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Marianne Williamson for Congress


Dear Friends,

I have officially announced my candidacy for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s Congressional District 33.

I know many of you are not surprised. At my Sister Giant Conference in Los Angeles last year, I urged almost two thousand women to consider running for office using the principles of non-violence to birth a new American politics. After experiencing the energy and enthusiasm of the conference, I spent long months pondering how I could best further such a movement. The response that feels most real and true to me is to run for office myself.

The biggest threat to our country today is not from armies invading our shores. The biggest threat to our democracy is not bombs falling from the sky over an American city. No, our biggest threat is a pattern of a thousand cuts – the slow but now constant chipping away at our democratic freedoms—one capitulation to moneyed interests at a time, one politically gerrymandered district at a time, one government surveillance program at a time, one limiting of our voting rights at a time, one intimidation of journalists at a time, one Patriot Act at a time, one National Defense Authorization Act at a time, one Trans Pacific Partnership so-called trade deal limiting our sovereignty at a time. So at what point— after how many moments when Americans mutter to ourselves “Ya gotta be kidding me!”—do we stand up to our own government and sayHey, guys! Whose side are you on??”

That question will not be answered in a meaningful way until it is asked in the most powerful way. And that means not just from the sidelines and not just from online petitions. The question must be asked more often by people sitting in those seats, inthat building, in that city.

And that’s why I am running for Congress. I hope you’ll join me.

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WPN Walks to Defeat ALS 2013

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WPN Walks to Defeat ALS 2012

Great job WPN Members Adrian Grant and Sheila Halimi and everyone who supported their walk to defeat ALS this weekend! Couldn’t have done it without you!

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Visit Marcie Bronkar Interior Design Salon

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House of Rock by Susan Cohen

Click on the picture to see our very own Susan Cohen featured in the LA Times!

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WPN Goes to Cuba!

WPN Members Carla Sanger, Adrienne Fayne, Jeannine Sefton, Susan Downey, and Adrian Grant enjoying their trip to Cuba. It was WPN’s first trip together and the beginning of a fun educational tradition.

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Dr. Downey Brings Medical Advancements to Ecuador

Congrats to Dr. Downey on a fabulous article the Larchmont Chronicle wrote about her work in Ecuador. Click on the image below to see the original article.

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Wheels for Humanity

Our WPN member Susan Cohen is a strong supporter of UCP Wheels for Humanity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in North Hollywood, CA that refurbishes donated wheelchairs and hand fits them to children and adults with disabilities in developing nations. They then partner with international health-care organizations to identify those in greatest need. With a team of volunteer health care professionals, each recipient is individually fitted to the wheelchair that best fits their needs.

Many factors contribute to the great number of the world’s disabled, such as spinabifida, cerebral palsy, polio, landmines, war, natural disasters, spinal cord injuries and lack of adequate and timely medical care. In many developing countries, if you can’t walk by yourself, you must crawl or be carried and are forced to live a life of confinement. UCP Wheels for Humanity is proud of their work to bring the freedom of mobility to thousands across the globe.

Since 1996, UCP Wheels for Humanity has helped more than 50,000 people with disabilities in more than 68 developing nations gain increased mobility and dignity. They will continue to do so with the help of their many generous supporters.

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Community of Friends Annual Luncheon

The mission of the Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. All programs and services are provided at no cost to community members.

Please join us as we honor two remarkable women:

Abby Brown and Barbra Night

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
at the Skirball Cultural Center

10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Abby Brown

Abby Brown has always given back to the community by volunteering her time.She joined us a few years ago after attending a CSC Gala. Now, as a cancer survivor, she is benefiting from our full range of programs.

Barbra Night

A former fashion editor of California Apparel News, Barbra Night founded Trends West; LA’s Retail Notebook over 25 years ago. Today it’s considered an industry “bible” and is published monthly. She is also the creator of the website Barbra has helped support far too many loved ones affected by cancer.

Featuring Ask the Author – Living the Inspired Life

A diverse panel of authors will participate in a lively, moderated discussion

Beveryle Hyman Fead,
I Can Do This

Kimberly Fowler
The No Om Zone

Dr. Susan Love,
Dr.Susan Love’s Breast Book


Dr. Ava Shamban, Heal Your Skin;
The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal

Judy Zeidler,
Italy Cooks


The afternoon also includes delicious food and a fabulous boutique and silent auction. Don’t miss it!

Click here to learn more. Register today!

All contributions received by September 23, 2011 will be listed with “Special Thanks” in the Tribute Journal.

Contact us at 310.314.2589 or with questions, for help with registration or Tribute Ads, or if you would like to receive an invitation via mail.

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HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews Yvette Gellis Art

HuffPost Arts’ Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditional Haiku form of 5x7x5 syllables, others might be a sonnet or a string of words together. This week Peter Frank and John Seed give quick takes on visual art, including one of Yvette Gellis’ works of art! Read the full article and review here!

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Mission Statement

The Women’s Professional Network (WPN) was formed by Adrian Grant, an established Los Angeles Realtor and philanthropist, to build a network and community of successful and like-minded dynamic women. Together with her co-chairs, WPN has grown from a small gathering to a vibrant dedicated group of women from professions including medical, mental health, art, finance, and law.

The mission for WPN is to foster, enlighten, and educate women who want to expand their professional services as well as charitable services by offering their time and financial assistance to the larger community. One of the goals of WPN is to expand the support and growth of women through chapters around the country and world because we believe in being mindful of our role(s) in society and the many contributions we make. Madeleine Albright said it best - "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."

WPN meets on the first Monday of each month at a private home providing dinner and a topical presentation. Feel free to browse our website for WPN meeting information and calendar of exciting events.