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Postcards and Equality with Kamala Lopez and Natalie White
October 12, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
It’s Postcard Time for the ERA!!! VAratifyERA has printed these fabulous postcards so we can help correct the misconception that the ERA was ratified in the 1970s, as many still believe. We can help spread awareness and education while letting voters know the publicly held position of their candidates for House of Delegates. In that effort, please join us on Saturday, October 12, at Au Bon Pain, 6692 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23188, from 3pm until 6pm, or for as long as you wish. Postcards, pens, a SHORT script, and labels will be provided, but as always, bringing postage or a donation for postage would be a lifesaver and so greatly appreciated!!! We do not want the next generation to have to continue to fight this battle. Let’s leave the gift of Equality to all who come after us 🙂 Now,
There is a reason the time and date of this postcard event has changed to Saturday, October 12th, from 3pm-6pm. Williamsburg is privileged to have 2 EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN joining us at this event – The Founder and Co-Director of Equal Means Equal, KAMALA LOPEZ, and Kamala’s Co-Director, NATALIE WHITE (biographies follow). These two amazing women have rented the “Equal Means Equal House” in Suffolk, Virginia, from the beginning of September through the November election, to help flip Virginia Blue and finally achieve the Ratification of the ERA. They are coming to Williamsburg to assist in our local effort to achieve Equality for All and by extension, we have the good fortune of spending time with these remarkable women. 😊 YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY!!!
Following is the information and sign up link from the VaRatifyERA website on how to get involved at the Equal Means Equal House.
Virginia Equality Warrior — Sign up
Thu Sep 12, 2019 – Wed Nov 6, 2019
Welcome to the Sign Up for the EQUAL MEANS EQUAL House in Virginia! There are 6 beds and 2 couches in the house, and we want to make sure that all spots are filled! Come for a couple of days, a couple of weeks or even the whole two months! Book your spot NOW from September 12th through Election Day, November 5, and help us get out the vote in Virginia for the ERA! We will be canvassing districts, door knocking, tabling and educating the public about this upcoming historic election and how it affects equality for all Americans on the basis of sex. We will also be having fun, hosting dinners & events at the house, and inviting local and national figures to come join us for dinner and conversation. Sign up below to book your spot at the EQUAL MEANS EQUAL HOUSE!
“Kamala Lopez – Executive Director of Equal Means Equal
Actress, filmmaker, activist & President of Heroica Films, Kamala Lopez, launched the movement and documentary film Equal Means Equal, to educate Americans about the importance of equal rights under federal law for women and complete the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Equal Means Equal was released in the summer of 2016, and it went on to win Best U.S. Documentary (Audience Award) at Michael Moore’s TCF Festival and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The film began to be used by activists across the country in community screenings, house parties and online to reinvigorate the fight to complete ERA ratification. Then, in March of 2017, after over thirty-five years of inaction, the Equal Rights Amendment was ratified in Nevada and in Illinois on May 30th of 2018.
Deputy Majority Leader of Illinois House of Representatives, Louis Lang, Sponsor of the ERA said in a letter:
“As you know, I have been working in the House for twenty-five years to accomplish this, and without your help, this year’s vote would have ended as another failed attempt. Your exemplary leadership and strategic actions were felt throughout the state and the nation.”
Born in New York City to an Indian mother and a Venezuelan father, Lopez has worked as an actor in over thirty feature films including Born in East L.A., Deep Cover, The Burning Season (winner of 2 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes and the Humanitas Prize), Clear and Present Danger, Lightning Jack, and I Heart Huckabees. She has starred in over sixty television shows including Medium, 24, Alias, NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, and 21 Jump Street (winner of the Imagen Award). She hosted the PBS series Wired Science.
Lopez, a Yale University graduate in Philosophy and Theatre Studies, formed production company Heroica Films in 1995 with the mission to write, direct and produce media for women, about women and utilizing women both in front and behind the camera.
Her film, A Single Woman, about the life of first Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, won the 2009 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus. In 2013 her short Spanish-language film “Ese Beso” won the Jury Award at the Senorita Cinema Festival and the Audience Award at the Boyle Heights Latina Film Festival.
In 2009 Lopez began the ERA Education Project, creating multi-media PSA’s, video FAQ’s, social media campaigns, educational videos & sites, piloting curriculum and travelling around the country speaking to groups as well as students in colleges and high schools.
She has been the Keynote or Featured Speaker in venues as disparate as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, the United Nations, The National Arts Club, at the YaleWomen Global Conference as well as to “at-risk” girls and other children in L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa’s Partnership for Los Angeles schools.
Lopez’s work on behalf of women and girls has been recognized by Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors and the Women’s Commission who named her 2015 Woman of the Year (Arts/Media).
In 2012 Women’s eNews selected her as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century and the National Women’s Political Caucus named her the 2011 Woman of Courage.
In 2016, the State of California awarded her the Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Advocacy and Entertainment and the national civil rights group Equal Rights Advocates named her Champion of Justice.
She has just received the inaugural YaleWomen Impact Award for Excellence, which she will accept at the National Press Club in March of 2019.”
“Natalie White – Co-Director Equal Means Equal
Natalie White is a provocative and progressive feminist and artist, best known for her self-portrait work with Giant Polaroid Photography and as a crusader for women’s rights.
Following her June/ July 2016 solo show at The WhiteBox Foundation, she led a 250 mile march from NYC to DC to raise awareness for the Equal Rights Amendment. The day after the march, Ms. White painted “ERA NOW” on the U.S. Capitol steps in broad daylight in twenty foot letters. She was arrested a week later, she pled not guilty and represented herself at a trial that took place two days before Trump’s Inauguration and three days before the first Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
With character witnesses including Academy Award winning actress Patricia Arquette and Award winning actress / filmmaker Kamala Lopez, White was found guilty but only given a $50.00 fine and a six month stay away from the Capitol, with the provision that if she was going there to lobby for the Equal Rights Amendment she could go on Capitol property.
She was able to make the trial into a media circus appearing on MSNBC, Forbes, in The Washington Post, and Vice to name a few. In January of 2017 White became the co-director of the Equal Means Equal Organization started by actress and film maker Kamala Lopez. Together White and Lopez successfully achieved the ratification of Nevada and Illinois, after no state had even voted on ERA in almost 40 years, bringing the ERA just 1 state short of the 38 needed for a full Constitutional Amendment.
On October 19th, 2017 White and Lopez filed the first lawsuit against the Trump Administration and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for their illegal order to the schools, encouraging them to violate the civil rights provisions guaranteed to women and girls under Title IX.
Equal Means Equal”
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