OPERATION: COOKIE DROP
Join the ERA-NC Alliance for Operation Cookie Drop: “I Love the ERA” at the North Carolina General Assembly at 16 West Jones Street in Raleigh, NC on June 7, 2017, at 2:00 pm. Gather in the 1300 quadrant. In an effort to alert the members of the House and Senate Committees on Rules as to the importance of ERA bills HB102 and S85, participants will distribute heart-shaped cookies and literature on why the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) should be ratified. The cookies will be provided to participants.
The Cookie Drop also flips the script on an incident in which former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory handed pro-choice protestors cookies while they were protesting the infamous Motorcycle Vagina Laws. McCrory’s gesture was questioned as being patronizing. The Cookie Drop underscores the fact that the women of North Carolina don’t want cookies as platitudes; they want true legal equality in the United States.
The ERA is a Constitutional amendment affirming the legal equality of the sexes that reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Congress passed the Amendment in 1972, but the bill received only 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications by the deadline in 1982 and lay dormant for 35 years. On March 22, 2017, however, Nevada ratified the ERA, making them the first state to do so in 40 years and accelerating the countrywide push for the final two ratifications.
ERA ratification bills HB102 and S85 were both sent to the House and State Committees on Rules, where bills frequently expire without being voted on. Furthermore, the General Assembly is currently pushing to truncate this year’s session, additionally diminishing the chances that the bills will be heard this session. Our hope is to draw their attention to the need to pass bills out of committee and inform the members about the issue of the ERA in general.
Urge the members of the Rules Committees to support the ERA by downloading and acting on the latest ERA-NC Legislative Alert. Follow up by joining us on June 7th for Operation: Cookie Drop! Download our event flyer and share widely: Operation: Cookie Drop Flyer
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