Iconic Baldev Duggal – Supporter of #MarchForERA

Iconic Baldev Duggal –      Supporter of #MarchForERA

“When you have a dream,” he explained with a smile that never seemed to leave his face, “you see opportunities everywhere.” That was Baldev Duggal in an interview with Chaker Khazaal (@ChakerKhazaal) for a Huffington Post article. The legend of Mr. Duggal portrays the classic tale of an immigrant with big dreams who turned it into a reality.

Baldev Duggal would dream of moving to America and making more money than President Dwight. D. Eisenhower, who was making over $100,000 per year as he walked down the place of his birth, Jalandhar. With the help of his relatives, Mr. Duggal was able to arrive in the U.S. in 1957 with a one-way ticket, student visa, and $200. When he finally got to the states, he had to cut corners and make deals with neighborhood restaurant owners just to have 1-2 solid meals a day. “When I first arrived in New York,” he [Duggal] says, “I noticed that sometimes, when people used pay-phones, their coins would get stuck in the coin slot. So I went around shaking them. Sometimes I made enough that way to buy myself a 29 cent “early bird” breakfast the next day.” He reminisces fondly on those days – he wasn’t stooping, he was striving. These memories remind him where he came from.

Mr. Duggal was infatuated with photography since childhood when his grandfather gifted him with his first brownie camera. In fact, when he was only able to take one course at Colombia University due to financial constraints, he went with a course in color theory. He worked many jobs because he believed that “exploring is learning,” but he realized that in order for him to achieve his dream, he needs to have his own business. Luckily, he came across a New York print production company looking for free assistance in exchange for space. He used the office space to create “Duggal Color.”

The business grew quickly because of his reputation for quality. Not only was he amazing at what he did, he was an inventor and a visionary. In the 1980s, he saw the potential of technology to revolutionize the graphics industry and invested early in the new markets of digital imaging and electronic re-touching. Eventually, Duggal Color because Duggal Visual Solutions (DVS). DVS became a leading supplier of printing, digital imaging, multimedia, wide format graphics and graphic display services.

Thank you supporting us so generously for the #March for ERA and helping us leave the world a better place.We, the team at Natalie White, White Box NY, Wallplay NY, & sim One, LLC, are deeply sad about the passing of such a positive philanthropic voice in our country. 

He was an iconic dreamer who was filled with pride, optimism, and humanism (Khazaal). Baldev Duggal, thank you for teaching us to dream. 

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After achieving his dream of making more money than the president of the United States of America and gaining global recognition, he went on to dream of leaving a better world than the one he came into. 

It may sound cliche but he meant it with all of his heart. Mr. Duggal founded Lumi•Solair in 2008, to foster innovation in the clean tech industry. He wants to help preserve the the planet for future generations so we can achieve our dreams like the way he did.

 

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ERA Coalition: 5 Notable Supporters

ERA Coalition: 5 Notable Supporters

Gloria Allred is an American civil rights lawyer, notably involved in the protection of womens rights.Described by President Barack Obama as ‘One of the best attorneys in the country’, Allred is also the president of the Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund (WERLDEF).In 2010, Allred famously went on a hunger strike for 30 days in support of the E.R.A.

“On this 17th day of my hunger strike, many people have been asking me if i am hungry. my answer is simple. I have a hunger for justice for women and whether or not I am fasting, my hunger for justice will never end until we win the addition of the ERA to the US constitution and equal protection under the law.” – Gloria Allred, August 13, 2010

Connie Britton is an Emmy nominated actress and producer, who played the critically acclaimed role of Rayna James in ABC’s ‘Nashville’. Britton is an advocate of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Planned Parenthood, as well as the ERA coalition.

“We have to be addressing this issue right now because look at how our humanity is being mangled in this election.” – Connie Britton via The Hollywood Reporter, March 2016

Patina Miller is a Tony award winning actress and singer. She was the winner of the 2013 Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Pippin on Broadway and also starred in The Hunger Games film series. Miller expressed support for the E.R.A in August of 2015 via Twitter.

“Join me in supporting the Equal Rights Amendment!” – Patina Miller, 27 August 2015

Rashida Jones is an actress, film producer, director and screenwriter and also the daughter of Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones. She is well known for her portrayal of Ann Perkins on ‘Parks & Recreation’. Jones recently wrote an article for Glamour magazine chronicling the Do’s and Dont’s of being a feminist in 2016.

“It’s important to understand that racism and sexism are inevitably intertwined. These are all our issues.”  – Rashida Jones via Glamour Magazine, May 10, 2016

Michael Moore is an American documentary film maker, activist and author. He won an Academy Award for ‘Bowling for Columbine’ in 2002. Moore brought attention to the E.R.A in September 2015 when addressing the audience at the premiere of his documentary ‘Where to Invade Next’ by drawing attention to Meryl Streep’s famous plea to Congress to push through the E.R.A.

“When change happens for women, one of the big beneficiaries of it are you and I. I’m very optimistic and very hopeful” – Michael Moore via The Hollywood Reporter, September 2015

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Sue Fennessy – To Infinity – The 8 App

Sue Fennessy – To Infinity – The 8 App

Sue Fennessy (@FennessySue), a serial entrepreneur and advertising executive, changed the unfair dynamic in social media with her new The 8 App. Before The 8 App, social media platforms were making money from users who create the content. Fennessy doesn’t agree with this dynamic, so she has devised an app to do something about it. 

The goal behind The 8 App is to create a social network based on positivity, empowerment, and social change. It allows users to tell their stories through photo and video, build an audience and monetize their popular content. 

By directly partnering with advertisers, The 8 App enables users to activate advertisement from brands of their choice within their content to generate 80% of the advertising revenue.  In addition, users have the option to pay it forward and donate to causes and charities of the users’ choice. Compared to other social platforms, users can generate greater income and it’s the first social network with a transparent and sustainable business model. 

Making money is The 8 App’s most attractive feature. However, the heart and soul of this social network is to provide a framework for empowering it’s users and to remind people that their voice matters. 

Fennessy said in an interview, “We feel when people are inspired by other creators, and empowered by the commercial part of 8. When you are feeling worthy and making money, and your creativity is being honored, it just feels different.” 

http://on.wsj.com/1wvtSaR – written by Mike Shields (@digitalshields)

Download The 8 App today – https://www.the8app.com

The team at Natalie White For Equal Rights, & sim One, LLC are happy and excited to have this new social media tool at our disposal during the #MarchForERA! 

Will Cotton / Artists I Admire

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A deeply talented artist, Will Cotton, is a painter who works primarily featuring landscapes composed of sweets, often inhabited by human subjects. I feel that the way he embraces women and their bodies is done in such an elegant way, a way that demonstrates that the body is a wonderful piece of art, to be embraced for its beauty. Not solely for viewing sexually. He likes to push “beyond the pleasure principle”. Will is one of the 25 featured artists in the now-famous Who Shot Natalie White exhibit of mine. It was an honor for me to work with Will and I look forward to collaborating again in the future.

 

Now: WILL COTTON AT FLAG ART FOUNDATION ROX
Summer School
June 9 – August 12, 2016
The FLAG Art Foundation
545 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001
flagartfoundation.org

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Moore of A Man … of the ERA

Moore of A Man … of the ERA

Michael Moore is a super famous documentary film director, outspoken activist, author, and ERA Coalition member/supporter. Some of his films include Roger & Me, Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Where To Invade Next which was his most recent film. His documententaries tackle hot button issues that are often uncomfortable but also informative and funny.

During the Premier in Toronto, of Where To Invade Next, Moore publicly spoke up about the need for the ratification of the ERA. What a stellar hu(man).

Follow Michael Moore @MMFlint

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Carol Jenkins: Inspiring Women!

Carol Jenkins: Inspiring Women!
I had the pleasure of meeting Carol Jenkins in Washington D.C on June 22nd. Jenkins is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 23 years at WNBC as the 6pm news anchor, among many other achievements and milestones.
Jenkins is the founding president of the Womens Media Center, which was founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem.
Jenkins has used her platform to spark much needed conversations regarding the state of women in media in the present day. The WMC give women a voice in media as well as fighting unfair representation of women, sexism and exclusion. 
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More about the WMC can be found here:
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