This year 2020, was the 100th anniversary of the passing of the U.S. 19th Constitutional Amendment giving American women the right to vote. There needs to be a certain amount of states that ratify or basically vote to pass and process the amendement into law. There was a crucial juncture where it looked like the 19th amendment — was not going to pass. One of the delegates Harry Burns or Harry T. Burn, was the youngest member of the delegation in Tennessee, at 24 years old. Legend, history, and or the story goes he had a flower in his lapel, indicating his “no” vote until he found and read a note from his mother. He went in and voted yes and American women got the right to vote.
After the death of RBG, I like many Americans was reeling. There is the issue of nominating and confirming a new Justice before the election is decided. Please note, I’m not focusing on Roe v. Wade here — it is important but it is a deal breaker for many. My focus is to appeal to ten (10) senators, when we only need four (4), to delay the process of appointing/confirming a new Justice until after the U.S. Election in November.
And further appeal that they will do that right thing, and stand for justice — in that they will not support a nominee who will not uphold our Democracy — that they will chose someone not willing to increase Presidential term limits or change other pillars or main legal prcedent (actually Roe can be folded under here). But my main point is — we need you to wait, we need you to confirm someone who will not fail the U.S. system no matter what your stance is on a woman’s right to choose/healthcare or health care in general i.e. Affordable Care Act/ACA aka Obamacare.
With my P.R. Lady hat on now, I do not believe this is the time for thunderbolts. What I am posting here is basic contact information — along with talking points — to get in virtual door. My strategy has been to thank these Senators for their service and via the talking point, invoke past bill, legislation, stands they have taken in the past.
This research was done very quickly, online and is not as comprehensive, as I would like but time is of the essence. Due to the new U.S. postmaster’s crippling policies which are not even fully implemented and the Covid-19 Pandemic, I think either calling or emailing via the websites are the best ways to reach the staffers, most are working remotedly and in general they acknowledge on the websites, that the mail is delayed.
Any and all calls and emails could make a difference — virtual notes, just like Harry’s mother put in his pocket. Cheat sheet below with links to websites, email forms and phone numbers–to note: one (1) Senator Tim Scott does have a toll free/in the US Phone Number out of his DC office.
Ten Senators 10/Ten senators to appeal to via the RBG slot.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia
Phone: (202) 224-3643
Main Talking Points: Owns the Atlanta Dream/WBA Women’s Basketball Assoc. Gen X/Post Baby Boom. She never had title 9 sports/when growing up/limited opportunities to play school sports/chauvinism—and now she is proud owner of a professional women’s sports team.
Sen. Martha McSally R-Arizona
Main talking point: Veteran/former fighter pilot/faced sexism: Via Wikipedia: Sally was represented by the Rutherford Institute in McSally v. Rumsfeld, a successful 2001 lawsuit against the Department of Defense, challenging the military policy that required U.S. and U.K. servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear the body-covering abaya when traveling off base in the country. At the time of the lawsuit McSally, as a major (O-4), was the highest ranking female fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Her suit alleged “the regulations required her to send the message that she believes women are subservient to men.”In a “60 Minutes” interview broadcast on CBS on January 20, 2002, she described the discrimination she experienced under the policy:
“I have to sit in the back and at all times I must be escorted by a male … [who], when questioned, is supposed to claim me as his wife,” she said. “I can fly a single-seat aircraft in enemy territory, but [in Saudi Arabia] I can’t drive a vehicle.
Sen Joni Ernst R-Iowa
Phone: (202) 224-3254
Main Talking Point: Also a former Veteran/National Guard. Tough to find much/ but she has voiced/stood/been alarmed about sexual assault in the military and rape culture. Cites via Wikipedia: On January 12, 2017, Ernst questioned Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis on whether he would pledge to prioritize cutting wasteful spending, stopping sexual assault and retaliation in the military, and enhancing national security missions by leveraging the different abilities of “our guard and reserve forces”; Mattis committed to each. AND On March 14, after photographs of nude female soldiers were posted on Facebook, Ernst said that this “type of activity creates a culture that leads to sexual assault.” During a March 28 press conference, she asked Congress to pass a law requiring people to immediately report suspected sexual assault at government facilities.”
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito R-West Virginia
Main talking point: Sponsored/drafted: GAP/Gender Advance Pay/gap, legislation to help address gender/pay equity.
Sen. Deb Fischer R-Nebraska
Main Talking point: Tough to find much. Via Wikipedia: In June 2020, following the Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County that “extended Civil Rights Act protections to gay, lesbian and transgender workers”, Fischer commented, “It’s important that we recognize that all Americans have equal rights under our Constitution. I’m fine with it.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska
Talking points: Supportive of abortion/access/rights. Public statement re: waiting until after the election re: RBG slot. Cross aisle efforts: Wrote/sponsored legislation on how the military handles investigates into sexual assault/part of National Defense Authorization Act and Violence v. Women Act. Joined with McCain and MCollins–voted no on the Skinny Vote/Appeal of the ACA/Obamacare.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine
Email contact form:
Talking Points: Worked/co-author Bold Infra Structure Bill/Alzheimer’s Act and Bill re: Opioid Crisis Response Act. Also Fallen Journalists Memorial Act/on the record about Freedom of the Press/1st amendment. Co Sponsor Amendment: John S McCain Human Rights Commission. Joined with McCain and Murkowski voted no on the Skinny Vote/Appeal of the ACA/Obamacare.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine
Phone: (202) 224-5344
Talking points: Former Governor of Maine. Fought to save part of food assistance/nutrition program SNAP and Supports ACA and Abortion rights.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-UT
Email contact form
Phone: (202) 224-5251
Talking Points: Former Mass. Governor. Did pass Mass. Comprehensive Health Reform Law/basis for the ACA. Father was part of the anti-war movement/anti-Vietnam. Faith based doctrine/large family/children are the future. Wife Ann has MS/Chronic Auto Immune disease with no cure.
Tim Scott R-South Carolina
Phone: (202) 224-6121
Toll Free: (855) 425-6324
Talking points: Black. Asked for hearings on police/body cameras. Opposed nomination of Ryan Bounds to the USDC, called out nominee for bigoted statements/got it sidelined and also opposed nomination of Thomas A. Farr to be a federal judge, again vocal/concerns about Voter Suppression/past affiliation with Jesse Helms. Worked on Committee/rebutted skeptics saying as a Black man, he has experienced systemic racism, traffic stops, et al.