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What I Get Done for Women Would be IMPOSSIBLE Without the WWWeb !

My name is Sandy Oestreich, St. Petersburg Florida, USA. I have spearheaded the Florida legislature's vote to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), sort of a For-Free lobbying, for the past 14 consecutive years. THIS YEAR--2014--looks like it might be the year that will pass in about 2 months!

ERA, as I have written here previously is a piece of legislation to enable its passage into our US Constitution--A VERY BIG JOB! It would make sex discrimination, both genders, a violation of that Constitution in many cases! Can you IMAGINE what a challenge that was and IS?! It is needed because NOTHING else prevents that effectively in USA now.

ERA states: "Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." (more modernly termed "gender" now). So, it benefits American males as well as females. But, just as elsewhere, women and girls take the brunt of sex abuse/sex discrimination in the form of workplace underpayment; stalking, grabbing, rape and murder in the street, the home, college campuses and the military. Our young women live now in a Rape Culture. Passing ERA would fix that. Often people believe that America is a great, "exceptional" nation.

The World Wide Web has been an amazing tool for communicating locally, nationally and internationally such that I now have more than 300 000 members in my non-profit National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance! Our Board Chair is the renowned feminist Patricia Schroeder, a 24-year veteran of our US Congress. On the Web, we write and send our ERA speeches to our very Active activists who present them in each of Florida's 67 counties. Long ago we created our big web site, www.2PassERA.org, and I spend many hours updating that, our 326 major organization-members, and our 3802 activists on what to do next to further passage of the ERA. I give home garden sales to raise money for travel, expenses to get to Florida state's capitol where we try to influence legislators to give us ERA protection via their votes.

The Web has served us marvelously. I now can send 24 batches of 200 email messages via our SandyO@PassERA.org address in 20 minutes, zip zip zip, and can connect with all our organizations without needing to meet somewhere to exchange information or "wait for the next Board meeting in a month or so"!

It's not without its challenges and aggravation, though. As we all know, when the WWW is busy, waiting to get an urgent email out is maddening. And correcting gmail account email addresses of our people is tricky. My wish is that soon, providers will recognize that changing their format every few months is much less necessary to the user than just cleaning up what they currently provide.

Is anyone with me on that?

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I feel GREAT that we and PULSE people can chat together this way. I hope I get some emails from others via my email address, SandyO@PassERA.org, and some visitors touring our WWW site, www.2PassERA.org...Such Fun with the WWW!

Please connect with us soon as we plan to make a Big Step toward getting women and girls protected because our Americn Constitution includes the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). It took our US Congress 50years of lobbying to vote for the ERA to go out to 38 states to agree by ratifying ERA wording/voting for it. We ALMOST made it, as 35 states DID say Yes by 1982, but USA STILL NEEDS THAT VOTE BY 3 MORE STATES.

Republican men and some women officials, the Catholic Church, and America's Big Business are against women and girls being guaranteed protection from cruel sex discrimination, so THIS is a very hard, long, costly project and we of Nat'l ERA Alliance are not the only ones working on it. TOGETHER, IN SOLIDARITY, MEN AND WOMEN CAN ACHIEVE PASSAGE OF THE ERA. In fact, most do not know why there is such animosity toward American females; the average decent male is NOT against it and thinks, as we do, that stalling ERA impairs our quality of life, our personhood, our self-determination, and the economic recovery. (All nations created since WWII have already adopted gender-equal treatment wording; some found the Gross Domestic Product rose by 9% along with increased revenues and decreased costs of courts, food stamps, Medicaid, and public assistance.)

So, we think that those first-mentioned groups need to reconsider their priorities and their egos and their greed-based principles and then to Let Every American be treated equally. We work toward that despite strong odds.

But: We in ERA will Never go Away! We WILL do this. Absolutely. Love to hear from you--SandyO@PassERA.org

PS Our doctor-daughter, Lisa Oestreich, leaves for Kenya on the 18th to pursue there her group's usual annual medical assistance program there for 2 weeks--she wishes it were more time! Anyone there, Please take care of our precious Lisa?
We are Forgin' ON for ERA! Stay tuned,email me if you'd like to get our brief ERA updates from the USA, and tour www.2PassERA.org Thank You! and CHEERS!

Sandy Oestreich, Founder-Pres., USA National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance ; Fmr elected official; Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts; NY; Nurse Practitioner; Profiled in the new book, Feminis

SandyO's picture

wwweb--I JUST commented!

Please post previous comment. I await Responses. Thankyou Sandy Oestreich, st Petersburg Florida, USA Please.

Sandy Oestreich, Founder-Pres., USA National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance ; Fmr elected official; Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts; NY; Nurse Practitioner; Profiled in the new book, Feminis

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Hi Sandy- Thank you for

Hi Sandy-
Thank you for posting this article so we can see what forward-moving change is on the horizon. You seem earnest and eager, and we certainly need that as we come together to create change in the areas of gender violence and rights. You may want to keep your eyes on this topic page and feel free to read and comment on what others are posting. It is something to be a part of this organization, and to help others take action in their projects and vision.

You may be interested in looking at the opportunities page if you haven't already to see how else you can get involved:http://worldpulse.com/about/opportunities Specifically, here is the link for being a Listener (one who reads and comments during specific programs here on the site) http://worldpulse.com/node/64293

Please do not hesitate if you have questions or comments. See you around the community!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

Pls see prev. comment about ERA and how wwweb has marvelously facilitated our 18 hrs a day, 7 days/week for past 14 years for free for all Americans, esp. our women and girls to get ERA passed into Constitution! whew

Just half a day later, I'm getting the news that the Republicans in Florida legislature may be unfreezing their hearts just a bit. First clue is that one of them told the hundred of ERA callers he got today that he "is considering the ERA". That's usually a sign we have to doubledown on his phone, and that he is on the brink of co-sponsoring our ERA Bill in Florida House! A VERY GOOD SIGN!

It is just 3 weeks until our Protest-March around Florida's state capitol. We'll have bullhorns, cowbells, music and banners: "ERA 2 Occupy the Constitution!" and to the legislators: "Getta' Backbone, Vote ERA!" I cannot wait! Then, we hope ERA will start hearings in the legislature asap as we only have until May 1st to get it totally voted out !!

Mind-boggling that we might actually get ERA passed! Then we would have US Constitutional standing against sex discrimination in America like we have never had.

THEN, WE WILL HAVE THE AMERICAN CLOUT TO WORK FOR GENDER-EQUAL TREATMENT IN OTHER NATIONS. WHERE do you think we should start then?

Cheers! Email me at Sandyo@PassERA.org because for next 2 months and beyond, none of us here will have a single moment to check in here! sorry. Get some background on the Equal Rights Amendment and our 300 000 Alliance at www.2PassERA.org, too. It's not as simple as one would think. Keep fingers crossed for us as we fight this battle to a close in USA! WE have WOVEN THE WEB for ERA!

The law will read: "Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."/gender. Gender-Equal Treatment for male and female alike in USA! Dreaming of that.

sandyo, st Petersburg FL USA. Pres-founder, National ERA Alliance and ERA Ed Inc, etc

Sandy Oestreich, Founder-Pres., USA National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance ; Fmr elected official; Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts; NY; Nurse Practitioner; Profiled in the new book, Feminis

SandyO's picture

Dear cali-gal..I think I know you

Michelle-Cali-gal, did you ever live in or attend a Tallahassee FL, university? One of our members was emailed as cali-bug, so I guess i am mistaken. Small world, yes?

x x sandyo, FL, USA

Sandy Oestreich, Founder-Pres., USA National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance ; Fmr elected official; Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts; NY; Nurse Practitioner; Profiled in the new book, Feminis

Y's picture

Good for you that you are

Good for you that you are ever increasing your influence!

Yvette

SandyO's picture

Ours and YOURS! Write me for

Ours and YOURS!
Write me for fast-moving ERA updates
Cheers!'
sandyo@PassERA.org in Florida, USA

Sandy Oestreich, Founder-Pres., USA National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance ; Fmr elected official; Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts; NY; Nurse Practitioner; Profiled in the new book, Feminis

lydiagcallano's picture

Splendid work!

You are an amazing woman, a role model for women who want to get things done up to the national level! You are just blessed to be in a country where its Congress is listening and willing to take up sensible and generally beneficial ideas. Not to mention, you are surrounded by thinking and cause-oriented supporters who are not afraid to lobby and rally with you. If I were in the US, I will be among your supporters.

Your articles are very informative. I did not realize that unfair treatment to women is also happening in the US up until today. I am glad for those who are abused and unfairly treated because they have brave activists like you. Keep the faith in God and your country and finish the course! God speed!

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

Dear Lydia:
I'm sorry you, like many others outside of USA, believe that American girls and women automatically have equal treatment with boys and men. We have a long list of rights in our www.2PassERA.org we are denied because our rights are NOT in our US Constitution except for the right to vote, which we had to FIGHT hard for during a full 50 YEARS after ALL men were given that right. We were arrested for protesting, jailed, hung and beaten; some died.

As in many other countries American girls and women are treated as second-class Officials don't care, don't even notice. Just met with Florida state Republican who shrugs his shoulders at that though he has a wife and 2 little girls --that's common here. No, our US Congress is NOT "listening" to 99% of Americans! Republicans (not Democrats, the other political Party) in Congress and state elected officials are BOUGHT by a huge organization made up of HUGE CORPORATIONS! That organization is named ALEC, short for American Legislative Exchange Council--the only thing that is exchanged is $$$ paid to legislators in exchange for Corporate legislation filed by them! www.ALECexposed.org details it all.

What will FIX the lack of women's and girls' equal treatment is passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that's been waiting for the past 91 YEARS! I am 79 years old.

sandy oestreich

Sandy Oestreich, Founder-Pres., USA National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance ; Fmr elected official; Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts; NY; Nurse Practitioner; Profiled in the new book, Feminis

MariaAle's picture

Dear Sandy, You are an

Dear Sandy,
You are an amazing powerful woman with a positive vision that is a right for a woman and girls to have equal treatment. I admire you in truly hope that will come true." Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."/gender. Gender-Equal Treatment for male and female alike in USA! This will be an amazing change for so many USA woman that are affected every single day.
My prayers with you and my total support in your mission.
Best,
Ale

Maria Alejandra Alcaraz

email me at sandyo@PassERA.org and see what we do at www.2PassERA.org. I hope it can be translated. I am unable to know where you live, or know YOUR email address. Please?

Sandy Oestreich, Founder-Pres., USA National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance ; Fmr elected official; Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts; NY; Nurse Practitioner; Profiled in the new book, Feminis

ccontreras's picture

Excellent!!!!

Hi Sandy,
I had no idea this was happening and I live in Orlando, FL. I totally support what you are fighting for and please add me to your mail-list. I think this will be great once it goes through and I am very excited to see it become the reality!!
Cynthia

"I embrace emerging experience. I am a butterfly. Not a butterfly collector." - Stafford

I do not have your email address, so please email me at SandyO@PassERA.org !

Sandy Oestreich, Founder-Pres., USA National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance ; Fmr elected official; Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts; NY; Nurse Practitioner; Profiled in the new book, Feminis

goneglobing's picture

Great Achievements!

Hi Sandy! Congratulations on your organization's achievements and use of the Internet for your cause. Hopefully, we will hear good news about ERA. It seems like technology could be the key to really setting it off! Thank you for sharing your positive story. I especially like that you use home garden fundraisers--somehow it seems very pleasant and fitting. I agree that the Internet can cause as many aggravations as it it alleviates. It looks like you have a good enough handle on it anyway, though!

Shelley

my email addressss is SandyO@PassERA.org. Please write. and our site is www.2PassERA.org

Pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the USA through the various state legislatures and then thru US Congress is VERY HARD work, 7am to 7pm in Florida's capitol on those granite floors. I am going on 80 years old. Thank heavens I have a feminist husband who says "I help you because I just love you."

Sandy Oestreich, Founder-Pres., USA National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance ; Fmr elected official; Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts; NY; Nurse Practitioner; Profiled in the new book, Feminis

lydiagcallano's picture

Good for you!

Sandy, you are blessed to have a very supportive husband. In humongous missions, we really need helping hand. Husbands have wide shoulders to cry on when things get rough. May he continue to carry on the struggle.

God bless you both!

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

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