parish on her way to the White House. Along the way, Swanson met with many folk and reporters sharing the urgency of passing the Equal Rights Amendment to spotlight women’s issues, gay rights. The walk ended at St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation, Washington, DC, on August 26, 2012.
Swanson met with many legislators both on the state and federal level. It was in Nevada that she met with activist Janette Dean whom she later introduced to Peggy Dolan Viney, having enjoyed Easter dinner with the Dolan family who she met earlier that day at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fallon, Nevada, The Dolan family are descendants of one of the pioneering ranching Wilson Family, who settled Nevada the mid-1800’s and took in a young Piute boy known as Wovonka Wovonka. Jeanette Dean along with many other activists moved Nevada to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Dean testified at a 2015 Nevada legislative hearing crediting Swanson’s pilgrimage for inspiring her to organize efforts for Nevada to ratify the E.R.A. In 2017, Nevada became the first state to ratify in the 21st century.
The pilgrimage concluded with a service celebrated by Bishop Joe Morris Doss at St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation in Washington, DC, Doss blessed the advocates accompanying Swanson on the final four miles of the 7,000-mile pilgrimage and historic march on Women’s Equality Day to the U.S. Capitol where they rallied for passage of the E.R.A.
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