ERMaine Meeting Minutes 10.2.18

Upcoming meeting dates:

Nov. 8 – Retreat – 10:00-1:00 at Linda Nelson’s – 748 Bagaduce Rd., Brooksville

Dec. 4 – 1:00-3:00 – Howard Room

Equal Rights Maine Minutes --- October 2, 2018

Attending: Posie Cowan, Robin Lincoln, Linda Nelson, Sally Stone, Jean Fogelberg,

Nancy Murdock, Susan Snider, Sherry Streeter, Lyn Mayewski

Networking & Contact Data Bases (Susan & Robin)

Robin will be sending the Bangor panel poster to the contacts list today. The subject line will be the same as the panel name: “Sex Discrimination in Maine: Why We Need an Equal Rights Amendment.”

Nancy has made some suggestions about a catch phrase to be used in the text. Discussion about the wording followed.

We have 209 contacts to whom the poster will be sent. Any of us can also send the poster to friends and personal contacts.

See below re. Facebook.

Nancy has written an op ed for the Bangor Daily News which she will send today.

She will ask BDN if it’s ok to send it to other papers as well.

Network Building (Posie, Sherry, Linda, Susan)

We are continuing to seek out allies.

Advocacy with Legislators (Sally, Linda, Leda Beth)

Collins (Robin)

King (Sherry, Nancy)

Pingree (Nancy, Sherry)

Poliquin (Susan)

Maine: House: Sarah Pebworth and Luchini or Swartz

Senate: Republican Malaby

Candidates: Governor, Legislators, etc.

Calls for Action (Leda Beth)

Advocacy with legislators will hold off for now until after the November election.

Publicity (Robin, Lyn, Nancy)

Lyn sent the Bangor press release to various newspapers, radio, and television stations.

Robin, as stated above, is sending the poster to our contacts lists of individuals and groups, as well as candidates and legislators.

Robin and Posie have been putting up posters for the Bangor event. Posie has some contacts in Bangor who are helping.

Facebook & Website (Nancy, Sherry, Jean)

Sherry said that she posted the Bangor poster on Facebook. 308 people have been reached.

Jean will post the poster on our website and will catch up on our Press page on the website.

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

Bangor Panel: October 10, 2018, 6:00-7:00 at the Bangor Public Library

Sherry has emailed someone at WERU about possibly audio taping the panel.

She will also talk to Jon about the possibility of using Wooden Boats video equipment with the help of Randy and Jon.

Camden Panel: November 13, 2018 (time?) at the Camden Public Library

The panel is being co-sponsored by Midcoast Women.

Midcoast Women and the library are doing most of the publicity.

Sherry will do a poster.

There is a write-up on the library’s website. Sally is going to revise it.

Jean will get a photo to Sally to go with the press release.

Legalize Equality (1/2 movie) will be shown, then a panel of Equal Rights Maine, then Q&A.


Sherry mentioned that Morning Edition was going to talk about the ERA, but she wasn’t able to listen long enough. We’re trying to find it on their website.

There was discussion about making the ERA more visible.

Sherry will contact Libby Chamberlain (Pantsuit Nation) in an effort to get the ERA more on the radar.

Suit Up Maine may also be a good contact.

There was some discussion about doing a podcast. This is something we can think about for the future.

Our next meeting is the retreat on November 8, 10:00-1:00 at Linda’s.

Nancy asked us to think about whether holding a panel in Portland is a good idea for next spring. The Dean of the law school and others there were excited about the idea, but there’s a lack of funding. Nancy will start talking with contacts in Portland this fall before she leaves. We’ll discuss this more at out retreat.

Sherry brought up Betsy Sweet as a good contact.

Susan noted that Virginia is likely to vote on ERA ratification in 2019.

Sherry said that the auto museum in Seal Cove will have a theme in 2019 of Women’s Suffrage and how cars were used in getting the message out.

Nancy suggested a 6’ banner with the ERA language on it. It would be used at panel discussions, etc. Jean suggested another banner with our logo and photo of women marchers. Sherry will look into ordering on-line.

Lyn will keep track of individual’s expenses. We had discussed (at a previous meeting)

looking at our individual expenses every so often and then sharing them.

Jean suggested the idea of a slide show about the ERA with photos and trivia that could be running ahead of presentations.

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