League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area

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Update: Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment!

Jan 1, 2019

The League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area supports the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Our biggest task on the issue of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia right now is to have family, friends and neighbors sign the petition (https://varatifyera.org/petition/). The petition crested over the halfway mark on Christmas Eve with 10,203 Virginian signatures. Useful maps showing signatures by House district are available on the petition page.   We are also hoping to get letters to the editors in before General Assembly. There is info on how to do that here: https://varatifyera.org/toolkit/write-a-letter-to-the-editor/

The LWV-VA is joining with VAratifyERA on January 9th in Richmond to “welcome” Legislators back and demonstrate the commitment to ratifying the ERA in this session. January 9th will be a special WLRT (Women’s Legislative Round Table). VAratifyERA has a day of activities planned (see Facebook link below).  Charlottesville NOW is organizing a bus for that day from Cville for the General Assembly Welcome Back Party and ERA Rally in Richmond on January 9. A $30 donation to Cville NOW reserves your seat on the bus and includes the admission to the Party4Parity. Those who cannot afford the full donation can pay what they can — scholarships will be available to make up the difference. The approximate depart time is 8 am and return time 6:00 pm. The bus will leave from the Shops at Stonefield parking lot in front of the Hyatt Hotel on Hydraulic Road where you can leave your car for the day. Sign up here: https://virginia.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cBzsGRAHv46LXOl

This is an opportunity to line the sidewalks to welcome back legislators and show them our support for the ERA. Here’s the FB link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1715676061871244/ (with an RBG screening the night before: https://www.facebook.com/events/369325863641389/)

Calls to action in general are posted here: https://varatifyera.org/calls-to-action/ After January 9, we are encouraging people to attend every day of General Assembly. The VAratifyERA campaign will hold different events during each week. For example, the week of January 21 is planned as “Not One More GenERAtion” week for parents and children to come and talk with legislators and observe sessions. Another day to keep in mind is “Crossover” day, February 5, meaning that the ERA resolution(s) would need to be passed in each chamber and passed to the other chamber by that day in order to be enacted during the 2019 session. For more information, contact Megan Tracy at kiskamet@gmail.com.

Calendar

Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 9
Event: Virginia General Assembly opens for 46-day session
Place: Richmond Capital Building
Contact: For further information, go to https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/
Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 9, 9:30 am
Event: LWV CVA International Relations/Federal Government Committee Meeting
Place: Home of Molly O'Brien, 250 West Main St., #602, 245-9806
Contact: For further information, contact Elaine Longerbeam, (540) 832-7296
Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 9, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Event: LWV CVA Board of Directors Meeting
Place: Westminster-Canterbury, Pantops
Contact: For further information, contact Pat Cochran, email: patcochranlwvcva@gmail.com/
Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 16, 8 am to 10 am
Event: LWV-VA Women's Legislative Round Table (WLRT)
Place: SunTrust Center, 919 E Main St, Richmond, VA
Contact: For further information, https://lwv-va.org/womens-legislative-round-table//
Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 16, 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: LWV CVA Natural Resources Committee Meeting
Place: University Village (small committee room) 500 Crestwood Dr.
Contact: For further information, contact Sally Thomas, 295-1819
Date/Time: Mon., Jan. 21, Noon to 6 pm
Event: 27th Annual MLK Vigil at 2 pm
Place: Belltower, 9th and Bank Sts., Richmond
Contact: Bus to rally is FREE, BUT you must make reservation! Bus leaves at noon from 2200 Angus Rd. Charlottesville. For further information and to make bus reservation, contact Gay 434-409-3324 or email: ccgvp1@gmail.com /
Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 23, 8 am to 10 am
Event: LWV-VA Women's Legislative Round Table (WLRT)
Place: SunTrust Center, 919 E Main St, Richmond, VA
Contact: For further information, https://lwv-va.org/womens-legislative-round-table//
Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 23, 9:30 am
Event: LWV CVA International Relations/Federal Government Committee Meeting
Place: Home of Jean Minehart, 1714 Yorktown Dr., 971-1801
Contact: For further information, contact Elaine Longerbeam, (540) 832-7296
Date/Time: Sat., Jan. 26, 10 am to 2 pm
Event: LWV CVA Finance Drive "Envelope Stuffing" Party
Place: Bishop Conference Room, Westminster-Canterbury, Pantops
Contact: For further information, contact Frances Schutz, 979-5413
Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 30, 8 am to 10 am
Event: LWV-VA Women's Legislative Round Table (WLRT)
Place: SunTrust Center, 919 E Main St, Richmond, VA
Contact: For further information, https://lwv-va.org/womens-legislative-round-table//

League of Women Voters
of the Charlottesville Area
Mailing Address:
PO Box 2786
Charlottesville, VA  22902
Email:  lwv@lwv-cva.org

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