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The Equal Rights Amendment passed in Illinois finally! 

The Equal Rights Amendment passed in Illinois finally!  Thanks to a lot of hard work, a lot of phone calls, marches and postcards and more phone calls. 
It's been 36 years since the process began to pass this very simple and basic amendment.  This would put women on the same playing field as men.  You'd think it would be easy.  36 YEARS!!  Sen. Lou Lang has been pushing to get this through and it was not easy.  (Shhh...don't tell anyone, but Mike Madigan helped too.)  
Illinois is the 37th state to ratify it.  We need one more state.  Bills have been introduced in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Utah and Virginia.  (Is anyone interested in visiting one of those states for a march?)
This passage is another indicator of the fact that people are paying attention and stepping up and it's making a difference.  Now I can honestly say that not one of the House reps from McHenry County voted for it.  NOT ONE.  Not even the  woman. We need to do something about that.  
Below is a copy of the ERA.  This very clear and simple amendment can make a huge difference for all sexes.   Over 50% of the population consists of women.  What exactly is the problem?  All other industrialized nations have an equal right law in place.  All except the US.  Sad.

The Equal Rights Amendment

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.


Pushed to Completion! 5,000 Alerted to Polling Place Changes

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It’s time to thank all of those determined Democrats who stepped up to do what
they could to make sure everyone in the County could locate and access their
polling place for this primary election. This is despite the cutting back of 60 of the
polling locations.

A committee was formed last fall of thoughtful members who discussed the
issues before coming up with a plan.

Thanks to: Meg Ruelius, Linda Wallon, Nancy Glissman, Missy Funk, John Labaj, Nancy Zettler, Kathryn Potter, Mark Stevenson, Ruth Scifo, Cathy Johnson, Larry Spaeth, Cindy Spaeth, Jim May, Cece Drazek, Frank Wedig. Renee Hill, Nancy Zettler, Sue Reed, Buffy Brasile. (Drew Georgi provided ever changing consolidation data.)

We had quite a few workers at Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant one Friday night. We hooked rubber bands on 5000 door hangars all in one night!! Of course we enjoyed some of the great dishes and the margaritas. We also had a lot of laughs and conversation.

During a week of cool and pleasant February weather, 5000 doorhangars were hung in precincts that were hit hardest by the elimination of polling places!!!!

Thanks to all:
Lisa Arvanites, John Bartman, Nancy Glissman, Tom Glissman, Deb Grude, Linda Harlan, Renee Hill, Catie Hill, Rick Jezek, Cathy Johnson, Dan Johnson, John Labaj, Jim May, Michelle Mendoza, Sue Reed, Patty Rogalin, Ruth Scifo, Larry Spaeth, Helen Wiederkahr, Debs Wallner, Nancy Zettler, Cate Becker, Carlos Acosta, Cece, Carrie Schirmacher, Cecelia Carman, Peter Atterberg, Sue Labaj, Helen Torscher, Nan Kueller, Arne Waltmire, Cate Becker, Patricia Watson, Joe Scifo, Suzanne Ness, Kristina Zahorik, Sonya Sindbery, Loretta Pearson, Helen Torscher, Mitch Wisumierski, Heidi   Jackson, Kelli Wegener, Patrick Watson, and TJ (Matt Brolley’s Aide worked with us for at least two hours! )

We know that we are missing a few names. It took a lot of time and walking and people. Let us know if we missed you and we will add your name to the list.

 


America’s unique gun violence problem

In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why.

gun violence connect the dotsvoxAmerica is an exceptional country when it comes to guns. It’s one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected. But America’s relationship with guns is unique in another crucial way: Among developed nations, the US is far and away the most violent — in large part due to the easy access many Americans have to firearms. These charts and maps show what that violence looks like compared with the rest of the world, why it happens, and why it’s such a tough problem to fix.

 

 


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