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  • Book Club "Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work" Discussion January 14
    We will read and discuss the book Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work by Melissa Gira Grant. This book argues for an overhaul in the dominant thinking about the work and rights of another group of women who are commonly considered to be in need of rescue: sex workers. The book is available in print and e- formats (and it is a brisk read, at 136 pages). For more information or to RSVP please contact Patricia Billings at her Women's Rights Committee Book Club email readwomensrights@gmail.com.
    December 15, 2014
  • Book Club "Do Muslim Women Need Saving?" Discussion Group February 18th
    We will read and discuss the book "Do Muslim Women Need Saving?" by Lila Abu-Lughod. The book looks critically at popular literature and film on the generalized "Muslim Woman" and the common belief in the West that Muslim women need to be rescued. The book is available in print and e- formats (no audio book yet) and at public libraries. (We will contact the publisher to ask if they can offer a discount to members who want to purchase the book, which is only available in hard cover now; more on this as soon as we know.) For more information or to RSVP please contact Patricia Billings at her Women's Rights Committee Book Club email readwomensrights@gmail.com.
    December 1, 2014
  • Book Club "Los 43" Discussion December 11th.
    We will discuss “Los 43,” the disappeared, presumed killed, students in Mexico, and the broader problem of mass violence in Mexico, perpetrated by organized crime and government forces. We will consider how women are impacted by the violence, and how they are active in the struggle against it. There will be no book to read, just media articles and HRW reports; we will send links to these in an email shortly. We will also email a cheat sheet the day before the session and have printouts of the sheet at the session. For more information and to RSVP please contact Patricia Billings at readwomensrights@gmail.com
    December 1, 2014
  • HRW Film Club Hosts Screening and Discussion of "Sweet Dreams"
    On September 21, 2014 HRW Film Club will host a screening and discussion of "Sweet Dreams" at New Roads School in Santa Monica. BUY TICKETS NOW Twenty years after the genocide, the film captures the uplifting story of a group of Hutu and Tutsi women who form Rwanda's first all-women drumming troupe and open its first ice cream shop. 3pm: Meet & Greet with HRW's Africa Researcher Lewis Mudge. 4pm: Panel discussion moderated by Kenneth Turan, film critic at the Los Angeles Times, with "Sweet Dreams'" Director Lisa Fruchtman and Lewis Mudge. 6pm: Wines and Tacos Tickets are available online or by contacting the Los Angeles office at 310-477-5540 or perrine.vaillant@hrw.org.
    August 29, 2014
  • HRW FILM CLUB HOSTS LOS ANGELES PREMIERE OF FOOD CHAINS
    On May 16, 2014, 250 guests gathered at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School for the screening of "Food Chains,” an award-winning documentary that explores critical human rights issues in American agriculture. Following the screening, Sanjay Rawal, the film’s director and producer, moderated a dynamic discussion with Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, David Damian Figueroa of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Grace Meng of HRW, and the film’s producer, Smriti Keshari . HRW is grateful to all of the guests, volunteers, and panelists for supporting the event. HRW would also especially like to thank the Neda Nobari Foundation for undewriting the event. Save the date for Sunday, September 21, 2014, when HRW will screen "Sweet Dreams." Stay tuned for more details!
    May 29, 2014
  • LA Times Op-Ed by Elizabeth Calvin: Growing up behind bars
    On Monday, January 13, 2014, the LA Times ran an Op-Ed by Elizabeth Calvin, Senior Advocate in HRW’s Children’s Rights Division. It is about the first juvenile life without parole case to get a new sentence under SB 9, the bill that so many of our Southern California supporters worked hard to pass into law. Edel Gonzalez is an incredible example of why this law is so important.
    January 15, 2014
  • Ashton Kutcher joins HRW in Los Angeles to celebrate the courageous work of Alina Diaz and Natalia Taubina
    On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Ashton Kutcher joined 750 guests at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills to celebrate two courageous human rights activists--Alina Diaz and Natalia Taubina. The event raised $1.6 million to support the organization's work in over 90 countries around the world. Human Rights Watch is tremendously grateful to all of the sponsors, volunteers and supporters who made the event possible.
    November 13, 2013
  • HRW shows film about photojournalist Tim Hetherington, followed by conversation with HRW Emergencies Director, NPR Correspondent, and LA Times Editor
    On September 29, 2013, 250 guests gathered at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School for a screening of the powerful documentary about photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, titled "Which Way is the Front Line from Here." Following the screening, Nick Goldberg, Editor of the LA Times Editoral Pages, moderated a moving discussion with Peter Bouckaert, HRW Emergencies Director, and Kelly McEvers, an NPR Correspondent who covered the wars in Iraq and Syria. HRW is grateful to all of the guests, volunteers, and panelists for supporting the event. HRW would also especially like to thank Catharine and Jeffrey Soros for sponsoring the event, and Laurel Glen Vineyard for donating wine. Save the date for Sunday, January 26, 2014, when HRW will screen "Bidder 70." Stay tuned for more details!
    September 30, 2013
  • California Senate Bill 260 is signed into law, giving thousands of youth sentenced to adult prison terms hope and real opportunities to work toward parole
    On September 16, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB260 into law, which will enable youth who were transferred to and sentenced in adult court to have their sentence reviewed after serving ten years. The passage of this bill represents the strongest transformation in California’s harsh sentencing laws to date, and will impact more than 5,000 people who have been incarcerated since they were teens. Human Rights Watch is grateful to all of the supporters who have been instrumental at every step along the way, by attending meetings with legislators, making calls, and writing letters.
    September 23, 2013
  • LA Network hosts 3rd Annual Art with a Heart at GUSFORD | los angeles!
    On August 29, nearly 200 guests attended the LA Network's 3rd Annual Art with a Heart event at GUSFORD | los angeles on Melrose. The evening featured human rights inspired work by talented artists. Guests were able to view the art and enjoy a drink while listening to the music of Haute Mobile Disco. Human Rights Watch is so grateful to all of the artists, sponsors, and volunteers who made the event possible. A special thank you also to GUSFORD | los angeles for hosting the event.
    September 10, 2013