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Call For Justice Merrick Garland To Be Seated

CALL-IN TO SENATE JUDICIARY: 
This call-in event is directed to the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee, your two senators & the White House. 

Lifetime appointments to the Court will have a profound impact on civil rights for decades to come.

A Justice is appointed for a lifetime; far exceeding a congressional two-year term, a senatorial six-year term or an eight-year term for president. It’s importance cannot be stressed enough. 

BACKGROUND
As Americans grapple with an abrupt return to the conservative majority that has dominated the Supreme Court since the 1970s, the continuation of the Republican controlled Congress and now White House, we have a civic and moral imperative: To insist that the process for judicial appointments be adhered to as well as the legitimacy of executive appointments. 

The nine-member Supreme Court of the United States is responsible for interpreting the US Constitution in modern society and upholding precedent with regard to civil liberties as settled law. This cannot be taken for granted under any circumstances.

It is imperative that the United States maintain a two-party system of checks and balances, however slight, through the critical judicial appointment constitutionally due under the Obama Administration, for our country’s sake and for the world.

JOIN OUR CALL TO ACTION! 

1) Dial the Senate Judiciary Office at 202-224-5225 and leave this message:

Sample Message (paraphrase): “My name is ________. I am a registered voter from (city, state). It is imperative that the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on Feb. 13, 2016 no longer be ignored, obstructed or disgraced by members of the 114th Congress. There has been no senate hearing in opposition to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee announced on March 16, 2016. Therefore, it’s time to move forward and seat Justice Merrick Garland. 

I urge the Judiciary committee and my senators to heed their sworn *Oath of Office, or support an Executive Order if necessary, to seat Justice Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. This executive duty and privilege must not be forfeited by Democrats in the minority nor barred by the Republican majority for political gain.” 

2. Dial the Capitol Switchboard at 1-877-762-8762 to reach both of your senators’ offices. Either speak with or leave a similar message for their JUDICIARY staffer. 

3. Leave a comment on the White House comment line at 202-456-1111. Or you can send an email to the President from this webpage. https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact%20.
You’ll find Donald Trump on Twitter @realDonaldTrump. 


*Congressional Oath of Office: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

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Equality Is Ours to Win – Happy Women’s Equality Day 2015

U4E logoIsn’t it gratifying to know what our Foremothers endured to secure the freedom and opportunities we have today? Their selfless sacrifice is a testament and loving reminder to what women can achieve when they focus action on collective solutions.

The 226-year old U.S. Constitution seems pretty irrelevant to our daily lives, but it directs how elected officials, courts, governors and presidents carry out their respective duties. The question is whether the U.S. Constitution should uphold a social hierarchy where the rights, responsibilities and duties of Men are superior to Women?

Considering that:
• 70% of working women have children under 18 to support (US Department of Labor, 2015)
• 53% of unmarried people 18 and over are women (U.S. Census, 2014)
• 68% of elderly poor are women (National Women’s Law Center, 2013)

Women are no longer the dependents of men nor secondary to society’s economic well-being, yet this must be formally recognized by governments through renegotiation of our social contract.

We have an exciting opportunity today to each do our part to push the Equal Rights Amendment forward across the finish line. This is our moment of glory, Ladies to “Finish What Was Started”. In the same spirit that each of us has achieved much in our careers and personal lives, let’s not condone unfinished business in our political lives. Like our Forebears, we share their pride in advancing greater equality of treatment and opportunity for our children, grandchildren and so on…

WHERE ERA IS TODAY

As of June 30, 1982, the equal rights amendment has won the requisite 2/3 of the US House and Senate’s approval plus 35 states! That leaves three states left to acquire.

1) We must make our voices heard that Women won’t forfeit the majority of support the ERA has already achieved to Start All Over again!
2) We expect our elected representatives to remove the ERA’s deadline, so the process can continue for those final three states.
3) We will support the eight states with campaigns set to go to become # 36, #37 or #38 to victory. These are: (VA, NC, FL, LA, IL, MO, AZ and NV)

Women’s time, money and energy are precious, but we cannot afford to remain spectators in the face of continuing social decline. Future generations are depending upon us!

Let’s choose again the most sustainable investment of our time and talents: the Equal Rights Amendment. Because women’s constitutional equality is the fundamental catalyst to move Uncle Sam beyond studies, reports and partisan debates to concrete action!

If you will call Congress and persuade friends to call, that is the most important job to be done. Or if you prefer to write blogs or press releases, make a donation or fundraise, speak to groups, or record a You Tube testimonial, your contribution won’t go unnoticed. With your commitment, the ERA will become a national priority once again.

Happy Women’s Equality Day, Ladies. Our future begins with us!

Carolyn A. Cook
Authored HJR 51/ SJR 15
CEO/Founder United 4 Equality, LLC 
ERA 2015 campaign

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Hypocricy of American Democracy: Bipartisan Senate Approves Equal Rights for Some (S.815), But NOT for Women (SJR15)

When U.S. voters consider who truly represents their interests and those of their families, United 4 Equality, LLC believes you deserve to know the facts.

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)

Ayotte (R-NH)
Baucus (D-MT)
Booker (D-NJ)
Carper (D-DE)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Heller (R-NV)
Johnson (D-SD)
King (I-ME)
Leahy (D-VT)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Schatz (D-HI)
Tester (D-MT)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Whitehouse (D-RI)

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.

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