Minutes of the Steering Committee 1.9.18

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Tues. Feb. 6 – 10:00-12:00 Howard Room

Tues. Mar. 6 – 10:00-12:00 Howard Room

Tues. Apr. 3 – 10:00-12:00 Howard Room

Tues. May 1 - 10:00-12:00 Howard Room (Lyn has reserved the room for these dates)

ERMaine Minutes --- January 9, 2018

Attending: Susan Snider, Leda Beth Gray, Lyn Mayewski, Robin Lincoln, Nancy Murdock, Posie Cowan

Networking & Contact Data Base (Susan & Robin)

Robin and Susan will send out a reminder to the Steering Committee to add names to the Contacts data base in preparation for the Newsletter mailing, next week. We are up to around 160 individuals or groups on the Contacts list.

Network Building (Posie, Sherry, Linda, Susan)

The committee plans to meet on January 18 at 3:00. Posie will conference call.

They plan to set goals for the next month+. Anyone who has possible connections should get them to the committee before their meeting.

Advocacy with Legislators (Sally, Linda, Leda Beth)

Collins (Robin)

King (Sherry, Nancy)

Pingree (Nancy, Sherry)

Poliquin (Susan)

Maine: Langley & Chapman

Candidates: Governor, Legislators, etc.

Calls for Action (Leda Beth)


Robin and Susan reported on their meeting with Poliquin. They said it was especially important to hear his resistance to the ERA. His examples included the military where women might not have the same physical stamina as men. (It was noted that the military already screens for this, so an ERA wouldn’t impact it.) He also said that, in divorces, the courts might favor women over men. (Say what???)

Poliquin said he wants to look into the legal aspects of an ERA.

Susan told him that an ERA is a moral imperative and he seemed to respond to that.

There was discussion of the Amendment time limit. We need to get more information back to him. Some amendments have languished but then passed, e.g., the Madison Amendment where congress can’t raise their own salaries.

It was noted that Poliquin has hired strong women to work for him which could be beneficial to the move for an ERA.

Susan will draft a follow-up thank you letter to Poliquin, Kate, Corenna, etc. and, separately, respond in detail to the issues raised during the meeting.

Publicity (Robin, Lyn, Nancy)

Nancy sent us a draft of our first Newsletter and asked that we all review it and make comments. She hopes to add the image of the little girl from the billboard in Virginia. Nancy would like to get the Newsletter out before the Women’s March on January 20.

Sherry has offered to make a hard copy version of the Newsletter that could be used as a hand-out, a posting or wherever the e-version is impractical.

Several people may be able to attend one of the Women’s Marches and will talk to Sherry about the signs.

The speech that Oprah made at the Golden Globes awards was discussed and Susan said maybe we should write to her. Everyone responded, “Yes!”

Susan asked how we could answer when people as us “What can I do?”

Our Newsletter Winter 2018 suggests:

How can you help?

Forward this newsletter to your friends, neighbors and legislators

Call or write to your legislators and ask them to support the ERA.

Organize a workshop or talk in your community to discuss the ERA.

Help us collect stories in Voices Heard.

Stand up, speak up and Join Us.

Nancy has some time to write and will work on an Op Ed and try to connect the ERA to the “Me, Too” and/or “It’s Time” movements.

Lifting the ERA deadline was discussed. Jackie Spear’s bill, the ‘3 State Approach’, includes language to extend the time limit, as the Amendment still addresses a viable and current issue. She has 163 co-sponsors in the House and 34 in the Senate. Neither King nor Collins is a co-sponsor. Robin will research to see who has Collins’ ear. Sherry is trying to set up a meeting with King.

Facebook & Website (Nancy, Sherry, Jean)

The Newsletter will be posted on our Facebook page, as well as our website.

The “Voices Heard” element was discussed. As people write in, we will post their statements on the website. It was suggested that volunteers might be needed to manage the process. Libby (Pantsuit Nation) might be consulted to see how she handled any issues.

The Newsletter and the website will have a “Contact Us” button to reach Voices Heard. A person would write her/his story in a closed mailbox. We would then be able to filter/vet it. The story manager would get back in touch with the writer to flush out the story. We all felt the importance of responding to writers with a thank you, even if we don’t post their story on the website.

Education and Research (Susan, Nancy, Leda Beth, Sally)

Several white papers are in the works.

Workshops are brewing in Portland, sometime after April.

Sherry is looking into an Equal Means Equal screening at Reel Pizza.

Susan is going to follow up with Stacy Leafsong whose daughter is at COA. There is a possibility of speaking to a class or, perhaps, the whole school.

Posie said she could help when she returns in April.

Respectfully submitted,

Lyn Mayewski

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