Edina Lekovic of Muslim Public Affairs Council is Keynote Speaker at YWCA's Women for Racial Justice Breakfast

Published : Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 3:56 PM

Edina Lekovic, Director of Policy & Programming at Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

Angelica Salas, Executive Director - Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights Los Angeles

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is thrilled to announce that Edina Lekovic, Director of Policy & Programming at Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) will be the Keynote Speaker for the 15th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast. The event will be held on Monday, October 23rd, from 7:00 – 9:00 am at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel, located at 168 S. Los Robles Ave in Pasadena. Come celebrate diversity and be a part of the organization’s continued work towards racial justice.

Edina Lekovic is a leading voice on American Muslims and an inter-community builder between diverse faith traditions. Through her work with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, she has advocated on behalf of American Muslims in news media, interfaith, community, and pop culture spaces and has appeared on leading media outlets, including CNN, FOX News, Huffington Post, and NPR. She is a co-founder and board member of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, a board member of multifaith house of worship The Pico-Union Project, and a member of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Interfaith Leaders Collaborative. In 2015, she was named as one of L.A.’s 10 most inspiring women gamechangers by Los Angeles Magazine. She is also listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.

At the event, the YWCA Pasadena will be presenting the Racial Justice Award to Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA) for her unwavering dedication in fighting for racial equality and fair immigration reform. Ms. Salas helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students, established day laborer job centers that have served as models for the rest of the nation, and led efforts to allow all California drivers to obtain a driver license. As part of a national coordinating committee, Ms. Salas helped convene a coalition of organizations in California which have successfully mobilized millions of immigrants to demand comprehensive immigration reform including legalization with a path to citizenship, family reunification, and the protection of civil and labor rights. She is also a leading national spokesperson and organizer on federal immigration policy.

Additionally, PCL Construction will be a corporate recipient of the Racial Justice Award for its dedication to employment equity and inclusiveness. PCL has been recognized as one of Los Angeles’ Best Places to Work and is a devoted supporter of philanthropic organizations throughout Southern California. PCL’s work in the social justice space is advanced through many avenues both internally and externally including recruitment practices that ensure diversity of their workforce, hiring and mentoring women-owned and minority-owned businesses, working with community organizations to employ and train formerly incarcerated individuals on their job sites, hiring from the areas around their job sites, and economically engaging the community in their developments.

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley also welcomes back Emmy award-winning news anchor Cher Calvin of KTLA 5 News as the event emcee. Ms. Calvin has been a strong supporter of women’s issues, including ending violence against women worldwide and speaking out against human trafficking. The YWCA is excited to bring such phenomenal and inspirational individuals together at the 15th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast on October 23rd.

Since 2002, the YWCA’s Women for Racial Justice Breakfast has brought hundreds of Pasadena’s most influential members of the business, civic, and philanthropic communities together to share in the YWCA’s efforts to promote and support racial justice. Individual tickets for the event are $80, sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information about the Women for Racial Justice Breakfast, please visit the YWCA Pasadena website at www.ywca-pasadena.org, call (626) 296-8433, or email jkubel@ywca-pasadena.org.

About the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley: The YWCA acts via a variety of programs that strive towards the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women and girls in Pasadena and throughout the Foothill Valley. Learn more and support the programs of the YWCA at www.ywca-pasadena.org. (626) 296-8433. The YWCA is located at 50 N. Hill Avenue, Suite 301, Pasadena.







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