ROSALIND HELFAND works with nonprofits and government to create and implement innovative programs and policies, connect communities, inspire advocacy, and address complex local and global issues. She is adept at cross-cultural communication, multi-disciplinary endeavors, community engagement, organizational development, and planning for long term positive change. Rosalind works across multiple fields spanning human rights, arts and literature, education, and the environment.

News | January 2018

Chaired Environmental Justice Program with the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles

Marissa Chan from Black Women for Wellness Speaks - photo by Rosalind Helfand

Marissa Chan from Black Women for Wellness Speaks – photo by Rosalind Helfand

Last month NCJW|LA hosted INEQUITY AND THE RISE OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A Night of Storytelling + Action for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods. Eleven organizations who are fighting for environmental and social justice for local communities every day partnered with us, and around 100 people attended. Attendees engaged in exercises and discussion about environmental justice issues in Los Angeles, and learned about how to take action and support the work of environmental justice advocates.

NCJWLA is known for its initiatives serving the community, particularly social justice for women, children, and families. Recognizing the disproportionate impact of environmental pollution and climate change on some communities over others in Southern California, which greatly impacts the health and safety of families, NCJWLA’s Advocacy Committee has resolved to support legislation protecting our environment.

Co-sponsors included:

Black Women for Wellness
California Environmental Justice Alliance
California League of Conservation Voters
California State Assemblymember Cristina Garcia
Center for Biological Diversity
Communities for a Better Environment
Heal the Bay
Healthy Active Streets
LA Forward
Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles

Speakers included:

* Martha Dina Argüello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles
* Cesar Campos, Public Engagement Supervisor, Department of Toxic Substances Control
* Strela Cervas, Statewide Organizing Director, California Environmental Justice Alliance and CEJA Action
* Marissa Chan, Environmental Research and Policy Coordinator, Black Women for Wellness
* Monique López, Social Justice Planner & Policy Advocate

Chairing “Roe at 45: When Rights ≠ Access” featuring Dr. Willie Parker Coming on Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dr. Willie Parker

Dr. Willie Parker

For the fourth year, I am leading organizing efforts with NCJWLA to recognize the anniversary of the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision in favor of a woman’s right to an abortion. Last year, the “Rally to Save Roe” drew over 500 people and we partnered with dozens of reproductive justice organizations in Los Angeles and beyond. The night included an on the spot advocacy training for 200 people and led to many individual and organizational partnerships in the resistance to the 45th president and the anti-health, anti-woman, and anti-environment congressional and local leaders who currently hold power. These partnerships span Los Angeles, the state, and the nation.

Join us on January 14, 2018 for “Roe at 45: When Rights ≠ Access,” an evening featuring an audience interactive program that powerfully illustrates the experiences of women seeking abortions and the legal, financial, and personal barriers they face together with the consequences of these barriers.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
5:00pm to 7:30pm
NCJW | LA, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
This is a FREE event. Tickets are limited.
RSVP is required to Joanie at

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER – DR. WILLIE PARKER: Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, is nationally renowned reproductive justice advocate and only abortion provider in Alabama and Georgia. He is a recipient of the 2013 Physicians for Reproductive Health Dr. George Tiller Provider Award, the 2016 Dr. David Gunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Abortion Care Network. He is also a recipient of Planned Parenthood’s 2015 Margaret Sanger Award Dr. Parker is a 2007-2008 Leadership Training Initiative Fellow. He joined the Physicians for Reproductive Health board in November 2007 and is the current Chair.


Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (ACWC)
ACLU of Southern California (ACLU/SC)
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Black Women for Wellness (BWW)
California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF)
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ)
California Women’s Law Center (CWLC)
City of West Hollywood
City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board
Feminist Majority Foundation
Lenore Wax
LA for Choice
NARAL Pro-Choice California
National Organization for Women, California (California NOW)
National Organization for Women, Hollywood (Hollywood NOW)
National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (NCJW | LA)
National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA)
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Young Professionals (PPLA YP)
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)
Temple Isaiah
Temple Israel of Hollywood
Woman’s Perspective Organization
Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP)

Signing on Educators to Teach Literature for Life Stories in 2018

Illustration by Jimi Martinez for "In Transit."

Illustration by Jimi Martinez for “In Transit.”

Literature for Life is an online literary journal and resource for high school educators featuring contemporary stories, poetry, essays, articles, and art primarily by local authors and artists. We write original curriculum to accompany each piece. Our curriculum is hands on and teaches critical thinking and writing skills. We invite high school educators to teach Literature for Life material, and will arrange for our authors and artists to guest speak in classrooms. If you’re interested in participating, email me at

Read Literature for Life stories, poems, and articles HERE.

The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award for Short Science Fiction – Submissions are Open

Actor Jasika Nicole  reads at The Tomorrow Prize 2017 - photo by Rosalind Helfand

Actor Jasika Nicole reads at The Tomorrow Prize 2017 – photo by Rosalind Helfand

Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. present The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award, two science fiction writing competitions designed to identify and nurture the up-and-coming science fiction writing talent of Los Angeles and worldwide. I am once again directing these competitions. Submissions for The Roswell Award close on January 29, 2018 and submissions for The Tomorrow Prize close on February 26, 2018.

Science fiction is a uniquely inspiring medium that has enabled many of our great thinkers and scientists to imagine the heights and limits of human achievement, leading to important moral and ethical debate, long range planning for humanity, and scientific innovation. Writers are encouraged to explore scientific, social, technological, environmental, and philosophical themes in their writing and always, at the core, to master the art of great storytelling. Dramatic readings by celebrity guests and awards presentations for The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award 2018 will take place at LitFest Pasadena the weekend of May 19-20, 2018.

To learn more, submit work, or become a sponsor go HERE.

Gearing Up for the Third Annual Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California Symposium (CSCSCS) on March 24, 2018

Great Egret at El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach, CA - photo by Rosalind Helfand

Great Egret at El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach, CA – photo by Rosalind Helfand

The Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California Symposium is accepting applications to present. The symposium is an excellent opportunity for scientists and volunteers to come together to share information and connect for ongoing conservation efforts. Last year, I had the honor of presenting on Citizen Science as Community Service, and I look forward to once again gathering a group of high school students to volunteer for the symposium. Through citizen science, students learn biodiversity and conservation principles in a setting that is social and supportive while still demanding rigor and attention to detail. Students will interact with scientists who are on the cutting edge of conservation work in the urban environment.

To learn more about the symposium, register and apply to present, go HERE.