Thursday, November 15, 2018

12/13/2018 Join NWPC LA Westside to Celebrate the Holidays, Elect New Officers and Congratulate NWPC CA President-Elect Karriann Farrell Hinds


You canvassed, you made phone calls, you sent text messages, you gave money, and you showed up to usher in this new wave of women leaders. Now it is time to celebrate our accomplishments and plan for the future. Please join us on Thursday, December 13, 2018 as we elect the 2019-2020 NWPC LA Westside Board Officers and Members, celebrate the 2018 elections, and celebrate the election of NWPC LA Westside member Karriann Farrell Hinds as the incoming President of NWPC California. 

This year, we're doing something a little different in honor of all these wonderful achievements. You can purchase a ticket to attend the Holiday Party, or, to help us prepare for the next Election Cycle (where we look to extend the Pink Wave, maybe into the White House!), consider becoming a sponsor by making a contribution to the NWPC LA Westside PAC.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


NWPC LA Westside is proud to support NWPC LA Westside and NWPC California endorsed candidates for the statewide General election on Tuesday, November 6th. Each woman is dedicated to our bottom line issues: 
✔️Protecting women's reproductive freedom, and 
✔️Achieving gender equality throughout all levels of society.

You can help them advance by joining their Get Out The Vote efforts this weekend! With your help, when women run, women win!

For more information on NWPC California endorsed candidates across the state, visit the NWPC California website.

NWPC LA Westside Endorsements

The following candidates are endorsed by the Los Angeles Westside chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus. Each candidate sought endorsement and was vetted and approved by the Board based upon her commitment to NWPC bottomline issues and the credibility of her campaign. For more information on each candidate's campaign, please visit her website. Don't forget to vote on November 6th!

Santa Monica City Council

Pam O'Connor (incumbent)
Previously endorsed NWPC LA Westside candidate
Sue Himmelrich (incumbent)
Previously endorsed NWPC LA Westside candidate

Ashley Powell

 Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Board of Education

Laurie Lieberman (incumbent)
Previously endorsed NWPC LA Westside candidate

Santa Monica College Board of Trustees

Louise Jaffe
Previously endorsed NWPC LA Westside candidate 
Nancy Greenstein
Previously endorsed NWPC LA Westside candidate

Los Angeles Coordinating Council Endorsements
The following candidates were recommended for endorsement by the Los Angeles Coordinating Council, a collaboration of the 5 NWPC chapter across Los Angeles County: NWPC Greater Pasadena, NWPC LA Metro, NWPC LA Westside, NWPC South Bay, and NWPC San Fernando Valley.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
Seat 4
Sauceda Judge Seat 4 candidate
A. Veronica Sauceda

Seat 16 (dual endorsed by LACC)

Michel candidate for judge seat 16
Sydne Jane Michel
Hunter candidate for judge seat 16
Patricia Hunter

Seat 60

Hancock candidate for judge seat 60
Holly Hancock

Eleni Kounalakis is running to become California's first elected female Lt. Governor, help us break that glass ceiling! 
 Spread the word through social media.

There are lots of opportunities to help Katie Hill, NWPC National endorsed candidate, flip Congressional District 25. You can do everything from  canvassing to phone banking from your home! Or, join Senator Kamala Harris for a rally to Get Out the Vote on Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 8:30 am. For more information, visit Katie's website.

 California State Assembly and Senate
 We also have the opportunity to elect five of our candidates to districts where they would unseat Republican men-let's flip those districts and put women at the helm. 

Christy Smith, Assembly District 38 (Northern Los Angeles County)

  Be sure to drop your absentee ballot in the mail by 
this weekend.
Or, turn in your ballot at the polls on Tuesday, November 6.
Don't know where to vote?
Check out the Los Angeles County Registrar's website by clicking below:

Friday, September 21, 2018

Santa Monica Member Meeting on October 4 starting 6:30 pm at Solidarity Restaurant on Lincoln

Ticket Prices
$35 for non-members | $25 for members | $100 for a year membership + event


Event: Solidarity Restaurant - Guest Speakers (10/4/18)

Please join us on Thursday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at Solidarity, 1414 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, for our first Santa Monica membership meeting to network with women elected officials, candidates, and NPWC members!

Our first Santa Monica Member Meeting will begin with cocktails and mingling at 6:30 p.m.,
followed by a panel discussion with City of Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tempore Gleam Davis, Councilmember Sue Himmelrich, and Councilmember Pam O’Connor. 

There will be a chance for Q&A with our amazing panelists following the discussion.
Appetizers will be served and there will be a no-host bar.

See Speaker Bios Here:

Questions? email
RSVP (click above PayPal link)

Monday, June 4, 2018

Support NWPC Endorsed Candidates on 

Election Day, June 5th, 2018!

Do you have a Voting Plan? Check out where you can vote at Los Angeles County Registrar's website.

NWPC LA Westside Candidates
Assembly District 54: Sydney Kamlager-Dove (Incumbent)

NWPC Los Angeles Coordinating Council Candidates
Board of Equalization Seat 3: Cheryl Turner

Superior Court Judge Seat 67: Onica Valle Cole

NWPC Greater Pasadena Candidates
Assembly District 48: Blanca Rubio (Incumbent)

NWPC California Endorsements:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ready to Run Training at Mount St. Mary's University April 28th

Women get Ready to Run® in Southern California
Mount Saint Mary's Center for the Advancement of Women is hosting its annual training on April 28th in Los Angeles featuring an all-star lineup of political women and campaign operatives. Learn more HERE



Monday, April 9, 2018

Support Our Endorsed Candidate: Laura Friedman

Dear friend, 

Please join me on Sunday, April 15th at 3 p.m. for an afternoon reception at the beautiful home of Marlene and Marshall Grossman in Brentwood. I'd be honored to have your support for the event.

I'm proud to fight every day for environmental protection, affordable housing, women's equality, LGBT rights, gun control, and solutions to a host of issues. I'm committing to ensuring that the next generation of Californians find themselves with opportunities and a better quality of life.

The invite is below. I know this will be a great event - especially if you participate! Hope to see you on the 15th.

In friendship, 
Laura Friedman
Honorary Event Chairs
Senator Ben Allen

Senator Henry Stern

Senator Fran Pavley (ret.)

Assemblymember Richard Bloom

Event Chair
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County

Host Committee
Marlene and Marshall Grossman

Fran Diamond

Daniel Freedman

Jane Hasler Henick

Hon. Richard Katz

Greg and Tish Laemmle

Adi Liberman

David Nahai

Marc Nathanson

Andrea Spatz
and Hon. Bob Wunderlich

Cathy Unger

Judith and Allen Weinstock
(host committee in formation)

About Laura
Laura Friedman is our champion in Sacramento. She has authored bills to protect water resources and the environment, promote clean energy, give foster kids resources to attend college, encourage affordable housing, and end the culture of sexual harassment in the capitol. She has earned a 100% rating from the California League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Courage Campaign, and Equality California.

Please join the Host Committee 
in supporting the re-election of

Laura Friedman

Sunday, April 15th, 2018
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

at the home of
Marlene and Marshall Grossman
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(Address upon RSVP)

Event Chair: $4,400
Co-Chair: $2,500
Sponsor: $1,000
Friend: $500
Tickets: $150

Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, April 11th to
Adrianna or Drew at 310/477-8081 or 

Paid for by Laura Friedman for Assembly 2018. 
Computer generated.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mayor's Gender Equity Event on March 28

In honor of Women's History Month the City of Los Angeles and the Mayor's Gender Equity Team, in partnership with Mount Saint Mary's University (MSMU) are excited to host an event aimed at increasing the number of buildings, streets, landmarks, and facilities named after women. The event is bringing people together to help collect information on the influential women of Los Angeles. The information gathered will be used to create the City's first ever digital Women's Rights Historic Context as well as produce a list of influential Angelenas to have accessible when needing to name a landmark. The Historic Context will tell the narrative and provide a timeline of the milestones involved in the women's rights movement of Los Angeles.  If she can't see it, she can't be it! 
Join us, March 28, from 5-7:30 pm at MSMU Doheny Campus (10 Chester Pl, LA). to help collect information on the influential women of Los Angeles. Food will be provided.

You can register here.


Caroline Menjivar
David Bohnett Fellow, Gender Equity
Mayor's Office of Budget and Innovation
M.S.W. Candidate, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, 2018
Mobile : 818-967-1729

Monday, March 19, 2018

Here are five ways women who are running to shake up the status quo can deliver a rousing call for change

1. Tell them why.
Clearly state why you are running to demonstrate the skin you have in this election. As an abuse survivor, Winfrey is a credible standard bearer for the #MeToo movement’s call for safety and equality.
When you share why you care it helps the audience understand that your candidacy is not a career move, but a stride towards change. Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who is wife and daughter to formerly incarcerated Black men says her reasons for serving are different from the older, white incumbent Congressman she’s challenging. Pressley describes her candidacy as an intentional force to dismantle barriers and provide opportunity for everyone.
Women run for office to do something, rather than to be something. This commitment is a powerful credential for voters aching for diverse leaders who offer a new direction.
2. Show credentials.
Women candidates are redefining what it means to be qualified. They are reevaluating how they view their life experiences as moms, daughters, sisters and partners. And, they are saying I can do the job.
In a remarkable ad, Sol Flores tells how she overcame sexual abuse to show her readiness to fight for others. Flores pledges to fight as hard in Congress as she did to protect her 11-year old self from the man who preyed on her. It is a powerful story because Flores has carefully thought out how she describes the ordeal and speaks from a place of strength.
By touting life experience as an advantage, women can reassure voters their personal lives won’t interfere with working on their behalf. Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder said, “I have a brain and a uterus and I use them both.” Case in point, newly elected Virginia state legislator Kathy Tran who knocked on doors with infant daughter Elise in tow and brought her along for the swearing in ceremony. And, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth an Iraqi war veteran who announced she is pregnant and will be the first sitting senator to give birth in office. These leaders are serving so they can deliver maternity care, paid family leave, and safe schools.
3. Make a value connection.
Personal stories reflect the values many voters long to have affirmed. Winfrey told us about Recy Taylor who was gang raped by six armed, white men who left her to die on the side of a road. No one was ever prosecuted for the crime in Jim Crow Alabama. Winfrey asked us to respect Taylor and care about justice for all who’ve endured abuse.
A strong statement of belief is more compelling than data. Numbers add support to an argument but alone won’t move people. It is difficult for political opponents to convincingly sway others by attacking someone’s core beliefs. Plus, a value statement is a good defense against fake news.
Pennsylvania doesn’t have a single woman in its Congressional delegation and Chrissy Houlahan is running to be a new voice. The Air Force veteran is the mother of a lesbian and the daughter of an immigrant who could not stand by and watch the current administration disparage members of her family. While it’s possible to disagree with Houlahan on an issue such as the deportation of Dreamers, it’s harder to argue against the value she places on protecting families.
4. Write it out and practice.
Winfrey spoke forcefully without the aid of a prompter. In a deceivingly effortless manner, she: (1) thanked the people who inspired her, (2) commended the Hollywood Foreign Press, (3) honored silence breakers, and (4) encouraged us to keep hope alive. The transcript of the speech is a model of organization and precision writing. Arrange content into chapters so you don’t leave out something important – acknowledge supporters, share accomplishments, lay out contrast with opponent, and ask for their vote.
Winfrey later said she worried about being cut off before finishing. Let a pen be your mighty warrior sword. Start by putting the stump on paper so it can be internalized. And, wordsmithed. Winfrey used specific details to add texture and create vivid images with lines like: “sitting on the linoleum floor” and “bone-tired from cleaning other people’s house.”
Don’t hesitate to use notes to prompt the flow and phrasing. A few notecards signal time was taken to prepare and they can serve as a security blanket if nervous.
5. Use vocal gravitas.
The power words were matched by Winfrey’s fierce bearing and the velocity of her sound. Listen to the variance in the pace as it accelerated to 165-words per minute when she thanked her supporters. Then slowed to a deliberate 100-word tempo: “But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.” The commanding cadence ensured her conviction rang loud and clear, “A new day is on the horizon.”
Many Americans are seeking the conviction women candidates offer. Even with all the women currently running they make up less than a quarter of all likely Congressional candidates. Breaking through a field crowded with white, male voices requires a speech that resonates with people who are disgusted with the way things are being run.
With practice and learning it is possible to be heard and have an Oprah moment.
Speech coach Christine K. Jahnke is the author of The Well-Spoken Woman.


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