Learn more about Equality Now’s recent amicus brief in defense of the ERA, and what else is coming up for the Equal Rights Amendment in the US.
ERA court case
On Monday 10 January, 2022, Equality Now, together with law firm Davis Polk and organizations from around the world, filed our joint brief as amici curiae in Commonwealth of Virginia et al v. Ferriero in support of the Plaintiff-Appellants’ appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the District Court of Columbia Circuit following the 5 March 2021 erroneous decision in the lower court not to compel the Federal Archivist to certify and publish the ERA as the 28th amendment to the Constitution.
Our brief also supports the work of the ERA Coalition, of which we are an active member. It asserts that the vast majority of countries around the world recognize the concrete and particularized harm arising from sex inequality and the need for express constitutional guarantees of equality on the basis of sex; the US is required to adopt the ERA to comply with its treaty commitments; and the US should adopt the ERA to comply with international law and human rights standards.
ERA ratification anniversary actions
January 27th, 2022 marks two years since Virginia, the last state needed to reach the 38-state threshold to get an amendment in the Constitution, ratified the ERA. The ERA Coalition is celebrating with a rally in Washington, D.C. at noon on January 27th for a more just future for all. They’ll be sending out additional event info (in-person and virtual) as they confirm it, and you can sign up on their website to make sure you stay in the loop.
In addition to taking part in the rally, there are two online actions you can take:
- Tell the Senate to pass the ERA deadline elimination bill.
- Sign the petition to tell the US Attorney General to withdraw his predecessor’s memo to the Archivist regarding the publication of the fully ratified ERA.
- Tell Congress to recognize the ERA as the 28th Amendment.
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