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Vice Mayor Felicia Williams and Pasadena Police Department to Lead Free Women’s Self-Defense and Safety Class at McDonald Park Saturday

Published on Mar 15, 2023

Vice Mayor Felicia Williams and the Pasadena Police Department are teaming up to offer a ‘Women’s Self-defense and Safety Class’ at McDonald Park on Saturday, March 18, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The event is free to attend.

The class is designed to empower women with the tools they need to protect themselves in potentially dangerous situations. McDonald Park is located at 1000 E Mountain Street in Pasadena.

Williams told Pasadena Now she was inspired to organize the event after a friend who is a realtor had a frightening experience at an open house and asked if the City had self-defense classes for women. The event is being held during Women’s History Month and Williams hopes it can become an annual — or more frequent — class.

The class will cover basic awareness and defensive moves, along with whatever specifics the participants want to learn. The Pasadena Police officers will be on hand to offer their expertise in dealing with the types of crimes often committed in Pasadena.

According to Williams, crimes against persons and domestic violence are on the rise locally, making it important for women to learn how to defend themselves.

“Through empowerment, techniques, and bonding with other women, I am hoping we can bring those numbers down as a community,” she said.

In addition to self-defense techniques, the class will also cover topics such as empowerment and self-confidence, positive attitude, and sharper focus.

Williams also believes this is a great opportunity to meet new friends, build community with neighbors and public safety personnel — and enjoy what will hopefully be a nice day in the park.

To RSVP for the Women’s Self-defense and Safety Class, participants can email or call 626-744-472. For more information, visit or call the above number.

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