June 28, 2016
Dear Members,

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday (6/29) at 1pm, for a rally and press conference on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall for the National Day of Action on Gun Violence Prevention. Congressman Becerra, Congresswoman Chu, Congresswoman Bass and Congresswoman Royball-Allard will be present to call for reform of our nation's gun laws. Wear orange, bring posters and bring pictures of your loved ones. Now is a critical time for us to show solidarity and to take action that will save lives.

Please join me in welcoming the newest member of our staff, Lucy Litt. She brings her passion and commitment to violence prevention as well as her experience in the fields of arts, education and juvenile justice. We are glad to have her on the VPC team! We also would like to introduce you to our 2016 Summer Interns, Eder Abellaneda, Anika Akhter, Vanessa Deleon, and Kyra Forbes. They are a huge support to us as we seek to build our gun violence prevention, reentry and youth development initiatives and strengthen our communications. You can learn more about them by checking out their profiles below.

Please save the date for our Angel of Peace Awards Gala! The date and time are Wednesday, September 21, 2016, beginning at 5:30 pm. The event will take place at the Japanese American Museum in Downtown Los Angeles, and I believe that it will be one of our best yet.

Adrienne Lamar Snider
Executive Director

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2016 Angel of Peace Awards

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - International Day of Peace
Japanese American National Museum
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Meet our new Program Associate!

Lucy J. Litt, MS.Ed

Lucy Litt grew up in New York City, while dancing full-time at the Alvin Ailey School, and she received her BA in Anthropology and Urban studies from Mount Holyoke College.  Upon graduation, Lucy joined the New York Teach For America corps and spent three years teaching in secure juvenile correctional facilities in the Bronx, as a high school boys’ special education/English teacher.  During this time, she also received her MS in Education from Fordham University.  In 2015, Lucy was one of four teachers selected for the national Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award for her work in detention facilities. Lucy moved to Los Angeles in August of 2015 and is thrilled to now be joining the team at VPC, focusing most of her work on the Gang and Domestic Violence nexus. She is a recreational boxer and endurance athlete and enjoys time with friends, her husband, Seth, and their dog, Zeus.

Meet Our VPC Summer Interns!

Eder Abellaneda

Eder Abellaneda is currently attending the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, focusing on Community Health Sciences. His passions in the public health sphere include violence prevention and LGBTQ mental health. He has lived in Los Angeles his whole life.

Anika Akhter

Anika Akhter is a 2nd year MPH in Community Health Sciences student at UCLA. After completing her studies, she intends to pursue a career related to the development, implementation, and evaluation of violence prevention programs because she is frustrated by the constant undermining of this issue by policymakers in spite of its long-lasting impacts on the physical and mental well-being of individuals and communities. She believes that we all have a role to play in ending the violence epidemic that plagues our nation. In her free time, she enjoys watching TV comedies like Mozart in the Jungle and New Girl, singing along to Jenny Lewis' tunes, and trying out different cafes and restaurants.

Vanessa Deleon

Vanessa Deleon transferred to UCLA from Cerritos College and received a B.A. in American Literature and Culture. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Before she returned to school Vanessa worked with the organizations, HealthCorps and the Youth Policy Institute in the areas of health promotion and education. Her time spent with both organizations was devoted to working with youth and families at San Fernando High School in the Valley. Vanessa is excited to be interning with VPC this summer and supporting with the LA for Youth Campaign.

Kyra Forbes

Kyra Forbes studies Communications and Public Relations at Tuskegee University in Alabama, she is going into her junior year. She will be interning with the VPC this summer to support VPC's online communications. She graduated from Junipero Serra High in Gardena California and when she graduates from college will go into the media industry. She is devoted to helping the Los Angeles community work towards a brighter future.

Take Action

Contact your State Assemblymembers to voice your support for SB 1235 that will be voted on this Thursday

SB 1235 will comprehensively regulate ammunition sales by, among other things, requiring ammunition sellers to obtain a license, conducting background checks on purchasers and keeping ammunition out of dangerous hands. Please contact your Assemblymembers to voice your support for SB 1235.  Here is a sample script:  "I am requesting that Assemblymember *** vote "Yes" on SB 1235 to regulate the sale of ammunition.  I live in *** city and my name is ***.  That's all there is to it!

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RSVP Now for the 2nd Annual API Health Summit

The Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Health Initiative is excited to invite you to attend the 2nd Annual API Health Summit. The API Health Summit is a community-let effort to begin to dispel myths and address health disparities that exist within API communities in Los Angeles County. The Summit will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at The California Endowment in Los Angeles.
Save your spot by registering here:

Stop SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence

This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to reduce sexual violence (SV) and its consequences.
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Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Next planning meeting for Concert Across of America to End Gun Violence is Saturday, July 11th at 9:30am at the Starbucks at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. We will be sitting outside so you may want to bring a hat. Please save the date of September 25th for the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence:
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