Rainbow Sisters Project
A Group of Women Who Have Survived
Sexual Assault Who Defending Ourselves and Other Survivors
The Rainbow Sisters Project and Others to Protest Outside Business Women's Luncheon
Honoring Arnold Schwarzenegger in Beverly Hills
WHAT: Join a picket outside the Women of Los Angeles luncheon on Monday honoring Arnold Schwarzenegger with their Highlight Award. The picket will be in support of the dozens of women who have come forward with charges of sexually battery against the Governor and in support of the women, children, elderly. health care workers and college students that will become victims of Governor's proposed budget cuts if they are past.
WHEN: Monday 26 April 2004
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
WHERE: Outside The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel,
Wilshire Blvd and Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Pickets Signs will read: 'No More Cuts, Tax the Rich' and 'Don't Forget the 16 Women Spoke-out'
Women of Los Angeles is an affiliate of Washington, D.C.-based W.O.M.E.N, Inc. The group was founded in 1991 as Women Organized for Mentoring, Education and Networking. It is a business organization. Award will be presented by his wife Maria Shriver.
Those who cannot attend the protest have been asked to contact Women of Los Angeles to disaprove of their 'inappropriate' choice of awardees:
Women of Los Angeles
NOTE: There will also be a large protest against the cuts outside the Governors Office in Downtown LA organized by the California State Faculty Association on Monday 4/26 from 11:30 AM - 2 PM.
Los Angeles Daily News
Governor honored by L.A. women's group
By Associated Press
Saturday, April 24, 2004 -
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be honored Monday by a Los Angeles women's group for his work with inner-city children, receiving one of three "Highlight Awards" presented by Women of Los Angeles.
The award recognizes Schwarzenegger for founding and overseeing for nine years After-School All-Stars, which offers sports and other programs to inner-city children in 15 cities.
"That's something that's very important to women," said Sandy Jolley, executive director of Women of Los Angeles, a group of professional women. "It's for that particular work."
The award is Schwarzenegger's first from a major women's group since allegations surfaced during last year's recall campaign that he had groped women on movie sets between 1975 and 2000.
Jolley said she anticipated questions about the appropriateness of the award, but has encountered "absolutely no" feedback from other women's groups. She said the award is only about highlighting the governor's work with children.
As for last year's allegations, "we don't want to go there," Jolley said.
Other honorees Monday include Jorge Mester, music director of the Pasadena Symphony, and Peter W. Mullin, a Los Angeles philanthropist.
Women of Los Angeles is an affiliate of Washington, D.C.-based W.O.M.E.N, Inc. The group was founded in 1991 as Women Organized for Mentoring, Education and Networking.
The nonpartisan groups annually present "highlight" awards to "highly accomplished men" for supporting issues of importance to women. Past honorees include CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan.
Jolley said the women's group began considering Schwarzenegger for the award before he was elected governor.
His foundation's chief operating officer, Lynn Ann Weaver, was among 10 people killed July 16 when an 86-year-old driver roared through a Santa Monica farmers market. Weaver was the previous director of Women of Los Angeles.