I have a long-standing personal commitment to the NationalOrganization for Women
. I am a long standing member of NOW, and have been adonor to both its national and state Foundation. In addition, I have participated in
several of NOW’s advocacy campaigns
(working with Lindsay Horvath, for instance, inHollywood; with Patty Bellasalma and others at the state level; and with Kim Gandy at the national level).3.
I have a record of meaningful accomplishments on behalf of women andgirls
, the highlights of which I include at the end of this letter, which demonstrate mywillingness to lead on issues of import to women and girls.4.
I have an unparalleled track record of
leadership on NOW’s multi
in comparison to other candidates seeking to lead Los Angeles asits Mayor. I authored the City Council resolution opposing unilateral war in Iraq at atime when 70% of the country was in favor of that war. I wrote the legislation that implemented the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women(CEDAW)
see LA City Council File 00-0398-S2. More recently, while other candidatesremained silent, I immediately voiced my opposition to the privatization of pensions inLA, when former Mayor Riordan sought to place this issue in front of the voters of LA. Ihave worked to improve women
in the workforce and to protect low-wageworkers from workplace abuses by supporting legal actions against Wal-Mart and otheremployers who bring anti-worker agendas to the workplace. I authored the nation'stoughest anti-sweatshop ordinance and the nation's largest anti-superstore ordinanceand the legislation that extended the Equal Benefit Ordinance to cover same-sexpartners of employees in companies doing business with the port, airport andDepartment of Water and Power.
I performed LA’s first legal same sex marriage (as
well more than 18
others after that). My focus on NOW’s multi
-issue progressiveagenda extends to a considerable legislative focus on environmental issues as well, andto the important problem of ensuring the families can afford to live in Los Angeles. I
authored the nation’s largest green building ordinance; I authored the nation’s largest
clean water initiative of its kind
; and I authored the nation’s largest solar initiative of i
Where affordable housing and tenants’ rights are concerned,
I authored the
nation’s largest housing trust fund legislation, and I authored the nation’s first tenant
I bring an unequaled record on immigrant rights issues to this race.
Mygrandfather was a dreamer who came to this country from Mexico and was only able tobecome a citizen more than 30 years after arriving as a result of his service in WWII. Ifight for dreamers and for immigrant rights in general. In my twenties, I worked as astudent organizer against Prop 187
(see George Ramos’ column in
the LA Times about my efforts:
“Prop. 187 Protest Has Sympathizers an Ocean Away”)
. More recently, I was