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 | April 2016

Opening of the Urban Nature Research Center, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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What a thrill to attend the launch of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s new Urban Nature Research Center! Held on April 13, 2016, the museum’s new President, Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, presided and the highly supportive L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas spoke. I am proud to participate regularly in the museum’s outstanding and ever growing Citizen Science program. The Urban Nature Research Center is not just a place to examine how nature is adapting and changing in our cities, it’s a new model for engaging the public in urban biodiversity research that will benefit conservation efforts! In fact, because of the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles is a worldwide leader in studying nature in cities for conservation purposes and engaging citizen scientists. Learn more HERE!

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.

In May, I will be 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.

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

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 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.