Sunday, October 30, 2011

Exceptional Merit Media Awards (EMMA) in Los Angeles!

EMMA awards will be held November 6, 2011 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles from 12-3 PM.  

The EMMAs began in 1986 to recognize exceptional coverage of women’s issues across media outlets.  Since its inception, the EMMAs have recognized contributions from the likes of Sheryl WuDunn, Ellen Goodman, Cokie Roberts, and Diane Sawyer, Glamour Magazine, and Ms. Magazine.  Always a forward thinker, Judy Chavis, this year’s EMMA’s chairwoman, has made it her goal to attract new outlets in music, entertainment, and sports to the event. In keeping with the event’s desire to merge the seriousness of the material with a fun and spirited atmosphere, the band Red Sea Rising will be performing. 

To get more information on this event and purchase tickets or sponsorships please visit the Official 2011 EMMA’s website

Judy Chavis, VP of Development & EMMAs Chair
(512) 263 - 0194

The National Women's Political Caucus Announces the 2011 EMMAs Congressional Host Committee

The National Women's Political Caucus is proud to announce its 2011 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs) Congressional Host Committee.  The committee, featuring Congresswomen and Senators from around the Nation is comprised of 4 Senators and 24 Congresswomen


United States Senators
Dianne Feinstein * Kay Hagan 
Barbara A. Mikulski * Patty Murray

United States Representatives
Tammy Baldwin * Karen Bass * Eddie Bernice Johnson * Judy Chu * Yvette Clarke * Susan Davis * Diana DeGette * Rosa DeLauro * Donna Edwards * Janice Hahn * Mazie Hirono * Eleanor Holmes Norton * Barbara Lee * Zoe Lofgren * Carolyn Maloney * Doris Matsui * Gwen Moore * Chellie Pingree *
 Linda Sanchez * Loretta Sanchez * Janice Schakowsky * Jackie Speier * Niki Tsongas * Lynn Woolsey

The EMMAs honor outstanding journalists, authors, filmmakers and media outlets that inform and educate Americans about issues critical to women, and whose work often brings to light those issues that tend to get glossed over, or slip through the cracks of mainstream public attention.  A full list of this year's nominees can be found by viewing our EMMAs Submissions List.

The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, November 06, 2011 at the Skirball Cultural Center from 12:00 - 3:00 pm, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 

Tickets to the event are $100 for individuals, $30 for young adults.  To purchase tickets to the event go to our event registration site.

Various sponsorship levels are also available, from $1,000-10,000. Contact Bettina Hager at 202-785-1100 for more information. 

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The National Women's Political Caucus is a multipartisan, multicultural grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political field and creating a political power base designed to achieve equality for all women. Founded in 1971, the NWPC prides itself in increasing the number of pro-choice women elected and appointed into office every year. Through recruiting, training and financial donations, the NWPC provides support to women candidates running for all levels of office regardless of political affiliation. The NWPC has endorsed over 50,000 women throughout its 40 years of service.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

For Our Jewish (or Jew-ish) Sister Activists!

“The Power of Jewish Women”
October 30, 2011    8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Presented by National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles
with Hadassah Southern California and NA’AMAT USA/Western Area

The Jewish Women’s Conference is dedicated to strengthening the power of Jewish women by empowering, educating, and connecting multigenerational Jewish women in Southern California through outreach, activism, and awareness.

Preliminary Program Schedule:
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.      Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 - 9:50             Welcome and Introduction
9:50 - 10:45           First Keynote Speaker - TBD
10:45 - noon          Workshops

The Jewish Mandate for Social Action: An examination of Judaism's tradition of Tikkun Olam and How Text Can Guide Us - A discussion with the most prominent Jewish women rabbis of Southern California how Judaism affects our lives from the context of our sacred Texts.

Protecting Women’s Rights: Practices, Politics & Policies - Today’s dialogue will discuss how the attack on women’s rights has played out throughout history, and how women have changed to fight back. Learn about everything from Roe v. Wade to crisis pregnancy centers and everything in between. 

Speaking Up: A Discussion of Issues Facing Women in Israel Today- From riding the bus to getting a divorce, life for modern Israeli women can be full of struggles. This workshop will bring you up to date on the latest issues confronting women in Israel and let you know how you can raise your voice to help.

The ABCs of Health Care: Access, Benefits, and Costs - This workshop will focus on the real social and economic impact healthcare policy has on women, families, and society. 

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.    Lunch and Second Keynote Speaker - TBD

1:25 - 2:00             Jewish Women Founders Panelists discuss how and why they helped found their organizations and the impact they make each and every day

2:00 - 2:15             Closing

Location:            NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, CA 90036
$36, students $18. Includes breakfast and lunch.

Phone:                  855-592-7218 toll-free 
Expected Number of Participants: 200       

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Upcoming Events for Candidate Betsy Butler

 Betsy Butler is an NWPC CA endorsed Candidate
for CA State Assembly (D-50)!

If you would like to attend any one of the upcoming functions (see below!) contact Lindsay Bubar at (or 818.516.4697). All addresses will be sent upon RSVP.
Meet and Greet at the home of Lisa Ling and Paul Song
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Santa Monica, CA
Host Committee (in formation): Michael Colorge, Alex de Ocampo, Todd Flora, Nomiki Konst, Jerilyn López Mendoza, Mary Lueveno, Stephanie Molen, Cate Park, Ari Ruiz, Todd Sargent, Paul Song, Nancy Stephens, Erin Tanenbaum, Mike Young.

LGBT Event at the home of Rick Zbur
Hear about Assemblymember Butler's career of advocacy for the LGBT community, including her work on the board of Equality California.
Wendnesday, October 19, 2011
West Hollywood, CA
Co-Host: $3,900   Host: $2,500   Sponsors: $1,000   Friends: $500   Supporter: $250
Host Committee (in formation): Diane Abbitt, Bernadette Abbruzze, West Hollywood Mayor John Duran, Joe Guardarrama, Hans Johnson, Assemblymember Ricardo Lara, Fred Mariscal, West Hollywood City Councilmember Jeff Prang, Ari Ruiz, Doug Spearman, Rick Zbur.

Environmental Event at the home of David Nahai
Please join us to meet with environmental community leaders and the Assemblymember to discuss her work with the California League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Defense Fund, as well as her priorities for helping the Golden State go green.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
Co-Host: $3,900   Host: $2,500   Sponsors: $1,000   Friends: $500   Supporter: $250
Host Committee (in formation): Fran Diamond, Cliff Gladstein, Madelyn Glickfeld, Wendy James, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Joe Lyou, Commissioner Wendy Mitchell, The Honorable Cindy Montanez, David H. Nahai, Nancy Stephens, Ron & Sarah Stone, Rick Zbur

Women's Event at the home of Cathy Unger
Women's rights, equality and mentorship has always been a priority for the Assemblymember. Join us to hear about her work on the board of the National Women's Political Caucus and her involvement with Planned Parenthood and Women's Political Committee.
Friday, October 28, 2011
West Los Angeles, CA
Co-Host: $3,900 or raise $5,000   Host: $2,500   Sponsors: $1,000   Friends: $500   Supporter: $250
Host Committee (in formation): Diane Abbitt, Bernadette Abbruzze, Fran Diamond, Valerie Fields, Madelyn Glickfeld, Judith Hirshberg, Linda Lucks, Laura Maslon, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Commissioner Wendy Mitchell, The Honorable Cindy Montanez, Sara Nichols, Wendy-Sue Rosen, Kathy Spillar, Nancy Stephens, Cathy Unger, Hope Waschaw, The Hon. Betty Yee, Peg Yorkin, Daphna Ziman

Meet and Greet at the home of Liz & Mitchell Schwartz

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Hancock Park, CA


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Tips on Campaign Fundraising & Budget

Consultant's Take: Liz Chadderdon
"Budgets are something that I think candidates screw up, both male and female candidates at all levels. When running a campaign, the most critical factor is a budget," said Liz Chadderdon, President of the Chadderdon Group and frequent lecturer on campaign budgeting. "A really good campaign budget is a very thorough, all encompassing document. It is a living, breathing document and will probably change everyday." Chadderdon likens running a campaign to running a small business. "There are three secrets to success when it comes to your budget." 

How much money do you have? Chadderdon recommends the book Game Change as a cautionary tale describing how Hillary Clinton’s campaign almost went broke.
How much money do you need? Candidates are encouraged to make tough choices and differentiate between "needs" and "wants."
How much money are you going to raise? A state legislator race can cost anywhere from $75,000 (Texas) to over $1 million (California). “Any woman considering a run for office needs to be able to answer these three questions,” explains Chadderdon.

When developing your campaign budget, you will need to account for administration, fundraising costs ("Counterintuitive, I know."), communication, field operations, and research (polls and opposition research). However, 70% of your total budget should be on communication. Thinking about how much you have to do with that remaining 30% will give you an idea of how much money you really need to make this work. Your campaign needs to be lean, lean, lean. You'll learn very quickly to cut down on administration costs, that you can't do as much research as you want, and that the key to fundraising is not spending any money.

Take Action: Mail Call

By now, you know the number of individuals who voted in the last election for the race you are interested in. How much will it cost to do a mailing to that many households? Although it varies by state, Liz Chadderdon says a good rule of thumb for postage is 27 cents per piece for standard bulk rate. And that's just for postage! If you anticipate spending more than $30,000 on direct mail, Liz Chadderdon advises hiring a professional. Direct Mail firms, like the Chadderdon Group, often provide free consultations for prospective clients.

Tip Sheet: How much will 70% get you?

As Liz Chadderdon advises, 70% of any campaign budget should be for communication, with 70% of that being allocated for the last two months of the campaign. Paid communications can be rather pricey, however. Contact your local media outlets (newspapers, television, and radio stations) and inquire about the cost of running an ad. How much will cost you to run an ad for an entire 2 months (2x for monthly publications, 8x for weekly, and 60x daily for radio and TV stations)?

To learn more about Liz Chadderdon, please visit The Chadderdon Group website.
Quoted From She Should Run Newsletter

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