WEDNESDAY: 12 Noon EST ATTENDEES: E.R.A. ADVOCATES
The Call continues to grow and women around the world as women are emboldened and empowered to be fully included in the conversations as they address the many intersectional social justice issues that span the globe.
Please join us each Wednesday and help build the groundswell. The collaboration of grassroots organizers, lobbyists, and professionals is dedicated to promoting and educating folks across the United States of America to empowering women around the world.
Helene de Boissiere-Swanson: Katrina’s Dream co-founded Katrina’s Dream along with her late husband William Gaines Swanson and father-in-law the Rev. George Gaines Swanson and the Rev. Robert T. Coolidge following the night a hurricane bearing her mother-in-law’s name (Hurrican Katrina) hit New Orleans. That night was Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2004.
She dreams of the world where believers and non-believers alike dialogue through “Love Co-existence” and come together utilizing the African way of “Ubuntu” to address issues as they arise that affect humanity and the planet.
In the years following Swanson worked diligently in resurrecting the Equal Rights Amendment which had been presumed dead. She and her family traveled to the Lambeth Conference in 2008 to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment into the U.S. Constitution. Swanson worked with U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin in the dropping of the first “Three State Strategy” bill into “the hopper”. That bill launched numerous organizations on ramping up for the passage of the ERA.
In the winter of 2012, continuing in the Episcopalian / Anglican social justice driven mission of Katrina’s Dream, Helene and her late husband William went on a goodwill mission to Northern India to extend love and support to the Garrison Church, in Camp Deolali, Diocese of Nasik, Church of North India for the Christmas season.
They headed over to India after receiving a blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams following the St. Nicolas Day Parade at Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, England. The first few days in Nasik were tension-filled, as they addressed the issue of those who were making it uncomfortable for Believers to attend services at Garrison Church. William and Helene met with the local police authorities, and with their assistance, much has been resolved. William and Helene conducted Matins at Garrison Church, participated in the funeral of Lt. Col. George Raju, and preached at the Watchnight (December 24th) and Christmas services, becoming acquainted with local parishioners and their issues.
Helene has made three pilgrimages the first in 2012 where she walked over 600+ miles from Seneca Falls, New York to the U.S. Capitol. The second pilgrimage she traveled in excess of 7000 miles covering the then 15 unratified states. Her pilgrimage is cited in the 2015 Nevada Legislative General Assembly record as being the spark that led to Nevada ratifying in 2017. And the most recent during the height of the covid19 pandemic from Brooklyn, NY to Bar Harbor, ME where the Liturgy in the Thanksgiving of the Ordination of Women was celebrated at St. Saviour’s in 2020. In 2016 she renewed her vows with and serves Bishop Musonda Selwyn Trevor Mwamba, the Honorary Bishop of Chelmsford. Swanson first took vows with Bishop Pradip Kamble, Bishop of Nasik, India. Presently Swanson spends her time free time writing and is working on her first book while car surfing in Bolinas, California.
The Volunteer’s volunteer, Hill is the Vice President of Cobb Faith Partnership, Community & Media Relations Director for Georgia Community Coalition, Georgia Representative for the Voting Rights Alliance, Co-convenor puff Citizens for Governmental Transparency, Regional Coordinator of the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda convened by the Dean of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Joseph Lowery, guiding voter education, and mobilization. The National Voting Rights Alliance Georgia Coordinator is currently the National 1st Vice President of Development for the National Women’s Political Caucus. Hill is the Co-Georgia Representative for the ERA Action 3-State Strategy Initiative, the voice of women, for motivating change.
Guiding community relations for over 20 organizations, including Samaritan Relief Fund, Operation LEAD, Georgia Community Coalition effectively maximizing their exposure from Kosovo to Haiti, from New York to Mississippi, for individuals and families of disaster relief, emergency, displaced, and homeless outreach. Hill, has been featured as a panelist on community and citizenship, voter and issues-based forums as the Women’s Equality Day at The Carter Center and coordinated forums, Town Halls, including the Global Humanitarian Summit, and Black Family Expo.
Recognizing the value of people, Hill is the Creator of the M & M Community Service Award presented to Usher, and the Bobby Jones Trailblazer Award for Sivad Entertainment. Hill served on Governor Roy Barnes’ Human Relations Commission and worked with the Georgia Commission on Women, Currently a member of the Police oversight committee, Citizens of Public Safety, CoPS, and the National Community Engagement Director for The Legislative Clergy Council.
Hill, former Asst General Manager for WXKO radio station, Fort Valley, Georgia, facilitates Public Eye Report media and segments, a radio/TV producer and host, from AIB and People TV to, WAEC, WYZE Atlanta, and WXAG, Athens, Georgia to WONG Canton, Mississippi, highlighting happenings and unsung leaders empowering communities from non-profits, to the Stellar Awards. An advocate of civic engagement, Hill serves with the Cobb NAACP, Cobb SCLC, Powder Springs Taskforce, Susan Jolley Awareness Program, and is a member of the newly developing Citizens of Public Safety oversight organization, to balance community accountability.
A thirty-year Cobb resident, evangelist Hill, and family are members of historic Zion Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia, where she serves as Deaconess and Chair of the Evangelistic Outreach Ministry. Hill facilitates Missionary Assistance with her husband for Zion’s Benevolence Outreach. Married to her high school sweetheart, Calvin A. Hill, Sr., for 37 years, is the mother of six and grandmother of five, with one on the way. A 2004 United Way CNI “Great Idea” Awardee for the Image Concepts’ “Professional Advantage” Coaching System. Hill continues to lead collaboration, with the 2016 United Way e3 Leadership Academy, “My S.K.I.L.L.S” and “Men On Point” Magazine.
Tammy Simkins: ERA Action became an advocate for the ratification of the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.) in 2012 and has worked for ratification through the “3 State Strategy” ever since. That year, she learned through her women and gender studies at Ohio University, that the E.R.A. had not yet finished the ratification process and that there was legislation in place to complete the job.
As an American, Tammy was outraged to discover that the E.R.A.’s absence from the Constitution means sex discrimination is not outlawed under national law.. As a woman–a mother, a daughter, a sister, and friend–she was alarmed as to what the future might hold for a country when it fails to include in its bedrock documents this simple guarantee: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Ever since Tammy learned the truth, she has remained committed, continuing to do all she can to see the E.R.A.’s ratification process completed.
Some of Tammy’s accomplishments in moving the E.R.A. forward include co-authoring and coordinating the successful “We The People” 2013 E.R.A. White House Petition which officially put the Obama Administration on the record as a supporter of the E.R.A. and brought grassroots E.R.A. advocates together–especially through social media. The E.R.A. White House Petition led to the formation of ERA Action, which Tammy co-founded and co-directs. Of special note is work done on the ground in Washington D.C. and on the web to gain national support for the joint resolution: removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment, and in NV and IL to make those states number 36 and 37 to ratify the E.R.A.
Since 2013, Tammy has remained a steadfast leader in keeping E.R.A. Advocates connected through conference calls. She is proud of her consistent commitment to this process and honored to hold–since 2017–the role of co-host and collaborator on THE CALL: A non-partisan program to Pass The Equal Rights Amendment under the umbrella of Katrina’s Dream. E.R.A. advocacy in Tammy’s local community of Chillicothe, Ohio, is also a point of pride. Currently, she serves on the Chillicothe/Ross League of Women Voters E.R.A. Committee.
Tammy graduated from Ohio University with a B.S.S. in Political Science and Gender Issues and an Undergraduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies in 2013 (she earned an Associate of Arts with a Humanities emphasis in 2011) and was presented with the Ohio University-Chillicothe Heritage Day Award for her work on the E.R.A. the same year.
A native and lifelong resident of Chillicothe, Ohio, Tammy was born the daughter of devoted teenage parents who instilled in her the attributes which led to her devotion to the cause. Her activist spirit came from her mom who taught her from an early age to stand up for human rights and trained her to take part in the governmental process. Her dad ingrained in her the principle of family devotion with the belief that once a parent, one’s primary role is to protect their children. Tammy and her husband share three daughters, a grandson, and two granddaughters. It is for their future, and the future of all Americans, she works to ensure the E.R.A. becomes the 28 Amendment.