Archive for November, 2013
Hypocricy of American Democracy: Bipartisan Senate Approves Equal Rights for Some (S.815), But NOT for Women (SJR15)
United 4 Equality, LLC, a mother-daughter owned social enterprise, championed the groundbreaking legislation (SJR15/HJR43) challenging the Congressional deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 112th and 113th Congresses. (*The last 30 years, the Equal Rights Amendment lay dormant – just three states away from victory.)
The Equal Rights Amendment states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not denied or abridged by the United States or by any state be on account of sex.” The ERA will end the U.S. government’s right to use laws and policies to intentionally discriminate or bar women from full and equal citizenship and opportunity in our country.
The dirty little secret few know: The U.S. Congress is solely responsible for the ERA’s defeat because it placed an unconstitutional deadline on Equal Rights for Women. You know what else? Thanks to Congress, the ERA expired on June 30, 1982 just three states shy of amending our Constitution and ending women’s 2nd class citizenship.
Which begs the question: Where is the media’s responsibility to inform its viewers of this piece of legislation that will profoundly change the course of American history and the human race?
If you are fans of these news sources (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, Bill Moyer’s Journal, Amy Goodman’s Democracy NOW, Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, Bill O’Reilly, Colbert Report, or the Daily Show (you get the idea) why did none of these folks (democrats or republicans) see fit to inform you as their respected and loyal audience of legislation that will be life changing for all Americans? Ask them!
Thank goodness for the internet where real democracy lives.
Whether you like it or not, these folks who were “hired” to represent you will continue to make decisions on your behalf and our country’s future without your involvement nor media coverage. Why purchase a service (in this case political representation) and then leave your money on the table without a receipt for the transaction?
The price of American apathy and women’s fear to upset the status quo: Congress has seen fit to discuss human rights for every other group but WOMEN (the right to marry, the right to be treated equally in the workplace ENDA, for religious consciousness, for gun ownership, for undocumented immigrants to become citizens, for banks and cars to be bailed out, etc…) YET leaves out 51% of Americans – ourselves, our wives, our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, friends, etc…? Is this the kind of decision-making you are willing to accept?! We’re not.
Our political system is broken and our Constitution is flawed. It does not stand for equality and justice for All (nor a fair path to achieve it for Women). Americans are falling through the cracks because of our unwillingness to admit Congress and the President have strayed too far off course and it’s time for a new day. One that steps forward and embraces Women as co-stewards of America’s recovery and future prosperity. Only then will America lead again and peace prevail.
As voters, value your responsibility to participate in this broken government and get it back on track. (Particularly those of us who had to fight for that right to vote.) The power we wield as voters to determine our needs and interests will become a reality for Uncle Sam if we deem it so.
Note the list of senators below. They voted YES to ending workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Fantastic and we applaud them for their leadership!
However, we criticize the fact that these same senators have NOT cosponsored SJR15 to send the Equal Rights Amendment back out to the last three states to amend the Constitution a.s.a.p.
If you claim any one of these folks as your senator(s), and you do nothing to voice your discontent and disagreement with their not cosponsoring SJR15 – then you remain part of the problem and not the solution.
No government should deny to any woman her dignity, respect and equality of opportunity to develop to her full potential – and certainly not the U.S. Government in the 21st Century.
Furthermore, the Framers intended for a balance of power between Congress and the States. Each has the right to ratify amendments as they see fit and not be bound by arbitrary deadlines.
Call toll-free 1-877-762-8762 and ask for your senator’s office and then the Chief of Staff. Don’t shoot low on this one. Tell them your name and what city you’re from and a similar sentiment: “I do not approve of my senator approving human rights for some (S.815) BUT not human rights for Women (SJR15). I urge s/he to cosponsor SJR15 immediately, so we can remove this absurd obstacle to America’s progress and equal opportunity for women.” [Keep calling. Get your friends and family to call. Persistence does pay off. Spread the word. Let us know if we can help.]
SENATORS TO CONTACT FOR NOT COSPONSORING BIPARTISAN BILL “REMOVING DEADLINE TO LAST THREE STATES TO APPROVE EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN” (SJR15)
Get Congress to cosponsor and pass SJR15 now. One single action we can all take together that will stand the test of time. It’s a measurement and investment in the future of our country and the character of the politicians we’ve elected to ensure it.