“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” 28th Amendment to the US Constitution On a grey and chilly Tuesday, Richmond Hill became the focus of the GOTV effort of VoteEqualityUS.
On Dec. 15, the giant mobile history of the 28th Constitutional Amendment rolled into Boles Community Park in Richmond Hill.
Having toured the four Southern states during the November general election, the bus has returned to the epicenter of national politics: Georgia.
Dubbed “Ruthless Vote Getter,” the RV’s name a pun on the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s moniker, the giant bus is wrapped in pink, with purple graphics, while text in marine blue, black and white delivers the message of what, why and how.
The mission: raising awareness and support for the passage of the 28th Amendment to the Constitution, granting equal protection to women.
Katie Hugug— a forty-ish military brat, mother of two and a CPA-turned- activist— emerged from the RV with offers of black Sharpies to the small crowd which greeted her arrival.
All were invited to add their names to those covering every open space on the exterior The bus is skirted with the names of those foundations and corporations which signed the amicus brief presented to the Supreme Court, ranging from the American Bar Association to Estee Lauder.
Ursula Lee, of Richmond Hill, opined, “It’s about time.”
In January, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amendment, a milestone required to place the issue before Congress.
In February, the US House of Representatives passed the requisite legislation.
When asked about his views, David London, also a Richmond Hill resident, replied, “Equal pay for equal work. It’s not that complicated.”