City and Pro-Choice Organizations Stand Together on National Day of Action to #StopTheBans and to Support Reproductive Freedom and a Woman’s Right to Choose
The City Council of the City of West Hollywood, at its regular meeting on Monday, May 20, 2019, unanimously approved a Resolution to denounce anti-choice legislation in Georgia and other states, such as Alabama. Across the nation in recent weeks, votes in state legislatures have taken aim at reproductive freedom. With approval of this Resolution, West Hollywood has now become the first city in the nation to enact financial sanctions and take action against states that have passed extreme anti-choice legislation. In 1993, the City of West Hollywood became the nation’s first declared pro-choice city.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, as national, state, and local organizations joined together across the country in a National Day of Action to #StopTheBans, the City of West Hollywood collaborated with local organizations for a news conference and rally at 10 a.m. at West Hollywood City Hall in its Community Plaza.
The City of West Hollywood’s Mayor Pro Tempore Lindsey P. Horvath and Councilmember Lauren Meister were joined by representatives from one dozen reproductive and women’s rights organizations in speaking out for a woman’s right to choose and against the assault on access to women’s health, reproductive care, and abortion services. A ‘Facebook Live’ re-play of the media event is available for streaming at http://bit.ly/stopthebansweho. Photos from the event are available on the City’s Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/weho/sets/72157691555602033.
Additional news conference participants included (in order of appearance): John M. Erickson, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund; Cindi Duran, Patient Advocate, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund; Karen Eyres, Vice President, Hollywood NOW / Member, City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board; Nourbese Flint, Program Manager, Black Women for Wellness; Juana Rosa Cavero, Executive Director, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom; Carmen Estrada-Schaye, Vice President of Diversity, National Women’s Political Caucus; Barbi S. Appelquist, National Women’s Political Caucus, LA Westside; Marjorie Gilberg, CEO, National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles; Carmen Linero-Lopez & Emily Escobar, National Campus Organizers, Feminist Majority Foundation; Jane Wishon, Political Vice President, Stonewall Democratic Club Los Angeles; and Samuel Garrett-Pate, Communications Director, Equality California.
Embracing a #RESIST theme, the news conference and rally included a limited number of giveaway lawn/window signs by Shepard Fairey, who is a street artist, graphic designer, activist, and illustrator who has created art installations in the City of West Hollywood. The signs read: “In the City of West Hollywood Love is Love, Everyone is Welcome, We Respect and Support People — #Resist” with a link to information on the City’s website at www.weho.org/resist.
The City of West Hollywood is like no other city in the world. Located in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles, the city was incorporated in 1984 by a unique collaboration of people including LGBT activists, seniors, and advocates for affordable housing. At only 1.9 square miles, West Hollywood is a robust economic and cultural center instilled with idealism, creativity, and innovation. A spirit of community activism and civic pride thrives in West Hollywood for many of its approximately 35,000 residents and the city has a strong progressive political voice.
The City of West Hollywood supports women and fights for equal rights. The City has continually supported state and federal legislation protecting and advancing women’s reproductive rights and access to healthcare and the City has a strong record of supporting initiatives that call for equal pay for equal work. The City also has a Women’s Advisory Board, which is involved in a myriad of programming and events that recognize and support women in the community.For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s efforts, please call West Hollywood City Council offices at (323) 848-6460. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.