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2017 Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon | May 12

2017 City of Justice Awards Dinner |  December 7

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THANK YOU for your supporting and attending the City of Justice Awards Dinner on December 8.

The evening included many highlights:

  • Keynote Dorian Warren called LAANE our nation’s “sanctuary progressive organization,” pointing out that while the challenge is great, “our capacity to overcome it is greater still.”
  • Executive Director Roxana Tynan electrified the room when she asked attendees to shout out their greatest fears and hopes in these trying times.
  • LAANE celebrated the tremendous achievements of Honoree Rick Icaza, who helped build and sustain L.A.’s middle class and opened the doors to Latinos and immigrants.
  • Honoree Kafi Blumenfield challenged us to come together and focus on common values as we strive to create a more inclusive world for everyone.
  • Honoree Peter Dreier reminded us that it is always darkest before the dawn and that Los Angeles is uniquely positioned at the forefront of progressive change.
  • Grammy nominee Sarah Jarosz opened the program with a stirring rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Ring Them Bells.”
  • Emcee Robinne Lee reflected on what America means to her as the child of immigrants.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with peace, activism and prosperity.

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The 2016 Honorees

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Kafi D. Blumenfield

Community Leader

Kafi D. Blumenfield has two decades of experience working to improve the well-being of underserved communities of promise. She helped establish Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a science education center in the San Fernando Valley dedicated to inspiring and educating young minds through engaging science based-programs and community-focused initiatives. From 2007 to 2013, she was the president and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation’s leading social change foundations.  Prior to joining Liberty Hill, she was deputy director of Neighbor to Neighbor, a national organization dedicated to grassroots political empowerment of working families. more…

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Ricardo F. Icaza

President
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770

Mr. Icaza is Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest UFCW Local Unions in the United States with 29,000 members. He became a member of the then-Retail Clerks Union Local 770 in 1956, and has served as President since 1981. In addition to his duties with Local 770, Mr. Icaza is the President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, and a Vice President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). He is also the founder of the Icaza Foundation, which for over 20 years has raised funds for charitable causes, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Homeboy Industries. Mr. Icaza is a founding member of the United Latinos of the UFCW. more…

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Peter Dreier

E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics &  Chair, Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College

Prior to joining the Occidental faculty in 1993, Peter was a newspaper reporter, community organizer, and senior deputy to Boston Mayor Ray Flynn.  He has written about politics, labor, and social justice movements for The Nation, American Prospect, Huffington Post, Dissent, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and he has also written five books, including The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City and The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. In 2016, Peter was named Pasadena’s Progressive of the Year for his leadership in the successful effort to increase Pasadena’s minimum wage. more…

LAANE’S TRACK RECORD

 

22
people positively impacted by the Los Angeles Living Wage ordinance
485
million in environmental improvements to communities surrounding LAX
5.5
people positively impacted by the Century Boulevard Hotel Living Wage ordinance
90
reduction in truck-related pollution at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's largest port
576
fewer premature deaths from pollution in neighborhoods surrounding the Port.
57
good local jobs generated by the Construction Careers campaign
50
lower energy bills for LADWP customers participating in RePower LA
500
apartment residents will receive recycling services thanks to Don't Waste LA

"By spearheading groundbreaking living wage policies to paradigm-shifting campaigns that simultaneously tackle poverty and climate change, LAANE has left an indelible mark in L.A. and well beyond."

− Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City

"The leadership of organizations like LAANE will be essential as we strive to reclaim the promise of this country."

− Sean Penn, Actor
 

"LAANE's success should serve as an example to the nation of how we can combat the seemingly intractable momentum of the low-wage economy. We need to be creative. We need to be smart. And we need to be relentless. LAANE is all of these -- and the country is better off for it."

− Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley

"LAANE has reinvented the proud tradition of progressive movement building to correct the economic inequalities of the 21st Century. "

− Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder, United Farm Workers