ISSUES, CAMPAIGNS & POLITICAL ACTION
Above:  SFV/NELA NOW demonstrates against racism,
protesting neo-Nazi meeting at Pasadena library.
Integrating the Los
Angeles Fire Dept
SFV/NELA NOW has been
monitoring the dismal
record of the City of Los
Angeles in eliminating job
discrimination.  In fact, we
charge that a civil service
job classification change
made things even worse
than they had been for
women in the Los Angeles
Fire Department.

In 1992 the San Fernando
Valley/Northeast Los Angeles
Chapter (SFV/NELA NOW) of the
National Organization for Women
fought against the proposed
civil service re-classification
which eliminated the separate
category of paramedics and
merged it in with fire fighters,
having the additional effect of
eliminating the bargaining unit of
the paramedic’s union, the
United Paramedics of Los
Angeles.  While a tiny
percentage of firefighters were
women, at the time,
approximately 10% of the UPLA
paramedics were female and
the union had one female vice-
president.  The union was
attentive to women’s issues and
fought for their members who
were confronted with sexism
and sexual harassment.

When the city council
considered the proposed civil
service re-classification, our
representative predicted that it
would stymie the recruitment
and hiring of women by the Fire
Department and retard their
growth as a percentage of the
fire department’s work force.  
Although the fire department
brass claimed publicly that the
reason they were seeking the re-
classification was to enhance
promotion opportunities for
women, three representatives of
the department admitted
privately that the underlying
reason was that the department
brass considered the United
Paramedics of Los Angeles to
be a “pain in the ass” and the
whole thing was a subterfuge to
eradicate the upstart union.

Moreover, the department went
so far as to provide us with a
list of fourteen (14) purported
females that had left the
department because of the lack
of promotional opportunities.  

The first rule of prevarication is
to refrain from lying when the
truth is easily ascertainable.  
The fire department list was
padded with the names of males
who had first names that could
be either feminine or
masculine.  Additionally, a
number of the people on the list
had left the department after
suing for discrimination and
sexual harassment, factors that
had nothing to do with the
purported lack of promotional
opportunities.

The fire department went so far
as to claim that it took “pride in
the fact that the Los Angeles
Fire Department has actively
recruited, hired and retained a
significant number of female
Firefighters and Paramedics.”  

Uniformed personnel of the
LAFD in 1991 consisted of 1,411
firefighters and 395 paramedics,
for a total of 1,806.  Of these,
there were 38 female firefighters
and 46 female paramedics,
totaling 84 women.   As of 2003,
there were 3,398 uniformed
members of the department.  
Eighty-Nine (89) of them were
female.  So while the number of
males in the department
increased by 1,419 males,  
females increased in number by
five!   

So much for the city’s claims of
fairness and equal
opportunity……
Combatting Racism
the fight against racism as well as sexism.  
We are constantly vigilant and active in
fighting discrimination and harassment.  
During the 2003-2004 legislative sessions,
SFV/NELA NOW sponsored Assembly Bill
(AB) 1617, introduced by Assembly Member
Cindy Montanez (D-39th District) which
would have radically reformed the standards
expected of employers for investigating and
SFV/NELA NOW prides itself as a leader in
remedying discrimination and harassment in
the workplace.  Intense employer SFV/NELA
NOW prides itself as a leader in organization
opposition prevented the bill's passage, but it
was supported by groups as diverse as the
California Association of Licensed
Investigators (CALI), Alameda Corridor Jobs
Coalition (ACJC), California League of United
Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the
National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Fighting Rape and Domestic Violence
SFV/NELA NOW activists, led by Tricia Roth,
succeeded in getting legislation introduced
by then-Assembly Member Scott Wildman
and passed into law, prohibiting the use of a
woman's attire from being used as evidence
of consent during a sexual assault trial.

SFV/NELA NOW works regularly with
domestic violence shelters and is a sponsor
of "The Clothesline Project," an artistic
expression of T-Shirts painted with stories
ranging from murder to incest to rape by
survivors and the relatives of murdered
women.

Family Law Task Force
SFV/NELA NOW members are organizing a
task force to deal with rampant sexism and
discrimination in the Los Angeles family law
courts.  In the past, SFV/NELA NOW has
called demonstrations to expose the legal
abuse of women and children at the hands of
sexist judges under the slogan, "
child
support delayed is justice denied
."

SFV/NELA NOW is currently seeking a
legislative sponsor for an amendment to the
Family Code to criminalize aiding and
abetting of child support non-payment by the
families and friends of "dead beat dads," and
to provide a civil cause of action against
those that assist non-custodial parents to
avoid paying support--the leading cause of
child poverty in America.

The Valley's Voice for Choice
SFV/NELA NOW has put its lives on the line
for women's right to choose whether or not
to terminate a pregnancy, for the right to have
children, and all other aspects of
reproductive freedom.

When Operation Rescue blockaded clinics
throughout Southern California, our
members were in the forefront of physically
keeping women's clinics open and
demanding that the police enforce access
laws.  SFV/NELA NOW picketed hospitals
being taken over by anti-choice owners to
insure that women had access to birth
control and artificial insemination.
SFV/NELA NOW POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
ID#990464

SFV/NELA NOW's Political Action Committee is un-bought and un-bossed.

We are proud of our record of political initiative and independence.  We make
endorsements regardless of political party and based upon the candidates'
qualifications and responses to our detailed questionnaires.  Additionally, unlike
many endorsing organizations, we have a strict
conflict of interest policy
regarding who can participate in the decision making process
(for instance, no
significant others of candidates or elected officials and no employees or
independent contractors of elected officials or candidates can participate in
decisions affecting those they have ties to).

Our endorsement process is done in conjunction with our partners in the Same
Page/Misma Pagina Coalition, some of whom endorse and some of whom
participate solely for the purpose of public political education.

If you would like our endorsement for the 2013 election cycle, you can
download our Questionnaire below as a Microsoft Word Document or Open
Office Writer format. Background materials are below in PDF format.



2013 Questionnaire in MS Word Format
Source Materials:
Model Ordinance for Civilian Oversight of Police Misconduct
Proposed Amendment to S. 1105 Labor Code
Proposed Amendment to Family Code
Proposals re Workplace Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation
SFV/NELA NOW Board Member Sharon Clanton
will present a paper on the serial killings of
women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, during the
"Beijing + 10" United Nations Status of Women
Conference in NY.  Click below to see her case
study:
Click here for Violence Against Women in Juarez study
On November 19, 1984, ROBERT LEO ST. GEORGE’s ex-wife filed a Declaration in Los Angeles Superior
Court Case No. D 121521, alleging that during a telephone call he said:
It’s up to you, you --.  I’m going to see that you get what’s coming to you.  You better keep looking over your
shoulder because when I see you alone I’ll get you on the ground and will put my hands around your neck...
when you cry out your last breath I’ll finish you off and then spit on you.

Robert St. George was convicted of disorderly conduct in violation of Section 647(a) p.c. on 3/26/91, battery in
violation of Section 242 p.c. on 6/3/91.  

Later, after first being charged with the attempted murder of Actor Jameson Parker he was convicted of
violation of Section 245(A)(2), Assault with a firearm on a person and was sent to state prison.  After he was
paroled he was sent back for violation of the terms of his parole, specifically that he refrain from contacting his
ex-girlfriend in 1999.  At that time, she had accused him of trying to run her off the road with his car, but the
District Attorney’s Office refused to file charges, so all State Parole could give him was a couple of months back
in prison.

Representatives of SFV/NELA NOW met with Assistant District Attorney Bill Hodgman and provided him with a
copy of the 1984 restraining order and other documents trying to convince the District Attorney’s office that St.
George had a long history of violence and needed to be taken off the streets.  But later, District Attorney Steve
Cooley said in a letter to NOW that one of his investigators went to the courthouse and couldn’t verify the
existence of the restraining order that was probably still sitting on Bill Hodgman’s desk.

With competence like that, it is no wonder that the District Attorney’s office agreed in 2003 to strike Robert St.
George’s prior conviction so that instead of using sentence enhancements and the Three Strikes law to double
a state prison sentence, he got probation for molesting two (2) developmentally disabled young girls!  Today he
lives about a tenth of a mile from Hermosa View Elementary School.

Charges of telephonic death threats have now been filed against St. George with the Los Angeles Police
Department by the woman that he was accused of harassing in 1999.  Maybe this time, the District Attorney will
use the Three Strikes law the way it was supposed to be used, but we’re not holding our breath.
Join Our Campaign to get a Convicted Child Molester and Violent
criminal who has harassed women off the street!
Women Friendly
Workplace Campaign
Click here for our
harassment/discrimination
complaint form in Microsoft "Word"
Click here for our
harassment/discrimination
complaint form in PDF
FIGHTING SEXUAL
HARASSMENT &
DISCRIMINATION @ UC

On April 25, 2006,
"Nazy" Salem filed a
grievance with her
union alleging that she
had been discriminated
against and sexually
harassed by her
supervisor at UCLA
Medical Center.  UCLA
claims it investigated
and that Nazy didn't
cooperate.  

Since when is it an
investigation when a
company lets the
person accused of
sexual harassment
investigate his own
complaint?  That's
exactly what
happened:  the
supervisor complained
about stated in a
response to the Step
One grievance that
Nazy hadn't provided
the names of the
witnesses or the details
to him so he was
denying the grievance!
That's what UCLA calls
an investigation and
Nazy's failure to give
the names of witnesses
and the details to the
alleged perpetrator
constitutes the
non-compliance!

It gets WORSE.

Turns out, the UC
Regents' policy on
sexual harassment
does not make an
investigation of sexual
harassment mandatory,
even if the victim
demands one.

SFV/NELA NOW's hat
is off to Assembly
Member Anthony
Portantino, Chair of the
Assembly Committee
on Higher Education
who sent a letter to UC
demanding a response
to our allegations and
comment on our
proposals for reform.

One reason the UC
Regents take such a
lackadaisical approach
to sexual harassment
investigation is
precisely because it
would
prevent
litigation, and that
would take money
away from Lewis,
Brisbois, Bisgaard,
Smith, the lawyers who
defend UC.  
Coincidentally, LBBS
has contributed
$24,450.00 to the
political campaigns of
just one of the UC
Board of Regents alone
over the years.

For more info, email
info@sfvnow.org.
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