(Deceased) Army Pfc, Sarina N. Butcher (19 yrs)
(Deceased) Army Captain Gussie M. Jones (41 yrs)
(Deceased) Sgt. Zainah C. Creamer (28 yrs)
- Army Pfc Sarina N. Butcher died when her vehicle was attacked in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.
- Army Captain Gussie M. Jones died from a heart attack in Bagdad.
- Army Sergeant Zainah Caye Creamer died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit.
On April 2, 2013, the following five Arkansas senators on the Committee on State Agencies and Government Affairs, saw to it that the honor, dignity and respect of full citizenship to America’s servicewomen and to all women was DENIED.
In January 2013, the Pentagon announced its recommendation to lift the ban on women in combat. Great! BUT where was the recommendation for Uncle Sam to lift the ban on women included in the Constitution?
Governor Mike Beebe and First Lady Ginger Beebe, do you approve of the fact that Arkansas under your leadership freely chose to disallow women the equivalent protection of the US Constitution that men have?
Secretary Hagel, no more SERVICEWOMEN into Harm’s Way without ending their 2nd class citizenship under the ERA.
These five senators not only disgraced the residents, students, families, businesses, nonprofits and military that reside within their districts, but willfully ignored the courage and sacrifice that led Sarina, Zainah and Gussie into battle and to all women who are subjected to customary and institutional oppression under the U.S. government today.
Stop playing “god” with women’s lives in the US and around the world under the guise of legality or morality.
America, wake up and get real. Politics in government is the best reality show on TV and you have your very own role to play. Tune out the trash and tune into your rights being upheld. We the People will be the (s)heroes of this hit reality show here and around the world when you wake up to insist upon equality for all under the ERA 2015 campaign.
Link to the actual hearing in the AR Assembly.
Link to full AP article covering ERA hearing in Arkansas.
Posted: April 2, 2013 – 3:55pm Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A renewed effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution failed before an Arkansas state Senate panel Tuesday, after opponents said they believed the move would have unintended consequences ranging from mandatory coed bathrooms to government-funded abortions.