Beata Pozniak honored
by Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
on International Women’s Day Luncheon March 8th
By Maureen McCabe
Los Angeles,CA(Hollywood Today)3/5/14/–This Saturday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day, and the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom is celebrating by hosting their annual Women’s Day Luncheon at Taix French Restaurant (1911 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90026, near Alvarado) at 11:30. Speakers and honorees will include Mimi Kennedy, Lila Garrett and Beata Pozniak.
International Women’s Day has been observed around the world for over a hundred years. Originally conceived to aid the women’s suffrage movement and to raise awareness of women’s struggles for equality, it is now celebrated in most developed countries as a means to inspire women and recognize their achievements, as well as throw light on human rights violations and health issues that particularly impact women, both on a local and global scale.
Here in the U.S. Women’s Day was virtually unknown until Beata Pozniak moved to US from Poland in 1985 to further her acting career. Surprised that the day wasn’t honored, she lobbied for and eventually received proclamations from then-Mayor Tom Bradley and Governor Pete Wilson. Working with Congresswoman Maxine Waters, she spearheaded introduction of the first bill (H.J. Res. 316) in the history of the U.S. Congress to recognize International Women’s Day in the United States. The Los Angeles Times hailed her for “taking up the banner for women everywhere” with her tireless efforts. I http://articles.latimes.com/1996-03-08/news/ls-44342_1_international-women-s-day In addition to being a human rights activist, Beata is an accomplished actor, appearing in many film and television projects worldwide (Oliver Stone’s JFK, Babylon 5, Melrose Place, as well as…. playing the first female President of the world on “Babylon 5”).
Nalini Lasiewicz, of the Lasiewicz Foundation, which provides public relations, technical and organizational assistance to a wide range of local and international charitable causes, is a supporter of Women’s Day USA. This year, she suggested to have Beata Pozniak recognized during this year’s WILPF- Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom annual International Women’s Day luncheon in honor of her many achievements.
Mimi Kennedy, one of the highest profile progressives in Hollywood, will be speaking at the luncheon. She is the Advisory Board Chair of Progressive Democrats of America, a charter member of Artists United to Win Without War, a leading supporter of Dennis Kucinich’s anti-war presidential campaign in 2004, and has also worked on human rights, environmental and labor issues as well as election protection. Mimi currently guest stars on the sitcom Mom, has an upcoming role in HBO’s The Brink and has returned to the HBO hit Veep. She has starred in several feature films, stage plays and television shows (Dharma & Greg, Homefront, In Plain Sight, among many others). An acclaimed writer, she was a story editor for the Knots Landing television series, and her book, Taken To The Stage: The Education of an Actress, was praised as “one of the great theatrical memoirs.”
Also appearing will be Lila Garrett, host of the KPFK 90.7 fm radio show “Connect the Dots.” She is a founding member of the Progressive Democrats of America, chair of the 2004 Kucinich campaign and is a past president of Southern California Americans for Democratic Action. A longtime activist and award-winning screenwriter, Lila has served on the boards of the ACLU, the Venice Family Clinic, and the Writer’s Guild of America. She founded Americans Against War with Iraq (AAWWI) and is a founding board member of the California Clean Money Campaign. In her career as a television screenwriter, producer and director, she has won two Emmys and the Writers’ Guild Award.
The event is hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom. WILPF is a membership organization with active sections in 42 countries around the world. Founded in 1915 during World War I, with Jane Addams serving as its first president, the WILPF envisions a transformed world at peace, where there is racial, social and economic justice for all people. WILPF works through peaceful means to achieve world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, and an end to all forms of violence.
The cost for the luncheon is $33 if paid in advance or $38 at the door. Seating is limited, so please reserve ahead.
For more information about the luncheon or to make reservations please call (310) 286-1011 or see http://www.socialuplift.org/ADs/Mimi_Kennedy_2014_Luncheon.html
For more information about Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom see http://wilpfus.org/
For more information about Women’s Day see http://www.womensday.org/
For more about Beata Pozniak see www.beata.com
For more about Mimi Kennedy see www.mimikennedy.org/
For more information about Lila Garrett and Connect the Dots check out http://www.kpfk.org/jold/programs/67-connect-the-dots-with-lila-garrett.html
Organized by http://wilpfus.org – largest women’s organization, formed in 1915.