The “Notorious RVG (Ruthless Vote Getter) RV” will be in Grand Forks on Saturday, Aug. 28, as part of its Midwest tour to advocate for voting equality.
The RV, which honors the memory of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, will be parked from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the “Alley of Love,” between Third and Fourth streets, south of DeMers Avenue.
The goal is to raise awareness about the mission of the Vote Equality US organization to enshrine gender equality in the U.S. Constitution and the North Dakota Constitution. Vote Equality US is a nonpartisan, grassroots effort promoting equal rights for all Americans.
Those who visit the RV will be able to learn about the path to the 28th Amendment, known as the Equal Rights Amendment, of the U.S. Constitution, and about the ERA efforts in North Dakota. They may also sign their names on the bright purple RV itself, organizers say.
The event is hosted by Vote Equality US, Vote Equality ND, ERA NOW, and the North Dakota Women’s Network.
This summer, the Vote Equality US-themed RV has been travelling 4,500 miles to locations throughout the Midwest, most recently making stops at Fergus Falls, Minn., and Bismarck, Jamestown and Valley City, N.D. The RV is scheduled to be parked at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fargo-Moorhead from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29, and on the grounds of the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Aug. 30.
The Midwest tour is patterned after a similar tour last year around the nation’s southern states. In addition to North Dakota and Minnesota, this year’s tour covers Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois “to support Midwest equality warriors,” organizers say.
The RV has been making stops at retail centers, college campuses and law schools, community events, and corporate headquarters upon request.
For more information about the Midwest tour, visit https://voteequality.us/tour/2021-midwest-tour/