ROSALIND HELFAND collaborates with nonprofits and the 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 | May 2016

Heading to Washington, D.C. to Advocate for the Women’s Health Protection Act (S 217/HR 448)

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The Women’s Health Protection Act (S 217/HR 448) is a critical, proactive and pro-choice measure in the U.S. House and Senate endorsed by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). It creates federal protections against state restrictions that threaten women’s health and intrude upon personal decision-making. This legislation would preserve and protect access to safe, legal abortion care and ensure that the constitutional rights of every woman to make her own decision about abortion are secure – no matter where she lives.

This month, I am heading to Washington D.C. to represent NCJW/California at the 2016 Advocacy Day. Coordinated by the Act for Women campaign, the Advocacy Day is led by the Center for Reproductive Rights. NCJW is a member of the campaign.

As access to reproductive health care (and indeed what is primary health care for many, many women in the United States) and abortion disappears nationwide, this bill is more critical than ever. The women of the United States must not loose their constitutional rights. Learn more HERE.

The 10th Annual West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference is May 6-7

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I’m thrilled to be working with the West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference once again! The 10th annual Women’s Leadership Conference is Friday and Saturday, May 6-7. Learn more about the schedule and exhibitors, and register now HERE!

Get Ready for The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award Short Story Readings & Awards Presentations!

The Tomorrow Prize finalists, 2015! That's right! Girls write great sci-fi!

The Tomorrow Prize finalists, 2015! That’s right! Girls write great sci-fi!

As the Director of Sci-Fest L.A.’s two amazing short story writing competitions, The Roswell Award for adults worldwide and The Tomorrow Prize for L.A. County high school students, I’m over the moon to announce that we once again have an outstanding set of finalists for both competitions! Both sets of stories will be dramatically read in staged readings by sci-fi show celebrities! The Tomorrow Prize readings and awards will be held at the Acme Theater on La Brea in Hollywood on Saturday, May 14 at 3:00pm. The Roswell Award readings and award presentation will also be held at the Acme Theater on Sunday, May 22 at 7:00pm. Come and hear these incredible stories. Learn more and get tickets HERE!

Short Story Published in Cutthroat: A Journal for the Arts

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A literary curator and producer, I occasionally get around to also publishing my own written work. I’m excited to announce that my short fiction story, “Suburban Gopher Wars OR How I Learned to Be Weak” was recently published by Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. Funny and probably a bit traumatic to some, this story is an absurd reflection on growing up in suburbia with bits of truth woven in! Read it in the Fall 2015 issue of Cutthroat HERE.