Washington, DC –– Following the first verdicts in the trials of Iranian protesters, ERA Coalition / Fund for Women’s Equality President and CEO Zakiya Thomas released the following statement:

“People from all walks of life and across the world are standing in solidarity with the Iranian people today after the first death sentence was handed down to an unnamed protester, with others receiving prison sentences between 5-10 years. At least twenty protesters are still facing charges that could be punishable by death. 

More than 15,000 protesters remain in detention after unrest following the death of Mahsa Amini. The ERA Coalition supports freedom and equality for women and for all people, both in the United States and abroad. Those standing up against oppression will be on the right side of history.

In the words of Audre Lorde, ‘I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.’ ”

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The ERA Coalition was founded in 2014 to bring concerted, organized action to the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA Coalition has a sister organization, the Fund for Women’s Equality, which promotes public education and outreach on the need for constitutional equality. Composed of more than 280 organizations across the country, the Coalition provides education and advocacy on constitutional Equality. 

While the effort to amend the constitution to include sex equality began nearly a century ago, our renewed efforts are centered on women of color (African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latina, and Native American), gender-nonconforming and transgender women and girls, and nonbinary people – those who are most impacted by systemic inequities.

www.eracoalition.org | www.fundforwomensequality.org 


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