We invite you to stand up against the growing assault on abortion access affecting people across the nation!
Unite with us on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 5 pm, for ROEAT49: Courageous Conversations on Abortion. This virtual convening will kick off an evening filled with open, honest, and meaningful conversations surrounding self-managed abortion medication—and our goal to uplift rather than restrict reproductive freedom.
This year, attendees will have the opportunity to host intimate, courageous conversations on abortion by hosting an in-person or virtual discussion with friends, family, and community.
To host a conversation, please complete our in-person OR virtual hosting registration form below:
Virtual Host Form | In-Person Host Form
Attendees who would like to attend ROEAT49 but cannot host a conversation can join us for our virtual opening session and keynote address at the event's start. To get faster updates, please email Nabila or Advocacy.
Join us for an informative, 20-minute discussion on Dec 8th at 4:00 pm.
As similar programs begin to sprout throughout the nation, we want to offer our most valuable supporters, you, expert insight into the topic of Guaranteed Income and the impact local programs are making on our most vulnerable communities. So join us to learn more about NCJW|LA's Guaranteed Income Program, get your questions answered during the Q&A, and discover why your continued support matters.
When: Wed, Dec 8, 2021, from 4:00 pm – 4:20 pm
We're staying active in December!
NCJW|LA is an open and safe place; we encourage, welcome, and celebrate diversity and inclusivity at all of our meetings and events. Join us for these upcoming Advocacy Events:
Justice on the Brink: Join the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law for a behind-the-scenes look at the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the rise of Amy Coney Barrett.
Advocacy Working Group: We've added a December meeting to the schedule! Join us for one last meeting before the new year! Register and learn what we have in store for 2022.
Maria J. Vazquez -- a Los Angeles local, dedicated to giving back to her community.
What drew you to NCJW|LA initially? After I graduated from college, I enrolled to become an AmeriCorps VISTA. It opened my eyes to the world of non-profits, and I fell in love with the work. All my previous experience in non-profits had been working with various communities in the San Fernando Valley. Since I grew up in Koreatown, my dream was to work with people from and around my neighborhood. So, when I saw the position open at NCJW|LA and how close it was to my area, I knew it was the opportunity I had been waiting for to give back to my community.
Tell me about the work you do for NCJW|LA: As the Critical Response Programs Coordinator, I oversee NCJW|LA's Rental Assistance Programs for West Hollywood and Los Angeles, helping pay rent for tenants experiencing unexpected financial struggles. In addition, I run the organization's emergency-based programs, including the Disaster Response Program for families impacted by natural disasters in the Los Angeles area and the emergency COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, which assisted over 500 Angeleno households throughout the worst of the pandemic.
Lastly, I also coordinate The Council Shop Clothing Voucher Program, which will relaunch in December. This vital program is a partnership between NCJW|LA and over twenty organizations located throughout Los Angeles County. NCJW|LA supplies these partners with "voucher" gift cards that they distribute to their clients to use as money at any one of our local The Council Shop locations. With the holidays coming up, it brings me so much joy to know that individuals and families can use our gift cards at our stores to buy the items they need year-round. Through these partnerships, we can reach more women, children, and families who need clothing assistance.
What do you do when you aren't working? Being a native Angeleno, I love taking advantage of our beautiful mountains and going out on hikes whenever the opportunity comes up. Whether I am out with my mom, dogs, or friends, I believe nothing is more important than going out and being part of the community. I enjoy walking around Koreatown and supporting small restaurants and businesses.
I look forward to continuing to support the neighborhoods that shaped the person I am today.
Visit the Critical Response Program page to learn more about these vital services and ways to support them.
This holiday season, consider donating to support one of NCJW|LA's essential programs that are helping to improve the circumstances of low-income and marginalized communities throughout Los Angeles—looking to send a meaningful gift? Consider making a tribute!