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38 Miles for the ERA
March 11 @ 8:00 am - March 13 @ 12:00 pm
38 miles over 3 days stopping at sites related to women’s progress toward equality
Supporters of women’s equality, you are hereby invited to join us in a hike to ratify the ERA.
March 11, 2019 10:30am
We’ll meet and park at Phoenix First Church UCC 1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Monday March 11, 2019 at 10:30am then continue to the capitol for a press conference then depart from the capitol by noon. From the capitol we’ll hike past sites significant to women’s progress in Phoenix and Tempe and end for the 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 elected female senator, Senator Sinema’s office (13.5 miles).
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 We’ll start 8:30am at Senator Sinema’s office, pass by Central Arizona Shelter Services and conclude at the State Capitol.
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. Video footage: 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. Likewise today women’s ONLY constitutionally protected right is the right to vote, it is still constitutionally legal to discriminate against women. It’s far past time that women be 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 believe women are equal or not?
Participants are encouraged to wear white and are responsible for their own transportation, food and lodging. Please take care of yourselves 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 then back to the other car at the end of the day. We’ll have cars with first aid kits and water along the way. We plan to use public sidewalks. We will do our best to follow 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, help doing so is appreciated.
Please register your participation on the eventbrite link that can be found on our Facebook Event at ERA Task Force Arizona https://www.facebook.com/events/323158318313894/ In lieu of a registration fee we ask that everyone bring a box of menstrual supplies to be donated to Go With The Flow – a local organization that provides period packs to Arizona 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/
Attendees agree to abide by all laws and local ordinances while walking including traffic laws. Do not litter.