Welcome to our Equal Human Rights Community in Columbia!

Please join in the conversation, as it is your participation that is going to evoke social awareness and change. It is through the collective use of our personal resources that we will initiate the dialogue for civil, economic, social and political equal human rights.

Social Change

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.” —César Chávez

Social change has begun.  Literacy and education spawns theoretical and or practical understanding. But it is when experience complements knowledge that wisdom occurs.  Through consciousness-raising, citizens will realize their individual, social, civil, economic, political and equal rights.

Months Events: e March Kick Off! 

Let’s celebrate our right to vote! Let’s celebrate the official kickoff of our virtual e- March on Tallahassee, to ”Ratify ERA”!  So when ERA is passed only then we can truly celebrate “Women’s Equality Day”. On menu bar click eMarch. What is DNA

Women’s Rights Movement

August 26 is Women’s (Suffrage) Equality Day, a day to honor all the courageous women who fought for our rights as citizens and continue to do so today. It was Lucretia Mott, a famous Quaker orator, who planned the first women’s rights convention in 1848 on July 19 and 20th. The Seneca Falls Convention was also the first event organized by women. The local Quaker women, were the first women to organize the two-day event along with Elizabeth Caddy Stanton,  a skeptical non-Quaker. The Declaration of Sentiments, presented by Stanton, was the foundational document, a first step that started the Woman’s Suffrage Movement. The convention was also promoted as the first gathering of women and men to demand the right for women to vote.  Yes, we have come a long way since that day, July 19, 1848, when it was too radical a concept for a women to serve as chair of a meeting, in front of  both men and women.

Women’s Equality Day represents a special tribute to all women suffragettes. Especially all the women’s rights activists of the 1800′s including the leaders of the movement: Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Caddy Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Amelia Bloomer, Helen B. Montgomery, Ann H. Shaw,  Matilda J. Gage, Ida H. Harper, Josephine B. Hughes, Carrie Chapman Catt and last but not least Alice Stokes Paul.

Suffrage

Ironically, women owe our vote partially to Frederick Douglass, the only African Amercian present, who supported Stanton’s ninth resolution regarding women’s right to vote, saying “that he, a black man, could not accept the right to vote if a woman could not.” It was Douglass’s powerful words spoken eloquently that swayed the majority to pass the resolution.

Alice Stokes Paul led the successful women’s suffrage campaign which resulted in the passage of the 19th Amendment.  In 1920 The United States of America granted women citizens the right to suffrage.  Yet women as citizens and taxpayers have been discriminated against since the Fourteenth Amendment (the amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws)  and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and 1965.

Equal Rights Amendment

In 1923, Paul authored the Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, but it was not until 1972, when it was skillfully navigated and passed by Congresswoman Martha Griffiths as a Joint Resolution through Congress and the Senate.  Forty-one years later, in 2013, ERA requires three (out of 15) states to pass it, one of which is Florida.

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April 9, 2013, an ERA Victory!

You did it! Your voices were heard and the Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, was put on the Agenda by The Honorable Gonzalez, Chair, of the Local and Federal Affairs Committee. The Chair, chose not to put it on the Floor for a Vote instead he “Workshopped” ERA HCR8001. Click play to hear an excerpt of the presentation by The Honorable Lori Berman, Sponsor of ERA.