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We are excited to announce the arrival of our new lead organizer, Sister Judy Donovan.

She started her position on January 11 and hit the ground running. Judy has been organizing with the IAF for 20 years. She started organizing in Texas and then moved to LA in 2002 to be part of the team that helped found OneLA. Ten years ago she moved north where she helped expand IAF projects from the Sacramento region, to the SF Bay Area, and into Silicon Valley.

For the last several years Judy has been supervising and/or providing training to support a variety of IAF projects across the West, as well as IAF-inspired organizing projects in the UK. Judy is a Roman Catholic Sister of St. Joseph of Lyon. She has BAs in Psychology and Philosophy, lived and worked in Brazil for 8 years, then returned to the US to earn a Masters Degree of Social Work in Public Policy before she encountered the IAF. She was born in CA but raised in Maine, where her family and religious community are rooted today.

For more information about OneLA activities, please contact Diane Vanette at

The South Los Angeles Cluster is assisting our community members by providing clinics with emphasis on: Proposition 47/ Restorative Justice, Employment, Healthcare, and Human Trafficking.

On March 5, from 1 – 3:30 PM at St. Brigid Church, we are hosting a panel discussion on the “Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System.” Our special guests will be Rose Cahn, Esq and Dr. Glenn Lourywho is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. Dr. Loury is currently at Stanford for this academic year, and he is the author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequity and Race, Incarceration, and American Value. 

On March 6, from 2 – 5 PM at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Dr. Glenn Loury will be the guest again for this important workshop on “Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System.”
–Robert Williams / St. Brigid


The team at Temple Judea continues to look at issues in our state institutions of higher education as we formulate an agenda for moving forward with action. We are also engaging in meeting with leaders from other local institutions in hopes of building relationships and working together. 
Ellen Israel / Temple Judea


The next meeting of the One LA Transit/Housing/Jobs working group will be on February 11 at 7 PM at Leo Baeck Temple.

OneLA is continuing to press forward with its Transit/Housing/Jobs agenda. Actions are being planned for upcoming MTA Board meetings on March 24 and June 23.

On March 24, the Board will consider a draft funding ballot measure and on June 23, it is expected to vote on the final measure. We are coming to the home stretch of a campaign OneLA has been working on since 2012.

We are also in the planning stages of a public action tentatively scheduled for April 10 with MTA CEO Phil Washington and another member of the MTA Board. We want to secure commitments from them to work with OneLA after passage of the ballot measure to ensure career-building, local jobs, and policies to minimize displacement, as well as to maximize the construction of affordable housing along new transit lines.

There are a wide variety of ways to engage our congregants/communities, from the MTA Board meetings in March and June, to letter/e-mail writing campaigns directed at MTA Board members leading up to the June final vote, to voter education, and voter turnout campaigns leading up to the November election. 
–Eric Stockel / Leo Baeck Temple


On January 12, OneLA made a public statement at the LAUSD Board Meeting in support of the Board Member Schmerelson’s Resolution – “Excellent Public Education for Every Student.” Edward Chavez (Mary Immaculate Church), Mary Jackson (St. Brigid’s), and Janet Hirsch (Temple Isaiah) presented the statement. OneLA was the first to welcome the new Superintendent Michele King which received a huge round of applause. The statement reminded her of the collaboration she and OneLA had performed together in the past. This work was also acknowledged by five other Board Members who have met with One LA leaders over the past several months.

Another round of applause came when Edward made clear in the statement that our children were not to be referred to as “market share.” The Resolution was unanimously approved by all seven Board Members. OneLA’s presence was acknowledged as well by Alex Caputo-Pearl (UTLA). Sister Judy Donovan was present for her first Action as our New Lead Organizer.

On February 21 from 2 – 5 PM at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, we will convene an Education Summit to train leaders and discuss issues related to the Local Control Funding Formula. The State of California gives monies for the large percentage of LAUSD students who are considered the most at-risk. School districts must create a Local Control and Accountability Plan to spend the increased money from Prop 30. We are working to educate parents and increase their involvement at their schools to ensure the money is allocated fairly and benefits each school site.

–Janet Hirsch / Temple Isaiah

Be on the lookout for more information on the San Gabriel Valley in the next OneLA newsletter.

6:30 – 8 PM on Wednesday, February 24th
The One LA Office 

515 W. 27th St., 90007
OneLA Core Teams and key leaders from each member institution, potential members, and partners with OneLA
If you are interested, contact Sr. Judy at or (510) 375-6529


The West & Southwest IAF is sponsoring a seminar with Dr. Glenn Lourywho is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. Dr. Loury is currently at Stanford for this academic year, and he is the author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequity and Race, Incarceration, and American Value. 

There are three opportunities to engage with Dr. Loury:
  1. Seminar with organizers and leaders from across the West & Southwest
    3 PM Sunday, March 13 – 3 PM Monday, March 14th in the SF Bay Area
    OneLA’s dues to our IAF region pay for 2-3 OneLA leaders to take part.
    If you are interested, contact Sr. Judy at or (510) 375-6529
  2. St. Brigid
    Saturday, March 5th, 1 – 3:30 PM, St. Brigid Ch. Hall
    5214 S. Western Ave. 90062
    Email Robert Williams at with your turnout. 
  3. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
    Sunday, March 6th, 2 – 5 PM
    Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
    8844 Burton Way, 90211
    Please email Diane Vanette at with your turnout.


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