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Equal Rights Amendment Back in Florida

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My name is Sandy Oestreich, and I am spearheading the re-ignited Equal Rights Amendment in Florida with two bills before the Florida legislature to ratify the ERA.  ERA barely missed passing in 1982 by 3 states' ratifications. We have legal opinion that when ERA is ratified by 3 of the 15 unratified states, it can be brought before Congress for passage into the US Constitution. More about that is found on my site,

More than 294 000 supporters in 268 major organizations have endorsed our ERA effort in writing, as have all 67 County Commissions, 7 Florida newspapers, many cities, and 88% of the public. Clearly, Florida wants an ERA in the Constitution. Nothing guarantees equality like the US Constitution. It's our contract with the nation.

Florida's Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing shortly on SCR 362; we believe it will prevail there.

In the House, the Council Chair is refusing to hear HCR 8001, the identical bill for apparently political reasons though we have a majority vote there, too.

We are asking all and any individuals so inclined to phone that chair to urge that 8001 be calendared to give it a fair hearing as soon as possible.  His name is Representative Frank Attkissson at 850 488-8992.  It is in the Government Efficiency and Accountability Council. We believe that multiple phone calls to Rep. Attkisson will have a favorable effect on that outcome. So we are asking as many people as possible to call that office starting on Monday and continuing as long as it takes, possibly through the next couple of weeks.

ERA historic wording from 1943 is:
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex [sic, gender]." And it merely reflects the simple moral American value of equality for all regardless of gender.

ERA is :
Not dead
Not an entitlement as it is for men as well as women
Not a hoax or a conspiracy
Not about abortion or same-sex anything, no matter how one may feel
Not about "unintended consequences" nor is it "bad policy" as Rep. Attkisson claims

Please, each of you, if you wish to see equal rights codified in the US Constitution (88% do), call Rep. Attkisson with the " request to calendar HCR 8001 as soon as possible so that it gets its fair hearing." 

His constituents in Orange, Osceola and Polk counties are especially encouraged to call, please.

Our deepest gratitude for your support for equality for all, regardless of gender.


Sandy Oestreich,
Prof. Emerita; fmr elected official; internationally distributed science author; nurse practitioner; biographied in the new Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-75.
Sandy Oestreich, Founder/President
Equal Rights Alliance Inc.,
The Organization with Leaders Dedicated Solely to Florida's Ratification of the re-ignited ERA;
and Vice President, the national ERA Education Fund, Inc., 501(c)3
727 393-0932, phone/fax  -- Go there. Get to know us.
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PO Box 59023
North Redington Beach, FL 33708

The Places to go for the Current and Accurate ERA Facts ! 


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