“RALLY TO SAVE ROE: Because Abortion is Your Choice, Not Theirs” a Success

As a member of the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles Advocacy Committee, I led the effort to organize the RALLY TO SAVE ROE: BECAUSE ABORTION IS YOUR CHOICE, NOT THEIRS! which took place on January 19, 2017 — the eve of the presidential inauguration.

The National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles (NCJW | LA) and 30+ co-sponsoring organizations hosted the Rally followed by an on the spot Advocacy Training to defend women’s reproductive rights in America. The training, kicking off a collaborative advocacy training series for NCJWLA and our community partners. In the face of an uncertain political climate, the Rally demonstrated our commitment to upholding the right to abortion that was established 44 years ago in the historic 1973 Supreme Court Case, Roe vs. Wade. The training gave participants the tools to take action. While the recent election has left many feeling hopeless when it comes to defending their rights, this training provided next steps for those who will not sit idly by and watch as those rights are endangered.

The list of featured speakers included:

* Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor
* Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Councilmember
* Lindsey Horvath, West Hollywood City Councilmember
* Juana Rosa Cavero, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, Executive Director
* Hector Villagra, ACLU of Southern California, Executive Director
* Hillary Selvin, National Council of Jewish Women, L.A., Executive Director
* Remy Holwick, Feminist Activist & F—k Rape Culture Co-founder
* Lonnell Schuler, Black Women for Wellness
* L. Scott Caldwell, Actress
* Jenna Brister, Actress & Comedian
* Hayley Terris, Comedian, Writer & Producer
& MC Abbe Land, Former Director of The Trevor Project

Hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles, co-sponsors included:

* National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (host)
* ACLU of Southern California
* Anti-Defamation League
* Black Women for Wellness (BWW)
* California Assemblymember Richard Bloom
* California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF)
* California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ)
* California NOW
* California Women’s Law Center
* City of West Hollywood
* City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board
* Congregation Kol Ami
* Feminist Majority Foundation
* Hollywood NOW
* L.A. for Choice
* Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
* Los Angeles Coalition for Reproductive Justice (LACRJ)
* Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
* Medical Students for Choice at UCLA
* NARAL Pro-Choice California
* National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
* Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
* Planned Parenthood Young Professionals
* Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC/URJ)
* Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)
* San Gabriel Valley-Whittier NOW
* Temple Israel of Hollywood
* Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
* Together We Will, Los Angeles
* Women’s Center for Creative Work
* Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP)

Listen to my Feminist Magazine Radio Magazine interview about the Rally to Save Roe with Sandra Fluke and Laura Jimenez HERE!

Read Living Out Loud’s coverage HERE!

L.A. Progressive’s coverage HERE! (Article written by Rosalind Helfand.)

Fox LA’s TV news coverage is viewable HERE.