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Features action alerts and articles by our members and others.  Renewed and refreshed for 2020.

Senator Murkowski’s VRAA Press Release

02.12.20

Murkowski Supports Legislation to Restore Voting Rights Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she is co-sponsoring S. 561, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, as the lead Republican on the bill. Sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the legislation improves certain provisions of the original, bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965, which were determined to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013. Murkowski co-sponsored this same legislation in both the 115th and […]

July 10th, 2020|Categories: Alaska, VRAA|

The ERA – History

EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (ERA)

Some History: The first version of the Equal Rights Amendment was submitted to Congress in 1923, three years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The current ERA was passed in Congress in 1972, followed swiftly by 35 state ratifications for the ERA. Alaska was one of the first states to ratify the amendment in 1972. Then a lawyer named Phyllis Schafly started […]

July 10th, 2020|Categories: Alaska, ERA|

ERA Coalition Information

ERA COALITION

1875 K Street,FL 4, Washington, DC 20006 www.eracoalition.org

History of the Equal Rights Amendment

Alice Paul drafted and introduced the first Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in 1923, at a conference to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention. She was a Republican and one of the founders of the National Woman’s Party, which worked for the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote. After […]

July 9th, 2020|Categories: Alaska, ERA|

LWVUS Equal Rights Amendment Info

League of Women Voters of the United States: The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)


HISTORY and PROCESS


LWVUS has supported and pushed for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment since it was first passed by Congress in 1972. Leagues across the country have worked to engage lawmakers and organize at the grassroots level to ensure equal rights for all, regardless of sex. On January 27, 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Talking […]

July 9th, 2020|Categories: Alaska, ERA|

VRAA History

Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA)

Some History: In 1965 Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, which protected a citizen’s right to vote. If certain states attempted to suppress the vote of certain groups or made voting difficult through general incompetence of those overseeing the voting process, such a state would fall under a preclearance process for any changes that were made going forward to improve the voting experience.
In 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States […]

July 9th, 2020|Categories: Alaska, VRAA|

How will the VRAA work?

The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 responds to current conditions in voting today by restoring the full protections of the original, bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was last reauthorized by Congress in 2006, but gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. • Following the Shelby County decision four years ago, several states passed sweeping voter suppression laws that disproportionately prevent minorities, the elderly, and the youth from voting.

• The bill provides the […]

July 9th, 2020|Categories: Alaska, VRAA|

Equal Rights Amendment Op Ed (ADN)

Written by Bridget Smith of Juneau for the LWVAK
Published in the Anchorage Daily News–July 5, 2020

The League of Women Voters Urges that the Equal Rights Amendment Become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the […]

July 8th, 2020|Categories: Alaska, ERA|

May 2020 Action Alert from LWV-AK

May 16, 2020

League of Women Voters of Alaska–ACTION ALERT

The League of Women Voters of Alaska has received two grants from LWVUS, the national League, to advocate and educate for the following:

1. The Equal Rights Amendment, S. J. Res 6, a bill to remove the deadline date now that the required number of states have ratified this Amendment.

2. The Voting Rights Advancement Act, S. 561, a bill to update the Voting […]

July 6th, 2020|Categories: Action Alert, Advocacy|

The League of Women Voters statement on Black Lives Matter

The League of Women Voters grieves the murders of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives that have been tragically taken at the hands of rogue law enforcement officers who are rarely held fully accountable for their actions.

We also mourn those who have lost their lives or been harmed, mentally or physically, as a result of America’s pervasive culture of anti-blackness. The systems of oppression that have perpetuated the myth of white supremacy in our country must be dismantled […]

July 6th, 2020|Categories: Announcement|

Isn’t it about time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment?

The League of Women Voters Urges that the Equal Rights Amendment Become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution

by Bridget Smith

 

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. 

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. 

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

This is the entire […]

July 6th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Member story|