2013-01-16 "Sandy Oestreich of 'PassERA.org' says, 'Seize the Moment'" message from Helene Swanson of "katrinasdream.org": My friend, Sandy Oestreich, of "PassERA.org", sent me the following message and I am passing it on to you. I ask that you make a few phone calls and that you pass this message on to your networks, asking that they do the same. Please speak for yourselves each phone call from an individual counts as one contact. Let them know that you support Sandy's work and the work of many other groups that are working on the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and that you heard of this through Katrina's Dream.
And I will be walking across America leaving on Mother's Day, May 12, 2013, from the UN Plaza in San Francisco covering all 15 unratified states.
And I say, "Let's Pass the ERA!. United we stand, divided we fall. NOW is the time for 'All for All'."
Love and Light in Christ, Helene Swanson, Founder of "KatrinasDream.org"
message from Sandy Oestreich [SandyO@PassERA.org]:
SandyO of "PassERA.org" here, asking YOU to SEIZE THE MOMENT to make this the Year for Florida's ERA! Finally, we now have a HOUSE Committee Chair to call to ask courteously to HOLD "H-8001" HEARINGS!
PLEASE CALL Representative Eddy Gonzales, THE all-important Chair of Local and Federal Affairs Committee, NOW to urge him to HOLD HEARINGS on "H-8001", Rep. Gonzales' District phone number: [305 364-3066].
Since this is a Federal bill, everyone in USA is a welcomed VIP volunteer. He's already heard our Legislative Delegation 2013 speech. HE HOLDS THE POWER TO MOVE OR STALL ERA THIS YEAR! That's because he gets to decide which House bills WILL GET A HEARING IN MARCH! If he doesn't schedule one, it doesn't matter whether Senator Tom Lee does; ERA will Stall for ANOTHER YEAR, the 14th year! aaaaaarrrgh!!!
SAY something like: "Please HOLD HEARINGS ON HOUSE BILL 8001. This being the 13th year this has been before the House without ever having a HEARING! UP or DOWN, ERA deserves a fair hearing, say constituents."
They never ask questions, so you probably won't be asked, but you can respond that "ERA is a Constitutional amendment and so affects Everyone."
National ERA Alliance is happy to welcome you to the effort that will change America's landscape for women, and men as well. When ERA is passed, it's the best legacy you can leave especially your female family members and friends: full rights to personhood and self-determination, and protection against sex discrimination in many cases. Like never before.
Thank YOU for doing your civic duty by giving Rep. Gonzales' office your input on ERA. You make us Proud! cheers!
Want more ERA info/background for yourself? You are warmly welcomed to tour [www.PassERA.org].
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent future messages.Walk4ERA: Let's Pass the Equal Rights Amendment NOW!
Message sent 2012-08-01 from Helene de Boissiere-Swanson
Thursday July 19, I started on my 500+ mile walk from Seneca Falls, NY
to the White House to bring attention to Equal Rights Amendment
resolutions moving through the House and Senate.
Our Press Release got picked up by over 140 journalist/sites for example, please see:
ask you to LIKE on our FaceBook page as well as JOIN our event page to
show your support in spirit and keep up with my travels as I make my way
to Washington DC, our nation’s Capitol.
Facebook Page: [http://www.facebook.com/www.KatrinasDream.org]
Facebook Event Page: [http://www.facebook.com/events/263993593684451]
can also Tweet about the walk, our hashtag is #WALKTHETALK. But don’t
stop there. We must all call our Representatives and Senators at the
Capitol and we must all call upon our President for his support in
getting the word out. We must make Women's Rights and LBGTQ Rights a
focus in this election. We must demand that Democrats and Republicans
acknowledge that 51% (women) of America population is not receiving
their fair shake in matters big and small and that those in the LBGTQ
community are marginalized who need the ERA too. I also ask that you
write your local newspapers, call your local television station, call
talk shows. Let’s get everyone talking about Equality. In short, LET’S
PASS THE ERA!
Let us all pull together for "UNITED WE STAND.
DIVIDED WE FALL. ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!" We can make a
difference and we can demand CHANGE NOW!
Thank you in advance for
taking the time to read this and for taking the time to make the EQUAL
RIGHTS AMENDMENT a reality in our lifetime. Remember all the ERA needs
is 3 states, 2 years and 1 good president. And the ERA is a go!
Love and Light,
Helene of "Katrina's Dream"
About "Katrina's Dream":
[www.katrinasdream.org] [PO Box 749, Sausalito, California 94966]
Founded in the memory of the Rev. Katrina Swanson. Mission is the full
inclusion of women in society, particularly the passage of the Equal
Rights Amendment. Projects include Torture No Prisoners, & Think
Tank Thuto. Katrina's Dream is a seed organization that promotes many
organizations and their work here and abroad. Currently working on the
passage of the Equal Rights Amendment here in the United States of
About Helene de Boissiere-Swanson:
[william (@) gotzinc.com] [email@example.com]
I am a disciple of Christ, I follow the path of
many prophets from many faith groups, and I call out to you in the name
of the one, to stand ground in these trying times and to pray to God for
guidance and to follow your heart in the days and months to come.
In the news: [http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/48667050/ns/local_news-delaware_valley_pa_nj/#.UCuC401lRWE]
You, too, can advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment!
de Boissiere-Swanson asks that you help make Women Rights and equality
for all genders a cause that is placed front and center on the agenda in
the years to come.
All you need to do is take 30 minutes of your time to do the following:
1. Call your Representative and Senators and demand they they make the
Equal Rights Amendment a priority and support all ERA resolutions moving
through the House and Senate. FYI Petitions only count as one no
matter how many people sign so we must make our voices heard. Please
call at least one office everyday to send our message loud and clear.
Here is a sample script:
“I am calling today to ask that
(Senator/Representative) ________________ give his/her support to
resolutions moving through the House and Senate that call for the
passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, Many organizations have been
working on this since it was first introduced in the 1920's by
suffragist Alice Paul. I feel that the Equal Rights Amendment is
important issue in this coming election and is bi-partisan. There is no
excuse for it not to be enacted in my lifetime. I want to see my
friends and families be treated more fairly in the courts than the women
who work for WalMart and were denied by the Supreme Court last year and
having observed how some of our elected officials treated Women’s
Rights in regard to Health Care Reform this past year, I am demanding
that you stand up and fight for our rights. I hope I can count on
(Senator/Representative)___________’s support on this issue.
Click this link to find out who is your Representative [http://www.house.gov/representatives/find] [http://katrinasdream.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b8de085f7810e5fed3c4c9641&id=9ddcdbdfb1&e=53ff95a5ae]
Click this link to find out who is your Senator [http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm] [http://katrinasdream.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=b8de085f7810e5fed3c4c9641&id=440f71cc0f&e=53ff95a5ae]
US CAPITOL Switchboard Toll-free Numbers
WHITE HOUSE Swithboard
Visitor's Office: 202-456-2121
If you are social network friendly then post on your Facebook account,
your Twitter account that you love your mother and sisters and daughters
and you are going to put them first and that you want the Equal Rights
AMendmet in your lifetime. To follow my walk to our Washington DC
You will forward this message as if it was a goodluck chainmail to all
your friends and ask that they do the same. If each of you can get just
10 people in your group of friends and family who will commit to the
same then we as Americans can follow the example of those who have come
before us , that while I believe “All for One and One for All, United We
Stand, Devided We Fall” I also believe that it is “All for All” That I
do not know one person that has gotten by without a little help for
4. Support the people working to uphold Human Rights & Gender Equality!
Check out Zoe Nicolson's page! She is a dedicated Activist, who is an inspiration to many. Please see: [http://www.facebook.com/onlinewithzoe]
Also check out organizations like
Emerge America, ERA for Once and For All, United 4 Equality, National
Organization for Women, and websites such as
www.EqualRightsAmendment.org. There are alot of organzations out their
who have been dedicated to women's rights issues, so don't stop at just
the ones I mention here.
5. Reach out to organizations of Faith!
If you are an Episcopalian like me there is:
Episcopal Women's Caucus, Anglican Women's Empowerment, Daughter's of
the King, and Episcopal Church Women. And there are many organizations
working on social justice issue under the umbrella of THE CONSULTATION
(Episcopal Social Justice Action Network) check these out as well.
2012-07-19 "Helene Swanson to Walk 500+ Miles to the White House":
SENECA FALLS, N.Y., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Helene Swanson,
an evangelical Episcopalian, whose activism is an expression of her
faith, started her 500+ mile walk from the Women's Rights National
Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY, on July 19, 2012. She plans on
arriving in Washington DC on August 26, 2012, the 92nd anniversary of
the 19th Amendment - the right for women to vote, the only right
guaranteed women by the United States Constitution. Swanson is walking
from parish to parish, as an expression of her faith, to bring attention
to the need for an Equal Rights Amendment for the full inclusion of
women in society and for LBGTQ Rights.
Seneca Falls has nourished abolitionism and feminism since the 1840s.
Abolitionist Abby Kelly spoke against slavery at an outdoor rally there
in 1843. One of her followers was later convicted of "disorderly and
unchristian conduct" for arguing with the local Presbyterian minister
about abolition. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Coffin Mott helped
organize the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848. Frederick Douglas'
impassioned support helped the convention pass the Declaration of
Sentiments, which proclaimed: "All men and women are created equal." In
1923 the National Women's Rights party celebrated the 75th anniversary
of the 1848 convention. Alice Paul, imprisoned, beaten, and force fed
for protesting President Wilson's not supporting women's rights,
proposed the Equal Rights Amendment at the 1923 meeting in Seneca Falls.
Swanson founded Katrina's Dream in memory of her late mother-in-law, the
Rev. Katrina Swanson, who was one of the "Philadelphia Eleven", who
were irregularly ordained in 1974, making them the first women to be
ordained priest in the Episcopal Church.
When the ERA was voted down in the United States, Katrina would say the
Pledge of Allegiance, "with Liberty and Justice for SOME!" When
questioned, "Why 'some'?" she would say, "Because the ERA was voted down
retired women are more likely to live in poverty than men." Swanson is
dedicating this walk to her mother who was left to die in a hallway of
an emergency room, as she was deemed too poor to save.
Katrina's Dream is active in Prison Law Reform, education in Botswana,
Africa, and the full inclusion of women in all areas of life. Working
with local California communities and collaborated with national
In July 2007, a team was sent to the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury
England where they distributed label pins to the attending Bishops and
their spouses bearing the saying, "God is Beyond Gender" to show their
support for women's rights and the LBGTQ community.
The Archbishop of Canterbury sought out and engaged Helene Swanson
regarding her work on women's issues at the 76th General Convention in
Anaheim, California, where Katrina's Dream was instrumental in the
passage of Resolution 2009-D042, which called for the Episcopal Church
of the United States of America to renew its historic support of passage
of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
On March 8, 2011, citing support from Katrina's Dream, Congresswoman
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) chose International Women's Day to introduce
legislation to speed ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the
On July 29th all are most welcome to attend the celebration of the 38th
anniversary of the ordination of the 'Philadelphia Eleven' along with
the ordination of Rev. Robert Coolidge who is believed to be the first
deacon to serve a woman priest in the sacrament of communion. We will
celebrate at 9:00 a.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church, Schenectady,
NY, which is one of the many churches Helene Swanson will be staying on
her pilgrimage for the passage of the ERA to the Capitol.
People reading this are invited to contact their Senators and
Representatives to urge them to co-sponsor the Equal Rights Amendment
resolutions currently moving though the House and Senate to help all
Americans have equal rights. They are also being asked to call the
White House and ask for the President's support in the passage of
resolutions moving through Capitol Hill.
Support is welcomed for Walk the Talk: A Sentimental Journey to Promote
the Equal Rights Amendment on Facebook.
Helene invites people to contact her at 415.233.2049 or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the website www.KatrinasDream.org
"What you can do for your Country - Help Pass the Equal Rights Amendment"
message sent 2012-08-13 from Helene de Boissiere-Swanson:
Just the other day I passed through my old childhood stomping grounds. It was not on my route (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/helene-swanson-to-walk-500-miles-to-the-white-house-163061316.html)
but I just couldn't pass through the area without going by my old
grammar school. It is said to be the oldest Jesuit school in the
country. I was known for debating in Religion class.
As I passed
by the Square, I stared up as the Jersey Jurnal building and decided to
give them a call to see if they wanted to do a piece on my walk to the
White House. They did. (http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2012/08/jersey_city_native_walks_from.html)
the night before President Obama came out in support of Women's Health
Care saying that we were a priority. it was reassuring to know. I have
watched him fight for Health Care. Knowing that he was not forgetting
"the ladies" made my heart a little lighter and the walk a little
Now more dedicated than ever I plan on knocking on a lot
of doors when I get to the Capitol. And I am praying that you will do
your bit too. President Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do
for you, but what you can do for your country?" I ask you to take our
country into the 21st century and not leave anyone behind. I ask that
you help us make Women Rights and the LBGTQ community needs front and
center in this election in the Presidential Campaign and in every
campaign across this nation. We need Representative and Senators that
care about people. We need the right person in the White House. Thank
President Obama for coming out in support of Women's Health Care and ask
him to support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. And get out
and vote this November!
Zoe Nicolson is truly a dedicated feminist
who along with several other women fasted back in 1982 when time was
thought to be running out for the Equal Rights Amendment. With a 2007
Supreme Court Ruling that has changed. So Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin
wrote a resolution that calls for the removal of the time bar now know
as the “Three State Strategy”, and we also have Congresswoman Carolyn
Maloney's resolution which is known as the "Start Over". We need to
demand that our Representatives support both resolutions and their
corresponding Senate resolutions.
Message #4: "Walk the Talk"
sent 2012-08-14 from Helene de Boissiere-Swanson: Today
I write you ‘One From The Heart’, the last few years I have heard over
and over again, that I have married well. This is always painful, like a
knife to the heart, as if all that I am and where I come from has no
value means nothing, marrying into a privileged white Blue Blood family
is something remarkable. I did not marry for fame or for glory I
married because I fell in love with my partners soul. Because I good
see that he was a good person. That he could see me for all that I am
and all that I want to be. That somewhere somehow how are worlds
collided and we became one.
You might ask, why am I sharing this
with you, well please take the time to read this, then follow your
heart, open you mind to your God, and follow your conscious not your
wallet in this coming election because more than the world markets and
economic growth depend on it. The lives of your mother, your sisters,
your daughters depend on it. The lives of your friends who live in
closet and those who are out in the LBGTQ community need to know that
they to are worthy of God unending love for all.
The last few days
have been quite harrowing. It started with a church who had offered to
house me but upon my arrival informed me that the party in charge did
not feel comfortable meeting me outside the church despite a bazaar
taking place at the church just a mere block away. That they expected
me to walk back through the area I just passed to meet me at a
restaurant to see if I meet there approval. After asking did they not
have a place for Elijah at the table, my emotions got the best of me and
I choked up while speaking to them and begged off the phone call and
opted to walk all night to the next church enroute. By the time I got
there it was so late that I decided to not disturb the good priest who
was preparing for Sundays sermon and slept on the grounds under the tree
and stars. Alas I was not destined to get a good night’s rest for a
raccoon, yes a raccoon came by to let me know that I was on it’s turf
and not wanted. This was his tree and it was time for me to go. So I
packed my belongs and headed off for the long haul to NYC. I was
fortunate that the party who was kind enough to offer me housing could
accommodate me on such short notice. We had a delightful time
exchanging concepts on what it would truly take to get this country back
on its’ feet. They understood that all if for naught if women and gays
are not treated as equals under the law. So I left bright and early
the next morning for the national network shows. I was fortunate when
George Stanpolus accepted my postcard to the president and kept it in
his hands the whole time his segment aired. What I did not know or
should I say I was willing to accept was just how close the calls have
been for me as I made my way through what I now call where three cars
came at full speed attempting to run me over. Then while I was hanging
out with production team who were shooting a commercial for the CBS late
night national news broadcast, my Facebook account was hacked into as
well as my gmail. This is not the first time. In fact several months
ago this happened and our website was hacked into too. And the server
shut us down for a few days. Now I have found out that my iphone is
missing “locators” so it is next to impossible for me to use the map
app and my messages are sounding garbled so know one knows what I am
saying when I leave messages and when they call me I do not get the
Why is this happening, you might ask. Well it is not big
brother, I can tell you that. President Obama came out in support of
Women’s Health care in Colorado while Romney is known for closing down
business allowing them to go into bankruptcy so that the pension funds
can be raided. I cannot tell you who to vote for, but I can ask you to
do the math.
What I am asking is that you help us make Women
Rights and the LBGTQ community needs front and center in the years to
come. And that in order for that to take place we need the right man in
the White House.
Love and Light in Christ, Helene