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September 2012

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National Hispanic Media Coalition
2012 Racial Justice Award Recipient

Lisa Stevens
Wells Fargo

Dolores Huerta
President of Dolores
Huerta Foundation
Keynote Speaker



Monday, October 15, 2012
7:30am - 9:30am
Hilton Pasadena Hotel

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please call (626) 296-8433 or visit


Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act
We still need YOUR help! Here are some action items you can do to get the word out about the importance of the reauthorization of VAWA

Legislators from DC were home for the month of August and are now returning to their offices. NOW is an ideal time to go calling on them, or at least to mail them a letter or hand deliver it.  What to say? Below you will find some startling statistics that you should include in your letter or phone discussion with state legislators. As you may recall, Congress adjourned without passing the reauthorization, which affects many of our YWCAs with rape crisis and domestic violence programs. 

We believe violence against women is a national crisis that affects every American because:

  • One in four women is a victim of domestic violence.
  • 3 women are murdered by their abusers every day.
  • Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence, which increases their risk for behavioral and health problems and of becoming abusers or victims themselves.
  • Nationwide, 1.3 million women are sexually assaulted each year. 

The overarching Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), signed into law in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, has made a difference:

  • States have passed more than 600 laws to combat domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and all states have passed laws making stalking a crime.
  • The number of women killed by an intimate partner has decreased by 34%
  • A recent survey reported that domestic violence programs across the country provided services to 70,648 victims, answered 23,522 hotline calls, and educated 30,134 professionals and community members in prevention and education trainings on that one day.
  • VAWA funded programs saved $12.6 billion in the act’s first six years alone, according to a 2003 report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

2012/2013 Programs Begin this Month!
Join the YWCA for an all new fitness class for youth and adults, and don't forget to enroll your daughters in TECHGyrls and Just For Girls

Adult Computer Class: A *FREE* six-week computer course that provides adults with various computer skills, which include: Microsoft Office, job searching, and internet browsing. Adult computer classes are taught every Wednesday from 12pm-1pm (Spanish) and 1pm-2pm (English). Call to register TODAY!

ENCOREplus: Provides mammograms to local women, between the ages of 40 and 55 years old, with limited or no healthcare access. To schedule an appointment, call Planned Parenthood Pasadena at 626.798.0706 and mention the YWCA.

Just For Girls (JFG): A *FREE* after-school program that empowers girls to make good choices and develop positive goals to achieve success in education and employment. Classes will be offered Monday - Friday at various school locations, including the YWCA center. Contact the programming department for more information.

TECHGyrls: Provides girls with *FREE* technology education in a supportive, all-girl environment where girls feel comfortable taking risks and opening up to new learning opportunities. TECHGyrls curriculum includes: Microsoft Office Suite, budgeting, and creating a business plan. Offered at the YWCA every Monday (middle school) and Wednesday (high school) from 3:30pm - 5:30pm.

YWCA Fun & Fit: Get ready to be transformed! As you dance, climb and sprint your way through our classes, you'll increase endurance, up your energy, burn major calories and jump-start your way to a better body with our non-stop workouts. We'll challenge you to push past your limits and help you look and feel better than ever! *NEW program! YWCA Fun & Fit will be offered every Tuesday at the YWCA center from 6pm - 7pm. Fee based program: $7/class or $20/month.


Why is voting important?

  • Voting determines the direction of the country on issues important to women and families, such as health, education, violence against women, child care, jobs and reproductive choice.
  • Voting affects the lives of the YWCA’s main constituents – women and people of color.
  • Voting will affect the next Supreme Court replacements
  • Each vote makes a difference.  In the past a handful of votes per precinct changed the course of the election.

Who votes?

  • The population of voting age citizens in 2008 was 206 million; however only 71% reported they had registered to vote.
  • Women outnumbered men in voting: 66%- women; 62%-men. 
  • Young women between ages 18-29 numbered 22 million of those eligible to vote.  However, those 18 to 24 had the lowest voting rate:  49%
  • Voter turnout by race in the 2008 election:  Caucasian- 66%, African-American- 65%, Asian- American- 49%, Latino- 49%.

How to vote:

  • New voters must be at least 18 by voting day, be a US citizen, be a resident of your state, have no felony convictions and not be judged mentally incompetent.
  • New voters can get a registration form.  It’s easy.  To get one on-line for your state visit or or go to a library, post office, or government office and pick one up.
  • New voters must register by early-October (Oct. 22 in CA; Oct. 8 in HI and AZ.; Oct.9 in NM and TX).\
  • Study the issues before you vote.  You can read about them in the ballot pamphlets or you can find them also on
  • Vote on election day!  -- November  6, 2012 – at your local polling place or request a mail-in ballot.  Make sure you have a voter ID if that is required in your state.

Many Thanks!

Association Ambassadors
Margaret Leong Checca
Barbara and John Madden
Paula Stamp

President's Circle
Judy Brown
Sharon Girdner
Carolyn and Lorraine Hancock
Nancy McIntyre
Peggy Phelps
Diane Quan
Anne Schimmel
Margaret Sedenquist
Marge Wyatt

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 entrepreneurs, 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 Mission Committee. Be a part of the conversation. Contact Diane Quan, Chair.
  • Join any one of our committees providing administrative structure: Finance Committee, Development Committee, and Nominating Committee. Contact Tamika Farr, Executive Director.

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