Things have been pretty quiet since the Approval Panel. We’re still waiting to be ’ratified’ (me as lab rat by sgoralnick on Flickr) which is taking longer than usual  because of Good Friday and the Bank Holiday Monday.

I e-mailed our social worker last Thursday, but none of the cases had been looked at. Still, we’re quietly confident that the agency Decision Maker wouldn’t overturn a unanimous recommendation. The wait continues…

Ford UAW contract ratification gains momentum

* GM workers have already ratified their contractDETROIT, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers leadership pushing for ratification of a new four-year labor contract with Ford Motor Co made fresh gains on Saturday with nearly half of the worker vote counted, a union online update showed.The running tally as of Saturday morning showed 56 percent of workers had cast votes in favor of the new contract which would give most workers a signing bonus of $6,000, and at least $16,000 in bonuses over the life of the pact.That is up from 54 percent in approval on Friday night and 51 percent in favor on Friday morning.There are about 41,000 unionized Ford workers. The vote continues at Ford’s U.S. plants through Tuesday.As of Saturday morning with 44 percent of the expected overall vote counted, there were 8,577 “yes” votes and 6,710 “no” votes, according to posting by the United Auto Workers Ford Department.General Motors Co’s 48,500 union workers, who have approved their contract already, get $11,500 at a minimum in bonuses, including a $5,000 signing bonus.At Chrysler Group LLC , the weakest of the Detroit Three automakers, guaranteed bonus payout is $5,750, including a signing bonus of $1,750.Chrysler’s 26,000 unionized workers will vote over the next two weeks on a tentative contract agreement reached by negotiators on Wednesday.Veteran Ford auto plant workers make $28.12 per hour, and will see no increase in base pay. They have not received a base pay raise since 2003. Skilled trades workers make several dollars per hour more.Wages for new hires that currently are about $15.50 per hour at Ford would rise to $19.28 per hour over the life of the contract.

Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman Among Finalists to be on $20 Bill

Women on 20s is pushing to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a woman, and online voting from the pool of more-than-worthy candidates has narrowed down the field to four women.

The final cut of Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller were selected by more than 250,000 voters from a field of 15 famous American women.

“We believe this simple, symbolic and long-overdue change could be an important stepping stone for other initiatives promoting gender equality,” the group says on its website. “Our money does say something about us, about what we value.”

The group, which also goes by W20, is lobbying to put one of these women on the $20 bill by 2020, the 100th anniversary off the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

There are still no women on U.S. paper currency and W20 is petitioning the president and Congress to change that.

Read more here

All four of these women are amazing, and I would be perfectly happy with any one of the choices except for Eleanor Roosevelt, who is a HERO of mine so I don’t say this lightly.

With all three other choices, we get racial representation and “normalization, not ‘diversity’” as Shonda Rhimes put it. Adding a white woman to the money mix reinforces white superiority and “white as normal, color as ‘other’” even while it STARTS to address male superiority and “male as normal, female and non-conforming as ‘other’.

My vote is for Harriet Tubman. Rosa Parks’ role is modern civil rights is undeniable, but Tubman has been justly compared to Moses.

Considered by many the “Moses” of her time, escaped slave Harriet Tubman became one of the country’s leading abolitionists before the Civil War. She returned to the South an estimated 19 times to rescue her family and others from bondage as a “conductor” on what was known as the Underground Railroad, an elaborate secret network of safe houses leading to freedom in the North. Later, with her intimate knowledge of the geography and transportation systems of the South, she became a valuable asset to the Union army as a spy and scout. Her Herculean accomplishments were attributed to extraordinary courage, shrewdness and determination. The Quaker Thomas Garrett said of her, “If she had been a white woman, she would have been heralded as the greatest woman of her age.” (Source)

Vote here: Womenon20s.org 

225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.

On January 28, 1790, President George Washington forwarded copies of a letter from the Governor of Rhode Island and an act from the Rhode Island legislature calling for a ratifying convention. However, the convention adjourned without taking a ratification vote, and Congress considered legislation that would tax imports from Rhode Island as foreign goods.

On May 29, Rhode Island finally ratified the Constitution. They included with their ratification a list of 18 human rights and 21 proposed amendments. Most of the 21 amendments were included in the Bill of Rights passed by Congress and sent to the states for adoption. On June 30, Rhode Island passed all 12 of the proposed amendments, though only amendments 3 through 12 would be adopted as the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

Rhode Island Act Calling for a Constitutional Convention, 1/28/1790, SEN 1A-E2, Records of the U.S. Senate

In “Reconstituting The Constitution: How To Rewrite It,” we invited readers to share their own thoughts on how we might change the founding document for the 21st century. We’ve gathered a sampling of proposed new amendments. Vote for or against each one and the next amendment will appear. (When you’re done, you can scroll through again to see how others voted.) We’ll share the results and let you know which ones were “ratified” by two-thirds of our virtual constitutional convention.



225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.

On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. President George Washington transmitted copies of North Carolina’s ratification at the start of the 2nd Session of the 1st Congress in January 1790.

Letter from President George Washington Transmitting Copies of North Carolina’s Ratification of the U.S. Constitution, 1/11/1790, Records of the U.S. Senate


225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.

On January 25, 1790, President George Washington forwarded copies of a letter from the Governor of Maryland and an act from the Maryland legislature ratifying all twelve articles in the Bill of Rights.

Maryland was the 2nd state to ratify amendments to the Constitution. The Bill of Rights officially became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791 when three-fourths of the states ratified articles three through twelve.

Maryland’s Ratification of the Bill of Rights, 1/25/1790, SEN 1A-E2, Records of the U.S. Senate

True Life

My Con class took me back to 8th grade History today.

We watched a video that PBS made back in 1979 about the debates surrounding the ratification of the Constitution.

It was a very dated video since it took place around 1980 but it was supposed to portray the events around the ratification the way they’d be if that had been current. News cast, interviews, etc. It was pretty hilarious actually. & now I have a crush on Alexander Hamilton :)

Keep the pressure on Illinois legislators, it’s working! #RatifyERA

Keep the pressure on Illinois legislators, it’s working! #RatifyERA

If you are calling Illinois about the #ERA today, please call ONLY the legislators on the list attached. UPDATED call list to #RatifyERA in Illinois, plus scripts and talking points at the link!

Calls are flooding in, on both sides, to all offices, and staffers are unable to do anything else. Hurray!  But let’s focus just these 10 or so.

Pro-Life and Schalfley lobbyists are also in the house.…

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