NCJW|LA with Justice Organizations Lead Rally to Protect Reproduction Rights

The constant call of 2017 has been rally, take action. Michelle Obama told us during her last official White House speech, “Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be empowered.”

On the eve of the inauguration, National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles (NCJW|LA) and reproductive health and justice organizations will do just that by leading a Rally to Save Roe. They will demonstrate the commitment to uphold the right to abortion established 44 years ago in the historic 1973 Supreme Court Case, Roe vs. Wade.

The event brings together notable speakers and inspiring performances. After the powerful rally, the community of organizations will provide advocacy training to give attendees practical tools to put beliefs into action in their community. Additionally, there will be opportunities and supplies for the public to make signs in preparation for the March for Women in LA on January 21.

Confirmed speakers:

  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
  • Juana Rosa Cavero, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom
  • Councilmember Lindsey Horvath
  • Hector Villagra, ACLU of Southern California
  • Hillary Selvin, National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles
  • Remy Holwick
  • Marcie Smolin (MC)

Join NCJW|LA 25+ co-sponsoring organizations as they Rally to Save Roe, a rally, and training to defend women’s reproductive rights in America. The rally will begin at 5:30 PM and will be on Fairfax Ave. between Clinton St. and Rosewood Ave.

These are some of our confirmed sponsors.

  • National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (host)
  • ACLU of Southern California
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
  • Black Women for Wellness (BWW)
  • California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF)
  • California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ)
  • California NOW
  • California Women’s Law Center (CWLC)
  • 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 County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
  • NARAL Pro-Choice California
  • National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
  • Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA)
  • Planned Parenthood Young Professionals (PPYP)
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC/URJ)
  • Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)
  • San Gabriel Valley NOW
  • Temple Israel of Hollywood
  • Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
  • Together We Will Los Angeles (TWWLA)
  • Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP)

For more information check out the Facebook event at:







Protest of Closing of the Domestic Violence Court in West Covina

For Immediate Release
Contact: Darby Mangen (626) 918-0492, cell (626) 893-1275

San Gabriel Valley NOW and the East Los Angeles College Feminist Club will protest Friday against the arbitrary closing down of the Domestic Violence Court in West Covina.

The protest will be at 12:45 p.m. at the Citrus Courthouse, 1427 West Covina Pkwy, West Covina, 91790 along with a Punch and Judy show at 1:15, demonstrating what the decision will do to families.

The Domestic Violence Court, which was housed in both the West Covina and Rio Hondo courthouses, was a one-room courthouse providing all services to families in crisis from one judge, one prosecutor and one public defender. Its function was similar to the more recent drug courts, but for domestic violence offenders.

The court was a model for handling domestic violence and had won awards and much praise from community groups and office-holders because it insured that all court officers involved were highly experienced.

In dismantling the court, Judge Scott Gordon gave “judicial burn-out” as the reason.

Michelle Geil, President of the SGV chapter of NOW, said “Rotating the judges for a period of time, perhaps two years or two months, would keep the Model Court running. This change seems to be throwing the baby out with the bath water.”

The court will now disperse domestic violence cases throughout the court load, like any other crime.

The last time the court was threatened, in 1999, Supervisor Michael Antonovich wrote in a resolution, “Domestic violence is a complex social problem that affects each individual in society, either directly or indirectly. These costs are eventually passed on to the taxpayer…”

After the previous closing, the Model DV Court was re-opened in 2000.

For the last 15 years the Model DV Court has ensured experienced judges and attorneys, protection for victims and their children, treatment for abusers, reduction of recidivism and a saving for the state of millions of dollars.

“The lives of the victims are more important than the comfort of the judges,” said Darby Mangen, chapter president emeritus, who has been involved with the Model Court since its inception.