Monday, April 25, 2016

Pledged Delegates to Endorse Hillary Clinton

On Sunday, May 1 starting at 2:00 pm, women from across California will be running to become pledged delegates to endorse Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Nominee for President at the Democratic National Convention.

Please support our NWPC LA Westside leaders and vote at your district location listed below.  

Not sure what district you live in? Go to

CD 28 (Rep. Adam Schiff)
West Hollywood Park Auditorium
647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

CD 33 (Rep. Ted Lieu)
Congregation Tikvat Jacob
1829 N Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

CD 37 (Rep. Karen Bass)
Sibi Center Adult Day Program
2600 West 54th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Cross Street: West 54th Street/4th Avenue

CD 43 (Rep. Maxine Waters)
Nakaoka Community Center
1670 West 162nd Street
Gardena, CA 90247
Cross Streets/Landmarks: West 162nd Street/Harvard Blvd

CD 44 (Rep. Janice Hahn)
SEIU Local 99
3651 E. Imperial Highway (US Bank Building)
Lynwood, CA 90262
Cross Streets/Landmarks: E. Imperial Highway/Martin Luther King Jr

Caucuses open at 2pm – you must be in line by 3pm in order to receive a ballot to vote.
Caucuses are open to registered Democrats who reside in that Congressional District.  When you arrive you will sign in, cast your ballot and you can either stay to hear speeches or you may leave. You are not required to stay for the entire caucus to cast your vote.

Voters must complete a ballot, including a public declaration that they are registered to vote as a Democrat. Voters can register or re-register to vote at the caucus – voter registration cards will be available. If a voter is not 18, but will be a registered Democratic voter before the general election (17 year-olds who will turn 18 on or before November 8), they are also eligible to vote.

Any questions? Please contact Barbi Appelquist at

Or visit for more information

Let's help get our NWPC LA Westside women to the DNC 2016 Convention in Philadelphia!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Meet the NWPC CA Endorsed Candidates

The California Primary is only 49 days from today.
View this email in your browser

Meet the NWPC CA Endorsed Candidates!

NWPC California is honored to endorse these candidates in their races for PRESIDENT, U.S. CONGRESS, CA STATE SENATE, and CA STATE ASSEMBLY.  Please visit the candidates' websites to learn more about where they stand on the issues (especially as they relate to women).  Please CONTRIBUTE and VOLUNTEER for your local candidate.

NWPC CA is calling on all pro-choice supporters to phone bank for Hillary Clinton for President.  Click Here to learn how to get started.

Visit your local caucus' website to find out which candidates your caucus is endorsing for Local races.

U.S. President

Hillary_ClintonHillary Rodham Clinton

U.S. Congress

Doris Matsui (CD 6)
Anna Eshoo, U.S. Congress (CD 18)
Helene Schneider, U.S. Congress (CD 24)
Julia Brownley, U.S. Congress (CD 26)
Judy Chu, U.S. Congress (CD 27)
Grace Napolitano (CD 32)
Karen Bass, Congress (CD 37)
Lucille Roybal-Allard, U.S. Congress (CD 40)
Kerri Condley (CD 42)
Nanette Barragan, Congress (CD 44)
Suzanne Savary, U.S. Congress (48th CD)
Susan Davis (CD 53)

U. S. Senate

 No endorsement

State Senate

Mariko Yamada (SD 3)
Cathleen Galgiani (SD 5)
photos by Marc Thomas KallweitChallenger
Nancy Skinner (SD 9)
Jane Kim (SD 11)
Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD 19)
Phlunte Riddle, State Senate (SD 25)
Janice Kamenir-Reznik (SD 27)
Toni Atkins (SD 39)

State Assembly

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (AD 4)
Virginia Madeno (AD 12)
Susan Talamantes Eggman (AD 13)
Mae Torlakson (AD 14)
Cheryl Cook-Kallio (AD 16)
Vicki Veenker (AD 24)
Karina Cervantes-Alejo (AD 30)
Dawn Ortiz-Legg (AD 35)
Monique Limon (AD 37)
Abigail Medina (AD 40)
Laura Friedman (AD 43)
Jacqui Irwin (AD 44)
Cheryl Brown (AD 47)
Blanca Rubio (AD 48)
Sharon Quirk-Silva (AD 65)
Lorena Gonzalez (AD 80)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Repost of NY Times Article: The Abortion Map Today by Linda Greenhouse


The Abortion Map Today

IN his smart opinion piece last week, “A Mason-Dixon Line of Progress,” Timothy Egan noted the “retreat to bigotry” sweeping across the old South as politicians clinging to the past (under the banner of religious freedom) line up to authorize discrimination against gay people. The column prompted me to think about whether the battlegrounds in the never-ending abortion wars display a similar geographic concentration.
The answer is that to a startling degree they don’t. The battleground is much bigger. With the exception of the West Coast and most (but not all) of the Northeast, recently enacted abortion restrictions can be found almost everywhere.
Since 2011, 10 states, from the Canadian border to the Great Lakes to the Southwest, have each imposed 10 or more new barriers to access to legal abortion. An additional 21 states have enacted between one and 10 restrictions — the lower number in some cases simply reflecting a state’s creativity in having already adopted a long menu of anti-abortion measures.
It comes as no great surprise that each of the top 10 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas — only four of which were part of the Confederacy) is headed by a Republican governor. Politics — political culture — outweighs geography.
The Supreme Court is now considering a Texas law that imposes unnecessary and unattainable requirements on abortion clinics in the name of protecting women’s health. The requirements that clinic doctors obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that the clinics retrofit themselves as small hospitals threatens to force most of the state’s remaining clinics to close. The eight justices heard the case,Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, last month. It’s unclear both whether they will be able to decide it, and if they can, how a decision will affect other kinds of anti-abortion laws.
Some of what’s been happening in states scattered around the country come under the “you couldn’t make this up” category. There’s the Wisconsin law, struck down by a federal appeals court, that gave doctors a July weekend to put their hospital admitting privileges into compliance.
There’s the bill that Indiana’s governor, Mike Pence, signed last month requiring cremation or burial for aborted or miscarried fetuses. (At the gestational age when most abortions occur, the fetus is about the size of a grape.) Women have been mocking the law by calling Governor Pence’s office to let him know that their menstrual periods have arrived on time. National Review, deploring that protest as “silly,” reassured its readers that “the clear intent of the law is not to jail women who miscarry; it’s to discourage abortion.”
And then there’s Iowa, where the state Board of Medicine in 2011 authorized doctors to use videoconferencing to dispense the medication that induces abortion in early pregnancy. Under this “telemedicine” system, with a procedure developed by Planned Parenthood, a nurse performs an ultrasound examination, which the doctor views over a video link to determine the stage of pregnancy. If satisfied that a medication abortion is appropriate, the doctor sends a remote command that opens a drawer containing the pills.
The medical board’s action, aimed at providing increased access to abortion at lower cost, was controversial. Among those urging the board to reject the procedure was a prominent Catholic priest, Msgr. Frank Bognanno. After Iowa’s Gov. Terry Branstad used a recess appointment to place Monsignor Bognanno on one of the board’s three seats reserved for non-physicians, the board promptly reversed itself and barred the telemedicine procedure. Seventeen other states have done the same. (The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last June that the prohibition violated the right to abortion as understood by the Iowa Constitution. Noting that the state medical board had approved telemedicine in other settings, the court said that “the board appears to hold abortion to a different medical standard than other procedures.”)
But of all these states, Arizona wins the prize. On March 31, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill forbidding doctors who prescribe the abortion medication mifepristone to deviate from the Food and Drug Administration’s specifications that were in effect as of last Dec. 31. Those specifications, issued in 2000 when the agency first approved mifepristone, required a 600-milligram dose and restricted the drug’s use to the first seven weeks of pregnancy.
With doctors having prescribed millions of doses of mifepristone since 2000, it became apparent that one-third of the original dose was equally effective with fewer side effects, and that the drug was safe and effective for up to 10 weeks of pregnancy rather than seven. These “off-label” uses became standard medical practice, endorsed by leading medical organizations; doctors commonly refused to give the original dose, on the ground that it was not in their patients’ best interest.
As medication abortion grew in popularity — now accounting for about 40 percent of first-trimester abortions performed at Planned Parenthood clinics, for example — the dosage issue became a handy target of anti-abortion activism. States began to require doctors to adhere to the original label, knowing that doctors would feel ethically obliged to stop administering medication abortion rather than comply. Arizona was one of the early adopters of this strategy with a 2012 law that required adherence to the F.D.A. label. In 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, describing the medical grounds for the state’s law as “nonexistent,” issued an injunction against its enforcement.
That ruling, Planned Parenthood of Arizona v. Humble, was not a final judgment, and the State Legislature was determined to keep trying. The bill Governor Ducey signed was the product of the latest effort. But on March 30, the day before the bill signing, the F.D.A. announced that after 10 months of study, it was revising the label to reflect the evidence accumulated through actual medical practice: a 200-milligram dose, to be administered during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Recall that the Arizona bill specified not just adherence to the F.D.A. label, but adherence to the label that existed last Dec. 31. Unfazed, Governor Ducey signed it anyway. “Some changes may need to be made in a later bill,” he said.
While a half-dozen other states have required adherence to the F.D.A. label (while not interfering with the “off-label” uses that doctors commonly make of other drugs), Arizona’s legislators are the only ones, as far as I know, to take measures to assure that a regulatory change in Washington would not render their efforts useless. There is no doubt that the courts will quickly dispose of the newly signed law, surely one of the more cynical political acts in this cynical season.
The new F.D.A. label should bring down the curtain on a fascinating and revealing episode in the abortion wars. I don’t know who first came up with the idea of requiring adherence to the old label; I do know thatmodel legislation under the title of “Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act” was drafted several years ago and made available to the states by the influential Americans United for Life.
What accounts for opponents’ focus on medication abortion? After all, the procedure is limited to the first trimester, as opposed to the later-trimester abortions that would seem to be more obvious targets for legislative energy. (Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah just signed a lawrequiring doctors to administer anesthesia to women undergoing abortions at 20 weeks, on the unproven and disputed theory that fetuses feel pain at that stage.)
The F.D.A.’s decision two weeks ago hardly went unobserved, but it didn’t make quite the splash I would have expected. Maybe that’s because the abortion-rights side is so accustomed to the dreary drumbeat of bad news that it’s hard to fully assimilate good news when it comes. As for the pro-life side, its legislative strategy could really work only as a subterfuge, a claim that legislators were really doing their level best for women. In the clear light of day, it’s not easy even for the most abortion-hostile politician to stand up and declare that doctors should be required by law to give three times the evidence-based dose of medicine, any medicine.The answer is apparent: Medication abortion promises the ultimate in women’s empowerment and privacy. No need for a fancy facility (although Texas, its motives as transparently shameless as ever, requires clinics that provide only medication abortions to meet the same physical standards as those providing surgical abortion). No need for a doctor’s presence. No pickets or gauntlet of “sidewalk counselors” urging women to turn back.
Or maybe the muted response reflects a kind of shock: While everyone was looking in the other direction, waiting with hope or fear for the Supreme Court to deliver its next word on abortion, the Obama administration moved with discretion and precision to fix a particular problem. Just one piece of a bigger problem, to be sure, but the result is a changed landscape for abortion access — east, west, north and south.


Support Endorsed Candidate Janice Kamenir-Reznik on May 4th

Conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton in Koreatown on April 16

Conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton in Koreatown, Los Angeles, California

Saturday, April 16
Afternoon (Time TBD)

$2,700 – Friend
$5,400 per couple in primary dollars - Champion (Includes photo with Hillary)
Co-host: Raise $30,000 (Includes photo and host reception with Hillary)

The event is expected to reach capacity, so please reply as soon as possible. 

To RSVP, please contact Sean Kiernan, at 818-817-9555 or

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Information about AB1561 Legislation #NOTAXONTAMPONS (Attend May 13 Event!)

Why do California women pay more for necessary health care items then men? Why are items packaged in pink more costly?

Did you know?

  • The average woman has 468 periods in her lifetime and a single box of tampons costs $7 at common retailers.

  • Women in California pay $20.2 million annually on sales taxes for tampons and sanitary napkins.

  • The average woman in the US will use 11,000 tampons or pads in her lifetime.

  • Five states have made tampons and sanitary napkins tax exempt: Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

  • Having a period is not a choice for women. Let’s reform the California tax code so that we stop unfairly targeting women when they buy necessary health items like tampons and sanitary napkins.

California law exempts health items like walkers, medical identification tags, and prescription medication, including Viagra®. Tampons and sanitary napkins are not exempt. Having a period is not a choice. Here is a list of items that are exempt  
Join the movement to end the tax on tampons and take one more step towards gender equity!



Thursday, April 7, 2016

Millennials for Hillary Kick-Off in Los Angeles in April 13

Join Actress Michelle Trachtenberg and Hillary for America's Western Regional Political Director Jessica Mejia as they help kick-off the Millennials for Hillary event in Los Angeles. The event will be Wednesday, April 13th at STK Los Angeles at the W Hotel West Hollywood between 7pm and 9pm. Ticket prices are $25 per person. Find out more and register here:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

GOTV for Endorsed Candidate Meghan Sahli-Wells in Culver City - Election April 12th!

Its time to walk and phone with Meghan, and round up voters.
She can really use your help on these last days of campaigning.

Check your schedule and respond to with your availability.

Walking with Meghan
Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, perhaps a hat and sweater. Please provide your cell phone number.

Friday  April 8  2 pm - 5:15 pm
Saturday  April 9  11 am - 5 pm
Sunday  April 10  11 am -5 pm

Phone Bank for Meghan - 5280 W.Washington Bl.  LA  90016   310-780-1051

Please bring a cell phone and charger. Limited landline use available. Snacks provided.

Friday  April 8  5 pm -8 pm
Saturday  April 9  11 am - 7 pm
11 am - 1 pm
1 pm - 3 pm
3 pm - 5 pm
5 pm - 7 pm
Sunday  April 10  11 am - 6:30 pm
11 am -1 pm
1 pm - 3 pm
3 pm - 5 pm
5 pm - 6:30 pm
Monday  April  11  5 pm - 8 pm -GOTV

Tuesday  April  12  5 pm - 7 pm - Poll Watching
Email and we'll send you to a polling place with instructions.

Election Night Party  -  8 pm - 11 pm  more later

Now, let's rock it!!!
Michelle Weiner · 4201 Lafayette Pl.
Culver City, CA 90232, United States

Monday, April 4, 2016


These next weeks will be critical and Hillary needs your help now!

If you can make phone calls from your home, please click here

You will see a list of voters you can call, together with a script and instructions. Just call as many as you have time to and then log back on the website to report your results. 

You can affect one of the most important primary elections without driving anywhere (unless you want to drive to the beach and make calls from the sand).


June 7th is rapidly approaching. All over the country, NWPC chapters are pitching in to help elect Hillary. As you may know, Secretary Clinton maintains a sizable lead in pledged delegates, and we couldn't be prouder - but as this past week has shown us, we cannot slow down or take anything for granted. NWPC has set up national phone banks in support of our endorsed candidate, fmr. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

More info? Contact:

Women of Color for Hillary Event

Please Join us for the Los Angeles Launch: Women of Color for Hillary
Special Guests 
Erica Alexandra, Actress, Hillary for America Surrogate
Reta Jo Lewis, former Special Representative, U.S. Department of State, Women of Color For Hillary 
Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The Promenade Residence | 121 South Hope Street |
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hosted by: Los Angeles Inaugural Committee: Women of Color for Hillary (In Formation)
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (Supporting), Dr. Linda Lopez, Hon. Emma Sharif, Jan Perry, former City Councilwoman for LA, Compton City Council, Hon. Bobbiejean Anderson, LA Commissioner, Dr. Carmen Schaye, Mayor Aja Brown, City of Compton, Dr. Deborah LeBlanc, Jacquelynn Hawthorne, Nilza Serrano, Dr. Cynthia Telles, Maisha Everhart, Maria Salinas, Abigail Márquez, Irma Martinez, Sylvia Torres, Alejandra Valles, Sandra Diaz, Jimmie Woods Gray, Corinne Tapia, Cecilia Cabello, Tina Choi, Wendy Bruget, Belinda Vega, Ana Guerrero


Please RSVP TODAY at the Link: RSVP Here!

Join the Network: @WoC4Hillary |

If you have any questions:


Return To Homepage