Friday's Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon was an inspiring and record-setting event, surpassing our fundraising goals and setting an all-time attendance high of over 700 people!
Attendees heard the inspiring words of young poets Get Lit: Words Ignite, learned the powerful stories behind our honorees, Kabira Stokes and Masters of Sex, and witnessed former LAANE intern Julia Gould speak about her transformative experience in the Beth & Julia Meltzer Internship Program.
Make sure to check out photos from the event below, and THANK YOU for supporting the LAANE Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon.
The Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon honors outstanding women and their work to improve the lives of all Angelenos by creating good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment.
In 2011, Kabira founded Isidore Electronics Recycling; an e-waste recycling social enterprise that is training and employing people with severe barriers to work, specifically the formerly incarcerated. She holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California with a focus in Prison Reentry Policy and Environmental Governance. She has consulted for the non-profit Green For All; worked for the City of Los Angeles as Senior Field Deputy for then-City Council President Eric Garcetti, and was the co-founder and vice-president of the non-profit Young Progressive Majority (YPM) of Los Angeles. In 2014, Kabira was named a 50 Under 40 Social Entrepreneur by the AMEX Foundation, and in 2013 was named a Social Innovation Rockstar by Yoxi.
Masters of Sex
Starring Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, “Masters of Sex” explores the research and the relationship of two pioneering researchers of human sexuality working at Washington University in St. Louis in the 1950s and early 1960s. Spearheaded by Executive Producers Sarah Timberman (along with her partner, Carl Beverly) and Michelle Ashford, who assembled a majority-female writing staff, the series was honored, along with five others, with the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series. The show will air its third season this summer.
Get Lit – Words Ignite is a nationally recognized organization formed to reach at-risk teens, stem dropout rates, and spark dramatically increased literacy among youth in Los Angeles. Fusing the power of classic poetry with the spoken word movement, Get Lit reaches over 20,000 at-risk teens each year who transform their lives, families, and communities through art and social activism.
Zariya, Belissa & Rhiannon attend the LA County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). They have performed among esteemed activists and celebrities including Dr. Cornel West, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Maria Shriver, as well as socially conscious music icons like Queen Latifah & John Legend. Their poem “Somewhere in America” is one of the most watched spoken word performances ever, with over 5 million views on YouTube and counting.
In the words of Zariya, “Poetry is something very important for many reasons, but mostly because, as humans, we all harbor the innate desire to be desired, to be wanted and to matter– but we are also filled with a fear that makes us too afraid to admit that. It shouldn’t be so hard to admit that.”
For more videos and information, please visit www.getlit.org
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL does not try to romanticize the early movement, but dramatizes it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory. The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY captures the spirit of the time — thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.
That story still resonates today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, as the film shows present-day activists creating their generation’s own version of feminism. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is a film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights.
For more videos and information, please visit www.shesbeautifulwhenshesangry.com