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ERA Task Force AZ & The National Council of Jewish Women are proud to sponsor 38 Miles for the ERA March 11-13, 2019

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It’s Been 98 Years Since The Equal Rights

Amendment Was First Introduced In Congress

To Guarantee Equal Legal Rights To All Americans Regardless of Sex

Now Walk or Roll 38 Miles To Get It Passed!

Arizona Can Be The 38th State Required To Ratify The ERA

Make It Happen -- Make History

Demand The Arizona Legislature Votes To Ratify The Equal Rights Amendment

#ERAyesAZ #38MilesERA

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38 Miles for the ERA

March 11-13, 2019

Begin and End at the Arizona State Capitol

Monday March 11, 2019 We’ll meet and park at Phoenix First Church UCC 1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 at 10:30am and carpool to the Capital for a noon press conference. You may also park near the capitol in the north and south parking lots of Wesley Bolin Plaza or the west side of the State Capitol Complex. From the Capital, we’ll hike past sites significant to women’s progress and end the first day at Sandra Day O’Connor House 1250 N College Ave, Tempe, AZ 8528 (13.8 miles).

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 We’ll begin at 8:30am at Sandra Day O’Connor House, hike to the Piestewa Peak trail head then continue on to the office of Arizona’s first woman senator, Kyrsten Sinema 2200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (13.5 miles).

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 We’ll start 8:30am at Senator Sinema’s office and conclude at the State Capitol. .

Suffragists Hiked, So Can You

The 1912-1914 Suffrage Hikes in London and the USA gathered supporters, faced opposition and pushed ahead as women do to seek a constitutional right to vote. https://www.filmpreservation.org/dvds-and-books/clips/on-to-washington-1913#

In the USA, court cases found that women were not granted equality under the 14th amendment, making the 19th amendment to the constitution necessary. Today, women’s ONLY constitutionally protected right is the right to vote. It still is constitutionally legal to discriminate against women. It is time women are added to the United States Constitution with equal rights and protections to men and other protected classes.

Bipartisan bills have been introduced in both bodies of the Arizona Legislature but 2 men in seats of power have refused to hear the bills. Now the legislature must act. We call upon the legislature to demand a vote to ratify the ERA on the floor of the House and Senate every single day until a vote is taken. Go on the record - do you or do you not believe women are equal?

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Participants should wear white and are responsible for their own transportation, food and lodging. Please use sunblock and stay hydrated. Carpooling is encouraged. A good idea is to load up 2 cars with all your friends, park one car at the day’s ending point and then shuttle each other to the day’s starting point. We’ll have cars with first aid kits and water along the way. We plan to use public sidewalks and make every effort to maintain a wheelchair accessible route.

If someone would like to map out the nearest public transit to these start and stop points, that would be welcome. Additionally, if there are sites along the way that are significant to women’s progress in your community, we would love to highlight those. We are doing our very best to be inclusive and celebrate the progress of women of every ethnicity, identity, ability and background. We appreciate your input and assistance.

Facebook Event at ERA Task Force Arizona https://www.facebook.com/events/323158318313894/

In lieu of a registration fee, please bring a box of menstrual supplies to be donated to Go With the Flow, an organization that provides period packs to local high schools in low income areas.

ERA sashes will be available for purchase at the start of the event and possibly along the way.

Donations: financial contributions are encouraged to help us obtain by shipping or recreation the banner used in the march for congress to ratify the ERA in 1972, to provide water, snacks and gas for our route drivers and hikers. They can be made by cash app to $RebeccaMcHood or PayPal bloominghome (at) hotmail (dot) com Please note the purpose of the donation is for the #38miles. In kind contributions are also welcome in the form of transportation volunteers, water, snacks, ERA buttons, bumper stickers, t-shirts, shoes, socks, or whatever you think might be helpful. And can be coordinated through that paypal email address.

I can’t hike 38 miles/ can’t take 3 days off of work: That’s understandable, we would love for you to participate in any portion of the hike you’re able to, after work, just one day, meet us at a historical site, take a photo of yourself in white asking for ratification of the ERA and post it on social media tagging @AZhouseDems @AZhouseGOP @AZsenateGOP @AZhouseDems and use the hashtags #ERAyesAZ #38miles #FloorVoteForERA

This hike is the brainchild of Kim Mundis who hails from New Jersey. Perhaps it takes a New Jersey woman to push in this way. http://www.njwomenshistory.org/discover/topics/woman-suffrage/suffrage-hikers-1913/

The historical sites of significance along the way:

Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) is the largest serving emergency homeless shelter provider in Arizona. Their shelters operate at full capacity 365 days a year. Women and girls are the fastest growing homeless demographic, a problem exacerbated by inequities like the gender pay gap. Homeless women and girls face additional burdens, such as a lack of access to affordable or free menstrual hygiene products as well as the use of public restrooms when needed. A local non-profit, Go With The Flow, was founded by Demetra Presley to collect and distribute menstrual hygiene products to women and girls facing homelessness and poverty.

West Hall at ASU, built in 1936, was the original women’s dormitories for the university. Wilson Hall is the current home to ASU’s Women and Gender Studies Department.

Sandra Day O’Connor House: Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman to serve as the majority leader for the Arizona State Senate, and the first woman in the country to hold this leadership position for any state legislature. In 1981 Ronald Reagan nominated her to the U.S. Supreme Court and O’Connor made history again, this time as the first woman justice to serve on the nation's highest court. The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute conserves the O’Connor House as a beacon for civic engagement.

Piestewa Peak was renamed in 2003 to honor the first Native American woman to die in combat while serving in the U.S. military, Army Spc. Lori Piestewa. Piestewa, a 23-year-old Hispanic-Hopi mother of two from Tuba City on the Navajo Reservation, died after her convoy was ambushed near Nasiriyah, Iraq in March 2003.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema is the first woman elected to represent Arizona in the United State Senate. Before that, Sen. Sinema had served in the United States House of Representative making history there as the first openly bisexual member of Congress. Sen. Sinema had also previously served in the Arizona State Legislature.

Van Buren St and Central Ave: Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Roosevelt signed an executive order forcing the internment of Japanese-American citizens residing within a certain swath of western states. Nearly 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-American women, men, and children were imprisoned in the first year alone. Two internment camps were established in Arizona, and the “Exclusion Line” which marked who would be sent to the internment camps ran through the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa. The corner of Van Buren St. and Central Ave lies on that line.

Valley Bar: Valley Bar is home to the Rose Room, named for Arizona’s first female governor. Rose Mofford served in the state government for 50 years, becoming governor in 1988. Additionally, she was the first woman elected director of the Central Arizona Water Board.

Cityscape: What is now a shopping center was the starting point for Phoenix’s first Pride Parade. In 1981 participants marched from what was then known as Patriot’s Square Park all the way to the Arizona capitol. The parade was organized by a local lesbian activist BJ Bud, who continued her work later in life fighting, among other advocacy efforts, to bring attention and resources to the AIDS crisis occurring in Arizona.

Santa Rita Hall: In 1972 Santa Rita Hall was where Dolores Huerta, a political activist, coined the now iconic “sí se puede” phrase used as rallying cry in her fight for the rights of farm workers. In a 2017 interview with NPR Ms. Huerta recounted: They had passed a law in Arizona that if you said, “boycott," you could go to prison for six months. And if you said "strike," you could go to prison. So we were trying to organize against that law. And I was speaking to a group of professionals in Arizona, to see if they could support us. And they said, "Oh, here in Arizona you can't do any of that. In Arizona no se puede — no you can't." And I said, "No, in Arizona sí se puede!" And when I went back to our meeting that we had every night there ... I gave that report to everybody and when I said, "Sí se puede," everybody started shouting, "Sí se puede! Sí se puede!" And so that became the slogan of our campaign in Arizona and now is the slogan for the immigrant rights movement, you know, on posters. We can do it. I can do it. Sí se puede.

George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural Center: is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation, study, and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African Descent in Arizona. Before it was a museum, the building housed Phoenix Union Colored High School. A teacher at the high school, Elgie Mike Batteau - believed to be the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Arizona - was instrumental in changing the name to George Washington Carver High School.

Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse: This is just about a mile from the Arizona State Capitol so if you'd like to march with the historic banner upon which are written the 24 words of the Equal Rights Amendment then meet us here and we'll take turns carrying the poles holding the banner as we return to the Arizona State Capitol to demand the AZ legislature vote on women's constitutional equality!

Closing rally includes several AZ legislators and will begin when we arrive at the state capitol. Then we'll fill up the house and senate galleries.

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