November 2010

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YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley celebrates 105 years of serving the community!

Celebrating a Committment to Racial Justice
October 18th was the 8th Women for Racial Justice Breakfast

Left to Right: Jalal Sudan, Altadena NAACP; Johari DeWitt-Rogers, Breakfast Committee Member; Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Keynote Speaker and Tamika Farr, YWCA Executive Director
Photo provided by Lynne Eodice/AltaMedia Group

On October 18, 2010 more than 500 community leaders, including elected officials from Altadena, Pasadena and our state Senate and Assembly, celebrated the YWCA’s 8th annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast honoring Anthony Stewart, commonly known as Tony with the 2010 Racial Justice Award. Also in attendance were large numbers of community leaders, YWCA “Just for Girls” program participants, and representatives from charitable, non-profit organizations and businesses.

Tony Stewart, this year’s 2010 Racial Justice Award Winner, has been a key figure in the elimination of racism beginning with her work to integrate the Pine Bluff library in Arkansas in 1927 to chartering the Altadena NAACP chapter in 1984 and founding the Black Coalition on Education, which was responsible for creating diversity in leadership. Najeeba Syeed-Miller, an international leader in conflict resolution in inter-ethnic, violent and multi-faith conflicts was the keynote speaker. KNBC reporter Beverly White was emcee. 

The event, produced by the volunteers of the YWCA’s Women for Racial Justice Breakfast Committee, was chaired by Molly Munger and co-chaired by Angela Myers-Rackleff and Abby Lloyd Sabin. The event also kicked off the YWCA Week without Violence. YWCA Executive Director, Tamika Farr shares, “This event exemplifies the heart of the YWCA. Both Tony and Najeeba are strong and powerful voices for change and we are so thankful to not only have them as a part of our event this morning, but have them as partners in our continuous work  towards the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women.”

First held in 2002, the event calls on all in the community to reinvigorate their efforts to recognize and take action against the many forms of racism that still exist in our day to day lives. Chairwoman Molly Munger told the audience, “Our focus is to embrace our diversity, to enjoy each other’s similarities and differences. . . .and to live the words in the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Racial Justice Pledge.” The Pledge, which Breakfast guests read together, calls on each individual to discourage prejudice at every opportunity and to treat all people with dignity and respect.

Corporate sponsors for the event were Kaiser Permanente and Wells Fargo as Bridge-Builder Sponsors; Avery Dennison, Cabrera Capital Markets, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Molly Munger, PCL Construction Services, Inc., and US Bank as Ambassador Sponsors. 

Photo Courtesy of June Korea Photgraphy (


YWCA “Just For Girls”
2010 Holiday Party
Wish List

The YWCA's annual Holiday Party for our program participants is coming up!  In order to make the party a success we need your help.   Our wish is to provide each girl a gift card to one of her favorite places.  This is a real treat for most of our girls whose families struggle during the holidays.

In addition, we provide a catered meal for the girls.  Any support towards this meal would be much appreciated.

Gift Cards ($25)

AMC Movie Theaters
Cold Stone’s
Baskin Robinson
In & Out 
Ice Skating
Barnes and Noble
Best Buy

Forever 21
H&M Clothing Store
Jamba Juice

Michael’s Craft Store
Old Navy
Pacific Movie Theaters

  • Bath and Body Works- Shower gel/Lotion/Spray combo
  • Victoria Secrets-Shower gel/Lotion/Spray combo
  • Catered Food for 30
  • Desserts
  • Arts & Crafts for 30

Thank you for any help you can provide! 


Are you passionate about race and gender equity?  Consider joining the YWCA team.

We are looking for a Director of Programs  
Click here for Job Description.


  YWCA honors Phyllis Currie as a
Woman of Excellence

Phyllis Currie
General Manager for Pasadena Water & Power 

Since April of 2001, the utility has been under Currie's leadership.  During that time, the utility has constructed two new electric generation units (90 megawatts) at the city-owned power plant, embarked on multi-year infrastructure improvement programs to upgrade the city’s water and electrical distribution systems and is building a water treatment plant to clean up ground water contamination. Most recently in 2009, Currie developed an energy resource plan, which sets aggressive targets for greenhouse gas reduction and increasing renewable resources; and water conservation plans aimed at preserving and encouraging efficient use of dwindling water resources.

Currie’s leadership in her field and her pursuit of aggressive conservation goals make her a formidable example of the type of empowered, influential and responsible woman we are modeling for the young girls and women in our community.

When: Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Where: La Casita de Arroyo Clubhouse,
177 South Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
Cost: $35 includes wine and cheese, $45 at the door
Purchase Tickets: Call Ashley Phillips at 626-296-8433 or online at 

Write checks to: YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley
Mail checks to: YWCA, 1200 North Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91103

sponsored by:


Get Up and Moving
Wednesday, Nov. 3, around the Rose Bowl with Mayor Bill Bogaard and the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley!


Promoting Non-Violence
and Education

With the participation of 19 different community organizations the YWCA’s 2010 Week Without Violence engaged more than 700 Pasadena community members in activities promoting non-violence and violence prevention. The activities exposed participants to the many organizations that work year-round to address all forms of violence.

The week began on Monday, October 18, with the Women for Racial Justice Breakfast and included events throughout the week such as a cyber-bullying workshop provided by the Pasadena Police Department and self-defense classes given by Peace Over Violence.  

Introduced by the YWCA in 1995, this October week of activities is an educational campaign that showcases and activates practical and sustainable ways to combat violence on our streets, in our homes, in our schools, and in our workplaces. Its goal is to provide continuing awareness of the many opportunities to take direct action.   

Thank you to our Community Partners:

Casey Family Programs, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, DayOne, Flintridge Center, Grace Center, Institute for Girl’s Development, Jackie Robinson Center, Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women, Pasadena Unified School District, Peace Over Violence, Senator Carol Liu, Shepherd’s Door, Western Justice Center and Zonta

A special thank you to our
2010 President's Circle Donors

Judy Brown
Margaret Leong Checca
Michael Checca
Mike Enomoto
Edith Grady
Concepcion Holguin
Susan Kinney
Barbara Madden
Toby Osos
Lupe Perez
Alison Kate Quan
Theodore Quan
Anne Schimmel
Paula Stamp
Carmen Vargas
Marge Wyatt
Margaret York 


Donate Online TODAY!

Your contribution allows us to continue to offer our community:

  • Just For Girls enrichment and development program for the school-aged young women of Pasadena
  • Racial Justice work in our community
  • Community Building efforts through public dialogue and our program initiatives
  • Ensuring that women from all walks of life have a voice in our city, region and nation

Your generosity ensures that we cultivate the next entrepreneur, the next engineer, the next scientist or the next U.S. Speaker of the House!


Contact Us To Be Involved

Contact our Executive Director, Tamika Farr, or any of the  links below to find out how to be involved.

  • Volunteer. We are always recruiting women and girls to join a committee or to volunteer in the office. Contact the Program Office.
  • Make a gift of stock, real estate or money. Contact the Development Office.
  • Join the Racial Justice Committee.
    Be a part of the conversation.
    Sandra Davis Houston, Chair.
  • Contribute a brief article to our blog, "What's the Difference?"
    Ashley Phillips, Community Outreach Coordinator.

Support the "End Racial Profiling Act"
HR 5748 (ERPA)

Racial and religious profiling affects people in every area of their life – in their cars, on sidewalks and highways, in the airport, at work, at places of worship, in their homes and at the border. Racial profiling is a long discredited law enforcement technique that has proven to be ineffective. It alienates targeted communities, making them less likely to report crimes when victimized or to cooperate with the police when they witness crimes. It also distracts law enforcement from focusing on actual evidence or criminal behavior and allows them to identify suspects based only on appearance.

The End Racial Profiling Act would:

• Prohibit the use of profiling based on race, religion, ethnicity or national origin;

• Institute policies and programs to eliminate racial profiling in local, state and federal law enforcement including a general prohibition on the practice; training for law enforcement agents; and data collection and monitoring;

• Create a private right of action for victims of profiling;

• Allow the Attorney General to provide grants to law enforcement agencies to encourage the development and implementation of best policing practices; and

• Mandate that the Attorney General submit periodic reports to Congress on any ongoing discriminatory policing practices by federal, state and local law enforcement.


  • Urge Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena) to become a co-sponsor of The End Racial Profiling Act of 2010   (626) 304-2727 or in Washington DC at (202) 225-4176 . Also under contact information at  

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