TheÂ HerstoricÂ March on Womenâ€™s Equality Day will start atÂ St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. following the 8 a.m. blessing of the walkers. Many will accompany Helene de Boissiere Swanson for the final four miles of this 7,000 mile spiritual pilgrimage to the U.S. Capitol to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The four-mile route passing the White House and on to the Upper Senate Park at National Mall where top feminists and human rights activists will hold a press conference, and then rally for the ERA.
A statement from the Presiding Bishop and Primate Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA) will be read at the Press Conference.
On August 27, 2015, the day following the march and rally, ERA Action in conjunction with Katrina’s Dream are coordinating a lobbying effort to call upon senators and representative to co-sponsorÂ S.J. Res 15Â andÂ H.J. Res 51Â respectively.
The Equal Rights Amendment will empower women and provide protection for the LBGTQ community. Let’s change the world!
|8:00||am||Blessing||St. Stephens and The Incarnation -Washington, DC|
|9:00||am||Walk||Route – http://www.katrinasdream.org/?p=589|
|11:00||am||White House||Washington, DC|
|11:30||am||Arrive||Upper Senate Park, National Mall, Washington, DC|
|12:00||pm||Press Conference||Upper Senate Park, National Mall, Washington, DC|
|1:00||pm||Rally||Upper Senate Park, National Mall, Washington, DC|
CALL TO ACTION
Your support is needed. Please help to build a national and global presence in support of the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Â To participate in the Advocacy Action Events to follow the MarchÂ Click Here.
Join the Facebook Event to demonstrate your support, Invite your friends, and share the event everywhere. Send an email to all your friends and ask them to join in spirit. Â To join the Facebook Event Click Here.
Contact your local media outlets and ask that they cover the Equal Rights Amendment Rally in DC. Â Send them a copy of the Press Release. Â To download a copy of the Press Release Click Here.
ROUTE – WALK TO THE WHITE HOUSE & UPPER SENATE AREA, NATIONAL MALLÂ
There are a number of places where folks who are unable to walk the complete route may join up. Â For the route please Click Here
SPEAKERS LIST (PARTIAL)
There are a number of folks who will be speaking at the rally. Â For the Speakers List Click Here
SISTERS IN SOLIDARITY
In addition to the blessing, march, press conference & rally that day, there are several satellite events planned in other locations in the United States and around the world through our new Sisters in Solidarity program. Â For the Sisters in Solidarity program Click Here
Swanson, an aspirant for the priesthood of the Church of North India, co-founded Katrinaâ€™s Dream in memory of her late mother-in-law, the Rev. Katrina Martha Van Alstyne Welles Swanson. Katrina was one of the 11 women irregularly ordained to the priesthood in 1974, becoming the U.S. Episcopal Churchâ€™s first female priests. When the ERA failed to be ratified by the necessary 38 states, Katrina began to recite the Pledge of Allegiance â€œwith Liberty and Justice for SOME!â€ When questioned â€œWhy â€˜someâ€? she would reply, â€œBecause the ERA was voted down, retired women are more likely to live in poverty than men.â€
The 15 non-ratifying states, in the order Swanson has walked through them, are Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Katrinaâ€™s DreamÂ is active in working with theÂ homeless, developingÂ sustainable practices,Â prison law reform, education inÂ Botswana, developing programs inÂ India, and the full inclusion of women in all areas of life.