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Local LunaFest Film Screening to Benefit ELAWC


Join us on March 22 and March 23 for a screening of LunaFest, a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women.

Established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes. This season’s program of nine selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling - by, for and about women.

The total run time of this season’s program is just under 90 minutes.

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ELAWC has Moved! 1431 S. Atlantic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90022

41 years ago ELAWC founders began a journey of hope, creating a place of welcome, safety, and healing for women in our community. Today, we are crossing a new threshold in our journey together. ELAWC has moved to a new home, a larger facility where we will continue to meet the expanding and ever-changing needs of the women, families and communities we serve. 

Moving an organization that has remained in one location for more than two decades is a huge task.  More than just moving our furniture, we must start up a new phone systems, repaint,  carpet, make repairs, and so much more.  We are not simply relocating our office, we are also relocating a part of soul. 

As we make this complex transition, we are reaching out to you, our supporters, volunteers, friends, and embajadoras, to help us meet the financial challenges of making this momentous change. Our goal is to raise $25,000 so we can create a welcoming space to embrace and empower the thousands of individuals and families we serve everyday.

Can you help ELAWC with this critical goal? Every donation, from $10 to $1000, makes a big difference in our ability to meet the costs involved in this transition.

Thank you for being a part of our circle, an ever-present source of support and encouragement.  And please don’t hesitate to contact our offices if you have any questions.

In gratitude,

Barbara Kappos, Executive Director
ELAWC Board of Directors and Staff


40 Years / 40 Stories


We are a community, and nothing gets done just by one person, it gets done in relationship to each other. For forty years this organization has been led by leaders in the movement, dedicated staff and committed volunteers, there’s no way that the power of women empowering each other does not work.
Connie Destito, ELAWC Co-Founder

Our 40 Years/ 40 Stories project highlights the profound voices behind the development and growth of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center.

We selected forty of the most significant personalities and are bringing you their fascinating profiles. You will hear from our founders, community leaders, volunteers, and survivors, an extraordinary roster of influencers who played a major part in supporting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles.

Sharing stories and human connection is at the heart of our work here at ELAWC, and we hope you find our journey as inspiring to read as it has been to witness first-hand.


Profiles by Jessie Askinazi and photography by Dianna Martinez

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