The ERA Billboard Campaign
Our 2nd billboard is up!! Help us raise money to put even more billboards up in key areas around the state! Our first one went up along I-94 south of St. Cloud. This new one is on Highway 10, just south of Elk River. To help us get one up in YOUR district or in other parts of the state where we need to pressure legislators during this election season, we need to raise an additional $2500 per billboard.
We've raised enough to get a THIRD ONE up by the end of the month! Stay tuned for details on where it will be located.
Please chip in any amount!
From our original press release:
ERA MN Coalition Launches Educational Campaign on the Equal Rights Amendment
[June 4, Clearwater, MN] – Minnesota NOW and ERA Minnesota have launched a five month campaign to raise awareness about the lack of an equal rights amendment (ERA) in the Minnesota Constitution. Their first billboard went up over the weekend on Interstate 94 south of Clearwater, east of the highway 24 exit, on the border of Stearns and Wright counties.
“Current Senate and House leadership have told us they don’t hear enough from the people of their districts to pose this constitutional amendment to the people of Minnesota.” stated Kathleen Murphy, a co-founder of the ERA Minnesota Coalition. “So many people are unaware that women’s rights are not specifically guaranteed by either the Minnesota or U.S. Constitutions. With two more states recently ratifying the federal ERA, we would like to help raise awareness of the issue and why it is still needed.”
Minnesota was the 26th state to ratify the federal ERA in 1973, but that effort was cut short in 1982 because not enough states ratified the amendment by the arbitrary deadline Congress imposed on its passage. An equal rights amendment to the Minnesota Constitution has been introduced in every session since 1983. It has never been voted on by full bodies of either the Minnesota House or Senate. This educational campaign hopes to change that for next year.
The location of the first billboard was chosen to correspond with districts where there was resistance from state GOP leaders to act on the issue during the recent legislative session. A second billboard will be going up next month in a district along Highway 10, with more awareness going up in additional districts as fundraising allows. The billboards will run through the November elections.
For more information, go to www.eramn.org .
Watch soon for a poll on what the next billboard message should say!