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Equal Rights Advocates is hitting the Women's March again this year! Join our contingents in San Francisco or Oakland - we'll have t-shirts, buttons, signs, and a banner. Sign up to march with us here and receive updates. 

 

San Francisco

10am to 12pm - Pre-March Meet-up at ERA 
Our office is right at the edge of the rally site in Civic Center: 1170 Market Street, Suite 700. 
Get your ERA march t-shirt or button. We'll have drinks and snacks -- and sign making materials available so you can tell the world why you're marching.

12pm to 12:45pm - Join the ERA contingent at the Rally, or remain at ERA for march prep!
We'll have an ERA group listening in to the rally at the corner of Larkin and Grove. Look for us in ERA shirts and with the ERA banner.

If you prefer to stay inside during the rally, or can't make it to the Pre-March Meet-Up before 12 noon, don't worry! Some ERA staff will be staying at the ERA office to greet new guests and enjoy any the company of marchers who are still making posters.

12:45pm to 1pm - Line up w/ ERA at Larkin and Grove
Come meet up with your friendly ERA march contingent between 12:45 and 1pm. We'll hand out t-shirts and buttons to those who don't have them already and get ready to march!

2pm to 5 pm - March to Embarcadero!
The march covers 1.7 mi of flat terrain.

 

Oakland 

9:30am to 9:55am - Pre-March Meet-up w/ ERA
Join us at the Southeast Corner of 10th Street & Fallon Street, 49 10th St., Oakland, CA 94607. 
We'll have ERA March t-shirts, buttons, and pre-made posters for you!

10am to 11am - Rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater 
Listen to amazing speakers and get fired up! 
Feel free to find us at the rally if you are not able to make it to the pre-march meet up (look for the ERA banner)!

11am – Lining up for March
All registered contingents have been asked to be at the contingent area at Lake Merritt Blvd and 13th St., facing towards 14th St., near the courthouse, no later than 11:05.

11:15am - ERA contingent starts MARCHING!
We will be starting to march about 15 minutes before the end of the rally to ensure that the march gets moving in a timely and organized fashion. This is approximately at 11:15AM as the rally is set to close at 11:30. 

ERA will be marching between Impact Hub Oakland and the Women’s Foundation of California.

11:15am to 1pm - March to Frank Ogawa Plaza (Oakland City Center)
The march covers 0.9 miles of mostly flat terrain. It is uphill for the first few blocks to Oak Street, and there is a slight uphill slope from Oak to Madison.

March map can be found at https://womensmarchoakland.org/about-the-march/

**Plans for non-Marchers in Oakland**
10:30am to 1pm - Call to Action Alley
There will be an ERA table at the Call to Action Alley at Frank Ogawa Plaza. 
Come find us and meet your friends there after the march! At our table, we'll share how community members can get involved in the fight for women's equality.

 

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The #MeToo movement has built awareness – now it needs action.

Yesterday, we joined Assemblymember Reyes, Assemblymember Friedman, and Assemblymember Waldron to announce new legislation to do just that. The SHARE Act (1870) – sponsored by Equal Rights Advocates – would extend the statute of limitations for filing sexual harassment claims from one year to three years.

Jessica Stender, Senior Counsel, Workplace Justice & Public Policy, spoke at a Sacramento press conference about the need for this change:

“Many women who survive sexual harassment at work – particularly low-wage workers – are not even aware that the clock has begun to run. They face obstacles such as trauma, lack of information about their rights, and fear of retaliation. Given the reality that women face in the workplace, it’s time to extend the statute of limitations for sexual harassment claims.”

Read coverage of the bill’s announcement in The San Francisco Chronicle, Capitol Public Radio, and CBS Sacramento.

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Each day when I sit down in my office with a warm cup of coffee, I fix the photo on my desk of my two girls. I look at the sea of folders and papers in front of me, certain that justice is defended here. Throughout my day, I consider civil rights cases that must be filed. I handle calls about legislation that will help the communities my organization serves. For many years, I assumed this was my space – and that good things happen here. Most of us probably feel the same.

Fourteen years ago, Maria Bojorquez walked into my office. Maria is a mother, an immigrant, and a janitor. She cleans buildings just like mine in San Francisco. The personal story she shared reminded me that our offices change late at night. They are not safe spaces for everyone. Our offices are often where female janitors like her can be rubbed against, groped, attacked, violated, and threatened.

I am heartened to see the #MeToo movement come to workplaces across the country. My resolve and dedication to this work is affirmed with each request for sexual harassment trainers and while reading company proclamations of zero tolerance for sexual misconduct. 

But what happens when we all leave at night? What about when the lights are dimmed and women like Maria are left isolated with sexual predators in our offices?

Female janitors are mobilizing and organizing to eradicate sexual harassment and violence in their workplaces – and they’re winning. The best solutions to combat the violence experienced in some of our workplaces come from women workers themselves, a lesson we’ve learned through representing, training, and partnering with janitors.

Since Maria walked into my office 14 years ago, Equal Rights Advocates filed suit against the company that protected her assailant and Maria found justice 11 years later. We will continue to bring cases on behalf of women like her across the country because sexual assault is not the price of a paycheck.

And we are not stopping in the courts. Three years ago, we joined workers, advocates, and unions to form the Ya Basta coalition. Buoyed by the compelling PBS Frontline documentary Rape on the Night Shift, featuring the story of Maria and other janitors, we partnered with worker leaders to pass the first law specifically designed to protect janitors from sexual violence - and it's already benefiting 220,000 janitors in California. The Ya Basta coalition is training dozens of promotoras to build the power of women worker leaders and to ensure the law is implemented in worksites across the state. We intend to scale up our efforts nationally so that every one of the nation’s 2.1 million janitors feels safe when they go to work.

Women janitors are building a movement – one that we are proud to be a part of. If you want to be sure your office is safe for everyone, join us today. Because Maria’s workplace is #OursToo.

Sign up for updates about the Ya Basta Coalition and other work of Equal Rights Advocates to eradicate sexual violence in the workplace here

And be sure to check out the compelling updated version of PBS Frontline’s Rape on the Nightshift airing tonight. This updated version features leaders of the Ya Basta Coalition, including ERA Legal Director Jennifer Reisch.

 

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This weekend, we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to shine truth on oppression and injustice. We honor his legacy and the work that remains to ensure the American promise can be realized for every person.

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More than 50 years have passed since Dr. King delivered his historic speech at the March on Washington in 1963. But those images of hundreds of thousands gathering on the National Mall for “jobs and freedom” remain powerful.

And those images provide an essential reminder -- we cannot stop marching.

Over the past year, the Trump administration has launched concerted, direct attacks on the civil rights of women, people of color, LGBTQ communities, religious minorities, immigrants, refugees, and people living with disabilities.

But over the past year, we have come together to resist any agenda designed to limit the American dream. We have driven an alternative vision for our country; one that reflects our commitment to equal opportunities and treatment, and one that embraces the differences that make our communities great.

Next week, Equal Rights Advocates, our supporters, and hundreds of thousands across the country will march once again. We march to end sexual violence against students and workers, disrupt hate in all its forms, and to demand equal wages.

We march because we cannot let attacks on any one individual’s civil rights go unchallenged. We march for all, or we march for none.

Join us in our march for justice – sign up to march with ERA in Oakland or San Francisco on Saturday, January 20.

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Equal Rights Advocates is hitting the Women's March again this year! Join our contingents in San Francisco or Oakland - we'll have t-shirts, buttons, signs, and a banner. Sign up to march with us here and receive updates. 

 

San Francisco

10am to 12pm - Pre-March Meet-up at ERA 
Our office is right at the edge of the rally site in Civic Center: 1170 Market Street, Suite 700. 
Get your ERA march t-shirt or button. We'll have drinks and snacks -- and sign making materials available so you can tell the world why you're marching.

12pm to 12:45pm - Join the ERA contingent at the Rally, or remain at ERA for march prep!
We'll have an ERA group listening in to the rally at the corner of Larkin and Grove. Look for us in ERA shirts and with the ERA banner.

If you prefer to stay inside during the rally, or can't make it to the Pre-March Meet-Up before 12 noon, don't worry! Some ERA staff will be staying at the ERA office to greet new guests and enjoy any the company of marchers who are still making posters.

12:45pm to 1pm - Line up w/ ERA at Larkin and Grove
Come meet up with your friendly ERA march contingent between 12:45 and 1pm. We'll hand out t-shirts and buttons to those who don't have them already and get ready to march!

2pm to 5 pm - March to Embarcadero!
The march covers 1.7 mi of flat terrain.

 

Oakland 

9:30am to 9:55am - Pre-March Meet-up w/ ERA
Join us at the Southeast Corner of 10th Street & Fallon Street, 49 10th St., Oakland, CA 94607. 
We'll have ERA March t-shirts, buttons, and pre-made posters for you!

10am to 11am - Rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater 
Listen to amazing speakers and get fired up! 
Feel free to find us at the rally if you are not able to make it to the pre-march meet up (look for the ERA banner)!

11am – Lining up for March
All registered contingents have been asked to be at the contingent area at Lake Merritt Blvd and 13th St., facing towards 14th St., near the courthouse, no later than 11:05.

11:15am - ERA contingent starts MARCHING!
We will be starting to march about 15 minutes before the end of the rally to ensure that the march gets moving in a timely and organized fashion. This is approximately at 11:15AM as the rally is set to close at 11:30. 

ERA will be marching between Impact Hub Oakland and the Women’s Foundation of California.

11:15am to 1pm - March to Frank Ogawa Plaza (Oakland City Center)
The march covers 0.9 miles of mostly flat terrain. It is uphill for the first few blocks to Oak Street, and there is a slight uphill slope from Oak to Madison.

March map can be found at https://womensmarchoakland.org/about-the-march/

**Plans for non-Marchers in Oakland**
10:30am to 1pm - Call to Action Alley
There will be an ERA table at the Call to Action Alley at Frank Ogawa Plaza. 
Come find us and meet your friends there after the march! At our table, we'll share how community members can get involved in the fight for women's equality.

 

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Tomorrow – March with ERA at the 2018 Women’s March!

January 19, 2018 | by

Equal Rights Advocates is hitting the Women’s March again this year! Join our contingents in San Francisco or Oakland – we’ll have t-shirts, buttons, signs, and a banner. Sign up to march with us...
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We’ve Said #MeToo – Now We’re Pushing Legislation

January 19, 2018 | by

The #MeToo movement has built awareness – now it needs action. Yesterday, we joined Assemblymember Reyes, Assemblymember Friedman, and Assemblymember Waldron to announce new legislation to do just...
read more

Maria’s Workplace is #OursToo: Stopping the Epidemic of Sexual Violence Against Female Janitors

January 16, 2018 | by

Each day when I sit down in my office with a warm cup of coffee, I fix the photo on my desk of my two girls. I look at the sea of folders and papers in front of me, certain that justice is defended...
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Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Day, We March On

January 12, 2018 | by

This weekend, we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to shine truth on oppression and injustice. We honor his legacy and the work that remains to ensure the American promise can...
read more