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ERA-NC Alliance News and Holiday Greetings

Dear ERA friends, 
As the year draws to a close we want to thank you for all that you did in 2018 to support the Equal Rights Amendment and, in turn, women and girls throughout our state and nation.  Here’s hoping that North Carolina will be the 38th state to ratify ERA!  

A few updates and requests:
1 – We’re looking at early March 2019for the ERA bills to be introduced in the House and Senate, so please keep your eye out for updates and calls to action from us around that time.  The focus will be on contacting our representatives to encourage them to sign on as co-sponsors, to pass the bills out of committee with a favorable report, and to remind our reps why ERA matters in North Carolina. 
2 – Stronger Together WNC-North’s next meeting is an ERA postcard-writing event.  Thanks to Bridget Leibold for her leadership on this; we appreciate the ongoing support of STWNC-N as we work together for women.  Feel free to come write some postcards with us on Saturday, January 12, at 10:30am in the Weaverville Library (41 N. Main St., 28787).  Jimmie and Roberta Madden will also be present to provide the latest updates and information about ERA.  
3 – Ann Von Brock is leading a project called the 2018-2019 County Contact Campaign (C3).  The goal is to build a volunteer network in every North Carolina county to urge lawmakers to ratify ERA; specifically, we want to make targeted contacts with our county reps from December to April.  So far in Western North Carolina we have volunteers from all counties except the following:
Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Macon, Rutherford, Cleveland, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Caldwell, Alexander, Wilkes, Ashe, Alleghany, Surry, Yadkin, StokesIf you know someone in these counties who might like to serve as a volunteer, please check in with Jimmie or Ellen soon.  
Thanks again to Ann (western NC) who has been working with the other regional chairs Judy Lotas (eastern NC) and Sherry McQueen (central NC) on this terrific campaign. 
4 – Finally, here is a recent article that reminds us to keep supporting women candidates in 2019 and beyond:
“Across the country, women who mobilized around the 2018 midterms are now mobilizing to make sure that the so-called Year of the Woman is not just that — one year.”


Thanks again for your energy and dedication.  Have a festive holiday season and bright new year!
Jimmie and Ellen

Jimmie Cochran Pratt Action Team Leader
Congressional District 10
ERA-NC Alliance

Ellen J. Action Team Leader Congressional District 11 ERA-NC Alliance



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