Tallahassee Update… Senator’s Cardin and Kirk introduce Equal Rights Amendment Resolution
by Helene Swanson
Dear Family and Friends,
It has been a bit since my last update, I am enroute to Atlanta, Georgia having left Tallahassee, Florida several days ago. While in Tallahassee, Linda Miklowitz of United4Equality – Florida was most helpful. She got me a hotel room for two nights.
It had been quite sometime since I slept on a mattress and treating me to such delicious food. We meet with US Senators Rubio and Nelson‘s staff to ask them to co-sponsor US Senators Cardin’s and Kirk‘s resolution S.J. Res. 15: A joint resolution removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which was introduced in the 114th Congressional Session this past Friday, May 7th, 2015. Attending the meetings telephonically was Bettina Hager of ERA Coalition, Betty Folliard of ERAMN, Cathy Pagnellli Kaelin of ERA Action, Eileen Davis of Women Matter, Marena Groll of Ratify ERA NC, Janette Dean of Nevada Ratify the ERA, Sandy Osteriech of 2PassERA.
Following Linda’s brilliant lead we also met with US Representative Gwen Graham and Mayor Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee. Both Rep. Graham and Mayor Gillum squeezed us into their busy schedule with less than 25 hours notice. The meeting with Mayor Gillum was at 7:30 am. I must add that am impressed with young man. He scheduled our meeting to precede his appointment Ms. Chevara Orrin of We Are Straight Allies so that he could introduce us to this phenomenal young lady. At the meeting with Mayor Gillum we spoke about importance of the ERA and requested that he reach out to his colleagues across the state and call on them to support Florida in ratifying the ERA. We also asked that he move Tallahassee to join the “Cities for CEDAW” campaign.
Linda also arranged for a Press Conference which we received excellent coverage. Please see http://news.wfsu.org/post/activist-crosses-country-foot-promote-equal-rights-amendment
And don’t forget to HOLD THE DATE for our ERA MARCH TO THE CAPITOL this coming Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2015, from St. Stephens and the Incarnation. We will have so many wonderful speakers and the following day we are going to charge the hill and demand Equality for All.
And do share with them the good news that those with “boots on the ground’ leading the charge for the passage of the ERA are working together and we will not be divided.
Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers. With your help we are changing the world.
Love and LIght in Christ,
Helene Swanson, Co-Founder of Katrina’s Dream