Upcoming meeting dates – NOTE CHANGES:
Sept. 4 – 1:00-3:00 – Howard Room
Oct. 2 – 1:00-3:00 – Howard Room
Nov. 8 – Retreat – time to be determined
Dec. 4 – 1:00-3:00 – Howard Room
Equal Rights Maine Minutes --- July 19, 2018
Attending: Posie Cowan, Leda Beth Gray, Robin Lincoln, Linda Nelson,
Nancy Murdock, Susan Snider, Sherry Streeter, Sally Stone, Lyn Mayewski
Networking & Contact Data Bases (Susan & Robin)
Send new contacts to Robin to add to the Contact List
For now, send Network Log info. to Susan with cc to Nancy. Susan will add our additions and comments to the Log.
Network Building (Posie, Sherry, Linda, Susan)
Check to Networking Log to see who we’ve signed up to contact re: allies.
Goal is to get the easy ones by September. However, we won’t put any on the website until we have an impressive group.
Sherry announced that Cecile Richards (former director of Planned Parenthood) will have a reception and unveiling of a portrait, by Rob Shetterly, on Aug. 21. The reception is at 6:00 and the unveiling is at 7:00. Cecile is staying with Robin.
Robin will try to arrange a breakfast with our ER Maine group. Cecile’s current focus is on promoting activism.
Advocacy with Legislators (Sally, Linda, Leda Beth)
King (Sherry, Nancy)
Pingree (Nancy, Sherry)
Maine: House: Sarah Pebworth and Luchini or Swartz
Senate: Republican Malaby
Candidates: Governor, Legislators, etc.
Calls for Action (Leda Beth)
Sherry said that Sen. Shenna Bellows wants to be an ally.
Susan had a conversation with Molly Fishman, Senior Legislative Analyst with Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s office, about what happens if H.J. Res. 53 doesn’t get voted on in the current session of Congress. She explained that a new bill will be introduced in the new session in January, and that they plan on trying to match a Republican sponsor for every Democrat. She said we should be in touch with Bettina Hager, DC Director at the ERA Coalition. Susan will make the contact.
Susan said Lois Reckitt (who is running for re-election) believes the new proposed Maine Constitution ERA bill will be worded closer to the proposed federal one.
She is trying to get bipartisanship support for the new bill.
Susan sent 4 DVDs of Legalize Equality to Poliquin’s offices (Washington, DC; Bangor;
Susan also spoke with Eloise Vitelli (State Senator from District 53) who co-sponsored the state ERA legislation with Lois Reckitt, to see if she had thoughts on the state ERA going forward. She said we should be in touch with all candidates for the November election, even if they are Republicans who might not vote for the ERA. She is also hopeful that the Maine state Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and Girls will be in a position to step up in helping to get a state ERA passed.
Nancy thought sending ERA information to all candidates running for office in Maine would be a good idea in order to educate and send a positive message. A flyer might say that Maine ratified the ERA 44 years ago (Maine ratified the ERA and we’ve been waiting 44 years for it.).
August 26 is Women’s Equality Day with events at the State Capitol focusing on Women’s Suffrage organized by the Maine Women’s Lobby (?).
Last year, Nancy did an OpEd in the Bangor paper for Women’s Equality Day.
Susan and Linda will contact Lois to see who the point person is for any event.
Susan would be able to attend and take a banner.
Nancy sent a suggested draft of an Angus King (and staff) letter to Sherry. Sherry has been working with his scheduler trying to set up a meeting, but this would be to meet with his staff (as we did as a first step with Poliquin’s and Collins’ staff).
Nancy sent an update on our work to Pingree’s office and got a positive reply.
Sherry will ask Shannon Bellows for a script – or a YouTube – of how to approach Republicans.
Posie suggested a t-shirt that says: “VOTE”
Nancy will send us a link to national press regarding the Gender Voting Gap. Here it is:
Publicity (Robin, Lyn, Nancy)
Linda had suggested asking a prominent journalist to follow us as a group showing “democracy in action.”
Nancy has contacted Colin Woodard to see if he would advise us on angles.
Susan mentioned the Women’s Media Center as another good contact.
Linda will do some research on the Boston Globe, New Yorker, possibly talk to Pam Maus and/or Roger Angell’s wife, etc.
Robin & Lyn will organize publicity for the Bangor Summit (see below).
Press release to go to BDN, WERU, etc.
Posters – UMO, Bangor Library, etc.
Email mailing (of poster?)
Social media (Sherry said she can post on Indivisible, etc.)
We’ll finalize at our Sept. 4 meeting
Facebook & Website (Nancy, Sherry, Jean)
Education and Research (Susan, Nancy, Leda Beth, Sally)
Posie, Linda, and Sally gave a presentation at the Brooksville Library. They showed the 30-minute film, Legalize Equality, and had a lot of questions. A mother and her 18-year-old daughter were particularly articulate.
Charlie Stone suggested that the panel ask the audience, perhaps before and after the film, “Why doesn’t the 14th Amendment protect women?”
Bangor Forum – Thursday, September 27, 6:00-7:00 (room is reserved 5:00-8:00
Nancy, Posie, and Kathleen Caldwell will be meeting next Friday regarding the Bangor Forum.
Rebecca Webber, a lawyer in Maine specializing in employment law and civil rights cases, will be on the panel.
They are looking for a younger woman in her 20’s or 30’s who is an activist.
Suggestions were Brooke Minner, Meghan (UM student). A young woman who attended the Brooksville presentation would be great, but she will be out of state for college.
Nancy is staying in touch with Dean Conway of the Maine School of Law, hoping that the Maine Law Review will consider a paper on the ERA in the 2018-19 Review.
Leda Beth wondered how to connect the domestic violence groups to our ERA work.
Sherry has worked with Next Step during the Luna Fest.
Nancy suggested a possible white paper on Domestic Violence and the ERA.