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Meet Sara Hagey, an incredible donor to Equal Rights Advocates! Along with a friend, Sara held a fundraiser to support Equal Rights Advocates during the New York City Women’s March on January 21 and raised over $1K!. She spoke with Development Director Tracey Heather about organizing a fundraiser with friends, and how easy it can be to get involved in the issues you care about.

Why Equal Rights Advocates and Why Now?
Like millions of others, my college friend, Lila Habermann (pictured on left), and I knew we wanted to march in one of the Women’s Marches. We didn't know how big the march would be in NY and we wanted to do something that had more of an impact than just marching. We had held some small fundraisers before for running races and cancer walks, so decided to coordinate a fundraiser for after the march. The idea of doing an event lead us to Equal Rights Advocates. We searched on Charity Navigator for women’s organization focused on equity work and found ERA – we were impressed with the great work of the organization as well as the high rating. It was the perfect fit.

Why did you feel like you had to do something?
We are millennials who live in NYC and are surrounded by like-minded people. It was important for us to find a way to have an impact beyond our bubble and ERA has that larger reach. The protection of women’s rights matters to us as 26 year-old women. We did not want to sit around and accept the way that President Trump speaks about and treats women. We knew this was a slippery slope, and we are passionate about making sure no one feels marginalized. We felt the need to act and resist – this is not the world we want to live in!

How did you pull it off?
The fundraiser was super easy to coordinate. We created a Facebook event and Lila and I invited everyone we know, and suggested that people bring friends. We found a venue – a local bar, and they let us use the space and charge people admission. We then reached out to restaurants, comedy shows, exercise classes, etc. to ask them to donate and we got a really great response. We ended up receiving over 20 items and auctioned off the items during the event. About 90% of our friends had not marched and we were able to talk about ERA and raise awareness! In the end, we had over 70 people attend and we raised $1,400!

What were the key factors in making the event a success?
Don’t be afraid to ask others to help. There is power in numbers. Don’t over think it – it really does not take a lot of planning or effort. It was very easy to coordinate and ended up being such a fun event! Be creative.

What’s next?
It felt like a win, but almost like it was not enough. It made me ask the question: What else can I do to make a difference? I feel like I am now invested in Equal Rights Advocates and am looking forward to getting more involved. It makes me feel that I am making an impact by joining an organization that is driving change.

If you could change the world, what would you do?
I would create a time machine and go back in time. I took so many things for granted during the election cycle and thought things would work out the way we wanted. If I had known, I would have acted sooner.

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With concerns about the Department of Education's enforcement of Title IX and a massive record release from the University of California about employee sexual misconduct, ERA had a big week of media coverage on the topics of sexual assault on campus and the urgency of defending Title IX.

  • Executive Director Noreen Farrell spoke with the Associated Press and The Guardian about the University of California’s public release of employee sexual misconduct records.

While there has been increasing recognition of the epidemic of campus sexual assault in America, the UC records reveal a disturbing pattern in how administrators deal with assailants when they are faculty, Farrell said: “It’s a vicious cycle. How is a college to shift a culture among its students if it’s giving a free pass to its own employees?”

  • Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Peterson-Fisher spoke with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about an amici brief defending the right to Title IX damages that ERA served as primary author on, which was filed this week.
  • Legal Director Jennifer Reisch talked to BuzzFeed about the backlog of Title IX complaints in OCR and concerns that they might not be adequately resolved under Secretary DeVos.

 

 

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The U.S. Supreme Court is ground zero for defending our constitutional and civil rights. An important battle for the court will begin on Monday, March 20 when the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch gets underway before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Tell your Senators this week that Judge Gorsuch is an unacceptable candidate for the nation's highest court.

DEFENDING OUR RIGHTS AGAINST THE TRUMP AGENDA

Why is Equal Rights Advocates opposing Gorsuch? His record demonstrates that he will not uphold the constitutional rights of women and all working people:

  • President Trump promised to nominate a candidate to the Supreme Court who would reverse Roe v. Wade and we’re taking him at his word that Judge Gorsuch would support such a ruling.
    Gorsuch’s approach to interpreting the law would have a devastating impact on protections for women and girls in critical areas like employment, education, healthcare, and reproductive rights.
  • His track record as an appellate judge is appalling when it comes to immigrant rights, protections for people with disabilities, and workplace safety.
  • His ruling in Hobby Lobby -- that corporations are people and can claim religious rights – set a dangerous precedent for LGBTQ discrimination, as well as allowing employers to deny women birth control coverage.

The Senate sat on the nomination of an overwhelmingly qualified candidate – Judge Merrick Garland – for over a year to allow Trump the opportunity to appoint someone like Gorsuch who will take us back decades in the fight for an equitable and just society for all Americans. Let your senators know that you’re not buying it – they must do everything in their power to block the nomination of Gorsuch. Call and write your Senators now!

OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE WEEK

Wednesday, March 15 is the Ides of March. But this year, we’ll be marking The Ides of Trump and joining a national day of resistance. Collectively, we will mail hundreds of thousands of postcards to the White House, calling on the president to support women and stand for our values.

There are many ways to participate:

  • Simply write a card or two at home and mail them to the address below.
  • Get together with friends and make a party of it.
  • Join ERA at a postcard happy hour in San Francisco (The Hall, 1028 Market St, 5:00-6:30pm) and help us write and mail a huge stack of our “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” postcards.
  • Wherever you are, take a picture of your cards and post them on social media (tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump or #TheIdes and @EqualRightsAdv). 


On March 15 mail your cards to:
The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

NOT YET A MEMBER OF THE TEAM?
Join the Equal Rights Action Team to receive timely information on how you can help defend our hard-fought civil rights.

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This week, we celebrate the power and importance of collective action. When we stand united and speak out for our values, we can produce tangible change. 

GOING ON THE OFFENSE

In honor of International Women’s Day, this Wednesday, March 8, marks A Day Without A Woman. This powerful national strike will highlight the value and contributions of women at work and home. We will collectively send a message that women matter and demand equality. 

Join us! There are several ways you can participate in A Day Without A Woman: 

  1. Take the day off, from both paid and unpaid labor
  2. Avoid shopping (with exceptions for small, woman and minority-owned businesses)
  3. Wear red in solidarity 

In San Francisco? Join the San Francisco Women's March organizers for a rally at the front steps of City Hall (1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Plaza) from 10:30am-12pm. A brief program will feature speakers and artists and call for a continued movement to support the rights of all women.

Let your Facebook friends know you’re participating: download and share this graphic. Or tell your friends what you strike for on twitter using the hashtag #IStrikeFor. 

STAYING ON DEFENSE

This Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider a bill that would strip millions of Americans’ access to justice through class action lawsuits. 

Class actions are an essential tool in the fight for civil rights. In just the last year, ERA has used them to combat discrimination against women shipyard workers, pregnant grocery workers, and women seeking workers’ compensation (learn more about ERA's 2016 impact litigation here). Many of these women rely on class actions because they are vulnerable to retaliation unless they stand united in seeking justice. 

Call your representative today and ask them to stand for workers’ access to justice and vote NO on H.R. 985. 

Search by zip code for your representative’s phone number. Use or adapt the following script:

  1. I am a constituent from             . My name is            
  2. I urge Congressman/Congresswoman                        to vote no on H.R. 985. This bill would eliminate access to justice for millions of our country’s most vulnerable and marginalized communities.  

NOT YET A MEMBER OF THE TEAM?

Join the Equal Rights Action Team to receive timely information on how you can help defend our hard-fought civil rights.

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Meet Sara Hagey, an incredible donor to Equal Rights Advocates! Along with a friend, Sara held a fundraiser to support Equal Rights Advocates during the New York City Women’s March on January 21 and raised over $1K!. She spoke with Development Director Tracey Heather about organizing a fundraiser with friends, and how easy it can be to get involved in the issues you care about.

Why Equal Rights Advocates and Why Now?
Like millions of others, my college friend, Lila Habermann (pictured on left), and I knew we wanted to march in one of the Women’s Marches. We didn't know how big the march would be in NY and we wanted to do something that had more of an impact than just marching. We had held some small fundraisers before for running races and cancer walks, so decided to coordinate a fundraiser for after the march. The idea of doing an event lead us to Equal Rights Advocates. We searched on Charity Navigator for women’s organization focused on equity work and found ERA – we were impressed with the great work of the organization as well as the high rating. It was the perfect fit.

Why did you feel like you had to do something?
We are millennials who live in NYC and are surrounded by like-minded people. It was important for us to find a way to have an impact beyond our bubble and ERA has that larger reach. The protection of women’s rights matters to us as 26 year-old women. We did not want to sit around and accept the way that President Trump speaks about and treats women. We knew this was a slippery slope, and we are passionate about making sure no one feels marginalized. We felt the need to act and resist – this is not the world we want to live in!

How did you pull it off?
The fundraiser was super easy to coordinate. We created a Facebook event and Lila and I invited everyone we know, and suggested that people bring friends. We found a venue – a local bar, and they let us use the space and charge people admission. We then reached out to restaurants, comedy shows, exercise classes, etc. to ask them to donate and we got a really great response. We ended up receiving over 20 items and auctioned off the items during the event. About 90% of our friends had not marched and we were able to talk about ERA and raise awareness! In the end, we had over 70 people attend and we raised $1,400!

What were the key factors in making the event a success?
Don’t be afraid to ask others to help. There is power in numbers. Don’t over think it – it really does not take a lot of planning or effort. It was very easy to coordinate and ended up being such a fun event! Be creative.

What’s next?
It felt like a win, but almost like it was not enough. It made me ask the question: What else can I do to make a difference? I feel like I am now invested in Equal Rights Advocates and am looking forward to getting more involved. It makes me feel that I am making an impact by joining an organization that is driving change.

If you could change the world, what would you do?
I would create a time machine and go back in time. I took so many things for granted during the election cycle and thought things would work out the way we wanted. If I had known, I would have acted sooner.

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Donor Spotlight: How NYC Millennials Made a Difference

March 22, 2017 | by

Meet Sara Hagey, an incredible donor to Equal Rights Advocates! Along with a friend, Sara held a fundraiser to support Equal Rights Advocates during the New York City Women’s March on January 21...
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Defending Title IX in Schools: ERA’s Week in the News

March 14, 2017 | by

With concerns about the Department of Education’s enforcement of Title IX and a massive record release from the University of California about employee sexual misconduct, ERA had a big week of media...
read more

Action Alert: Stop Gorsuch

March 14, 2017 | by

The U.S. Supreme Court is ground zero for defending our constitutional and civil rights. An important battle for the court will begin on Monday, March 20 when the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil...
read more

Action Alert: A Day Without a Woman

March 8, 2017 | by

This week, we celebrate the power and importance of collective action. When we stand united and speak out for our values, we can produce tangible change.  GOING ON THE OFFENSE In honor of...
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