ERMaine Meeting Minutes 2.12.19

Upcoming meeting dates:

Mar. 12 – 12:00-2:00 Howard Room

Apr. 9 – 12:00-2:00 Howard Room

May 14 – 12:00-2:00 Howard Room

June 11 – 12:00-2:00 Howard Room

Equal Rights Maine Minutes --- February 12, 2019

Attending: Posie Cowan, Sally Stone, Leda Beth Gray, Nancy Murdock, Jean Fogelberg,

Robin Lincoln, Lyn Mayewski, Linda Nelson

Networking & Contacts Data Base --- Networking Log (Nancy) --- Supporters List (Robin)

Networking Log

Nancy is awaiting reports back from legislators. Anyone with discussions with legislators should get the information to Nancy to put on the Log.

Supporters List

Robin & Jean will meet to go over some technical aspects.

Network Building (Posie, Sherry, Linda, Nancy)

Allies Campaign

We’ll start with the top ten + (eleven) from the last meeting.

Linda will take over some of Nancy’s groups. Robin offered to take on more.

1) Call script has been redrafted by Nancy.

2) Letter is a template that we should modify to add the contact’s name, date, etc.

Posie suggested adding a paragraph about LD433. Nancy will revise the letter with this.

3) Sign-up Form for allies.

Posie said that the latest version of the letter to potential allies does not suggest reciprocity, that we’re not offering it up front. If the group asks for reciprocity, we should say that we’ll take it under consideration.

Jean will send the letter to everyone in various formats with the letterhead logo.

Letters should be sent as an attachment.

Jean offered to do a workshop with anyone needing help with how to get the letter transferred to our emails, etc. Leda Beth mentioned that there is also a tech person at the library on Tuesdays.

Other states: VA, AZ, FL, NC

These are ongoing states to watch.

Communications (Nancy, Sherry, Jean)

Website & Facebook

It was suggested that the latest information about “Where are We Now?” needs to be higher on the website. Jean will work on this.


Nancy hopes to have a newsletter in March for Women’s History Month.

Advocacy with Legislators (Sally, Linda, Leda Beth)

Collins (Robin, Linda)

King (Sherry, Nancy)

Pingree (Nancy, Sherry)

Golden (Sally)

Maine: Legislators:

i. Lois Reckitt (Posie, Nancy)

ii. Eloise Vitelli (Posie, Nancy)

iii. Sarah Pebworth – House (Linda)

iv. Louie Luchini – Senate (Robin)

Governor Janet Mills (Sherry, Robin)

Calls to Action (Leda Beth)

Angus King

Nancy hopes to meet with King’s staff in D.C. in April.

Janet Mills

Robin has talked to her cousin about a tea with Janet Mills. Questions about timing, who to invite, overall vision of the tea, etc. will be directed to Lois Reckitt for advice (Nancy & Posie will contact her). Robin said Mary Hermann may also have advice.

Capacity for the tea is approximately 45 to 50. There is a lecturn available. It costs $5/head which we would sponsor.

Robin talked to Louis Luchini’s aide. They would be interested in attending the tea.


Lois said that it’s going to the Judiciary Committee.

Leda Beth asked if there are other groups in Maine working on the same efforts as Equal Rights Maine. Nancy & Posie will ask Lois.

Leda Beth said that it is critical to get constituents to call their legislators.

Linda, Robin, and Sally will contact the 14 Republicans/ Independents that were suggested by Lois: 3 House Independents, 3 Republican Senators, and 8 House Republicans. They will get the initial feedback to Nancy so that she can pass it on to Lois.

Susan Collins

Linda & Robin will try to meet, again, with her staff member, Carol Woodcock.

Louis Luchini

Leda Beth said that she learned that his last name is pronounce as Lu ki ni.

Publicity (Robin, Lyn)

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

Event Planning

March 12 League of Women Voters at the Rockland Library

Amy Fisher is the contact. They will be showing the full Equal Means Equal movie.

LWV is doing all of the promotion.

Linda, Sally, Sherry, and Posie will attend. They may be able to make remarks ahead and after the movie. Nancy will help with drafting the comments.

Portland – Fall of 2019?

Robin has researched different venues in Portland. Nancy said that we may be facing a referendum in 2020, so it would be good to meet with groups in Portland.

Calls to Action

We’ll probably send out Calls to Action in the weeks before the House and Senate votes on LD433 – probably April/ May.


Lois Reckitt wants an overflow room at the Judiciary Committee hearings. Posie & Nancy will let us know when the hearings will be.



Robin asked Nancy about the possibility of writing a letter to a Georgia newspaper. Nancy said a letter might be good for the federal referendum.

ERA & abortion

Leda Beth will send us an article regarding an ERA and the abortion issue.

Alamo pre-show

Sally will ask Jane if she can give us a disk of the pre-show slide show that was shown at On the Basis of Sex. She’ll also ask if we can put it on our website.


Posie mentioned a book that she has read about RBG and Sandra Day O’Connor.

Posie will be back in Maine on April 21 and we were happy to hear that her recovery is going well!

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