The latest issue of our state newsletter, California Perspective, has been posted HERE on our website. It features the election results and a report from the April convention. An email with a link to it was sent to every member's email address. If you didn't receive the email, please make sure your email address is listed correctly in the membership records held at national AAUW.
The Program Committee has chosen the Laguna Beach branch as the May Program of the Month.
WOMEN HELPING WOMEN HEAL - ORANGE COUNTY HUMAN OPTIONS
Darla Olson, Chief Development Officer of Human Options, spoke at the May branch meeting about the effects of domestic violence on women and the community. She revealed that 1 in 4 women in Orange County reported physical or sexual abuse after the age of 18.
Founded in 1981 in Laguna Beach, Human Options is a local nonprofit organization, which uses a unique therapeutic approach to help the women and children in their program heal. The program was open to Laguna Beach members and to the public.
On Monday, May 26, a forum was held in San Francisco on Working Families. Representing AAUW were: Kathleen Cha, former national AAUW director at large and past president of AAUW CA; Harriet Tower, AAUW CA Communications Chair and California Online branch president; Cathy Corcoran, San Francisco branch president.
The regional forum was one of many held around the country in preparation for the White House summit later this month, collecting input and hearing stories about working families' problems and needs.
Attendees were welcomed by SF Mayor Ed Lee and heard remarks by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. US Representatives Mike Honda, Jackie Speier and Jared Huffman also spoke. Panel discussions dealt with the issues of working family policy -- minimum wage, paid leave and childcare.