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The New York Equal Rights Amendment will give New Yorkers the freedom to control their own bodies, lives, and futures — protecting essential rights from changing political winds

On Saturday, March 30, Indivisible Ulster, Hudson Valley Strong, Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance and  New Yorkers for Equal Rights and local elected officials  kicked off efforts to pass a 2024 ballot measure that would protect essential rights, including abortion and pregnancy outcomes under the New York Equal Rights Amendment (NY ERA). Twenty-five NY ERA days of action are taking place across the state in the coming weeks, organized by college groups, gender equity organizations, and voter engagement coalitions — signaling growing grassroots momentum behind this historic initiative. Grassroots-led days of action will educate New Yorkers about the urgent need for the NY ERA and activate New Yorkers to take part in advocating for a first-of-its-kind ballot measure.

NY State Senator Michelle Hinchey joined as a guest speaker.

This event was co-hosted by members of New Yorkers for Equal Rights Coalition, a grassroots campaign led by an array of civil and reproductive rights organizations advocating for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The NY ERA creates the most expansive list of protected categories; no other state explicitly defines sex discrimination as including reproductive healthcare and autonomy (decision making) or pregnancy outcomes. New York’s ERA, if passed in 2024, would serve as a model for how these rights can be realized and delivered on the ground, and other states are already looking to New York as a leader on this

(Video courtesy of Tobe Carey)

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