Women for a New Los Angeles is back! On May 7, join us for a virtual reception and an inspiring program on the Remo platform, honoring the intrepid work of 2021 honorees Catherine Coleman Flowers and Councilmember Nury Martinez. RSVP by April 16 to save your spot:
Founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ), Flowers has spent her career advocating for equal access to clean water, air, sanitation, and soil in marginalized rural communities in order to reduce health and economic disparities in marginalized rural communities. In addition, she serves as Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), is a Senior Fellow for the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Climate Reality Project and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Flowers uses her lens of leadership in environmental justice and climate change advocacy to inspire attendees with her innovation and experience.
As the author of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, Flowers shares her inspiring story of advocacy, from childhood to environmental justice champion. She discusses sanitation and its correlation with systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudice that affects people across the United States.
In January 2020, Martinez became the first Latina City Council President in the City Council’s 170-year history. When elected to the City Council in 2013, Martinez was the only female elected official in the City of Los Angeles.
Today, Martinez champions families first and women’s rights issues. To encourage more young women to enter public service and become the next generation of leaders, Martinez created the “Ready for Women” Fellowship program. She is also leading a policy initiative to increase paid parental leave in the City of Los Angeles to end archaic laws that punish women for having children, and so that mothers, and all parents, can properly care for and bond with their new-born infants without fear of losing their salaries or jobs.
As the former Chair of the City’s Environmental, Climate Change & Environmental Justice Committee, Martinez has led the committee and City Council in implementing progressive, sustainable environmental standards that make Los Angeles a national standard-bearer. Martinez also utilizes her skills as the former Executive Director of Pacoima Beautiful to push for environmental justice policies that focus on low-income communities of color severely impacted by bad environmental planning.
Bespoke by Mel is a woman owned small business based in Los Angeles and run by Mel herself. Mel is an immigrant who came to this country in search of a better life. Jewelry has always been her passion from a young age. In recent years, she started her own line of timeless pieces that are hypoallergenic, non-tarnishing, and always using only high-end 14 karat gold-filled materials manufactured in the USA.
Each Bespoke by Mel piece is created and assembled by hand. Mel’s eye for detail and design, along with her use of freshwater pearls and semi precious stones, make her pieces a go-to for luxurious yet affordable and lasting jewelry.
To receive by Mother’s Day: Place your order by Saturday, May 1st at noon.
Herbalaria is an Ancestral roots family company connecting community to Indigenous traditions through the art of Filipino healing & herbalism.
Propagating awareness of Indigenous medicines and traditions is a key step to healing the relationship between people, the environment, and all the inhabitants of Mother Earth. This perspective is rooted in our ancient Filipino pre-colonial belief system of Animism: the interconnected relationship of self to all beings, Ancestors, the elements, and the cosmos. Our mission is to make Filipino Ancestral healing methods accessible for the wellness of all. We stand in support for causes devoted to conservation and cultural preservation.
To receive by Mother’s Day: Place your order by Friday, April 30.
La Charcuterie Chica specializes in hand-crafted cheese and charcuterie boards that are both visually stunning and delicious. Yvonne Sandoval, founder of La Charcuterie Chica, has made it her mission to bring people together by sharing good, quality food through a unique and memorable experience at an affordable price. Every order begins with high quality, fresh ingredients. The wide variety of decadent cheeses, meats, fruits and nuts, combined with jams, honeys, herbs and flowers are then elegantly and creatively presented to create the signature La Charcuterie Chica look.
To receive by Mother’s Day: Orders can be picked up or delivered locally – contact for further details. Orders cannot be shipped.
Los Angeles County Store is the only online gift shop dedicated exclusively to fine goods made in Los Angeles. From artisanal food to small housewares, apothecary to prints and stationery, it is a thoughtfully curated collection of beautifully crafted wares from across the county.
Specializing in gifts and gift boxes – both pre-selected and custom-made – Los Angeles County Store is a great place to get a housewarming or baby gift, a unique souvenir of the City of Angels, or something for that hard-to-shop-for someone.
To receive by Mother’s Day: Place your order by Friday, April 30.
Virauful brings together the power of vibrancy and art to create pieces that will complement your style. For days when you want to slay with grace, Virauful has a piece. For days when you need a boost of color to uplift your soul, Virauful has a piece. For days when you need to wind down and journey into minimalism, we’ve got that, too.
Virauful started out as a creative personal project in 2020 and is now a small Latina-owned business that is organically thriving, one share at a time. Inspired by everyday life, powered by grit.
To receive by Mother’s Day: Place your order by Saturday, May 1.
LAANE has offered internships as part of college study or as summer placements. Both undergraduate and graduate students have benefited from their time with LAANE, and many have gone on to permanent jobs with LAANE or similar activist organizations. LAANE offers training in community organizing, research and communications.
In 2012, LAANE established the Beth and Julia Meltzer Internship Program. With the annual support of private donors, LAANE now works to offer expanded internship training opportunities to young people to help jump-start their careers as social justice advocates. LAANE’s internship program has now become a centerpiece of the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon.