Join Us on Thursday, January 22, 2015 to Celebrate the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v Wade with “Stories from the Frontline: Standing Together for Reproductive Rights, Health, & Justice”
I’m thrilled to be working on “Stories from the Frontline” hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles and sponsored by a coalition of local, state, and national organizations that advocate for full access to all reproductive health services including abortion care.
Celebrity guests including Amy Brenneman, L. Scott Caldwell, Michael Cory Davis, Damon Gupton, and Elizabeth Triplett will read original narratives that chronicle the abortion experience in America–and just how difficult it is becoming to access this basic right.
A dozen organizations are joining the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles including:
* ACLU of Southern California
* Anti-Defamation League
* City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board
* Feminist Majority Foundation
* Fund Texas Choice
* NARAL Pro-choice California
* National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
* National Organization for Women, Hollywood
* Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Young Professionals
* Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
* Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles
* Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP)
The event will feature a fantastic, take action program with original story content from the “frontlines” of fighting for reproductive rights in America and a chance to learn how to collaborate with the many organizations working on this issue. A “Call to Action” reception following the program will provide guests with ways to get engaged and take action now to protect access to abortion care.
The event will take place on Thursday, January 22 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles Council House at 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. RSVP to Ruth Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
Lit Crawl LA: NoHo 2014 Was a Great Success!
The 2nd annual Lit Crawl LA: NoHo was a huge success! Co-founded by Conrad Romo of Tongue & Groove, Sally Shore of The New Short Fiction Series, and myself, this year’s Crawl drew over 3,000 people for a night of “literary mayhem” in the North Hollywood Arts District! The Crawl featured 34 presenters and over 170 writers at 30 locations from restaurants to martial arts studios across the district.
Truly an event “where literature hits the streets,” the Crawl is L.A.’s largest grassroots literary program that showcases the fabulous diversity of L.A.’s literary world and all it has to offer–all in one night, and in one place! Partners for Lit Crawl LA: NoHo also include the LA Metro, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles County Public Library, and the Burbank Library system.
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of sitting down with two extraordinary people, Marie Da Silva and Luc Deschamps, President and Executive Director, respectively, of Jacaranda Primary & Secondary School in Malawi, East Africa. Jacaranda serves over 400 AIDS orphans, annually, and has enjoyed incredible success. Marie was recognized as a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2008 for her work. Despite the school’s success, teenage girls continue to have the school’s highest dropout rate due to various social pressures.
Working with Marie and Luc, I developed a leadership program proposal for Jacaranda to spend several months working with their students, teachers, student guardians, community leaders, and local universities to create a pilot, sustainable leadership program that continuously builds a network for the girls’ success. The program will include workshops, activities, discussions, mentoring, and community projects. Teachers, administrators, and others will participate in developing the program as we go along.
Why is this important? Much research shows that the health of a community and its environment is linked to the status and education of the women living in the community. The health of Africa is increasingly key to the health of our planet, overall, and it is critical to engage communities in creating innovative models for human development. On a more personal level, I simply believe that girls deserve to have great opportunities and I’m excited to be able to work with a school to make this happen.
Jacaranda School is supported by the nonprofit Jacaranda Foundation based in the United States. If you are interested in reading the full leadership program proposal and possibly supporting the program, please contact me directly.