Join us Saturday, May 20th from 9am-2pm for the 2nd Annual CD9 Latina Conference, which will be held at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
To register online, please visit:
Can you believe it?
This year will mark ten years from when Laura Sanchez-Barajas was taken from us…
This year, we will celebrate ten years of service and breaking the cycle of violence in her community!
This year’s celebration will mark a new era for our organization. We have been a 100% volunteer base organization, servicing all types of victims, community members, organizations, researchers and many more who have reached out to us!
We will forever be thankful to all of you who have helped us make it to this point, to all of you who chose to believe and partner with us. We thank you and look forward to continuing the work together with you!
Founder & CEO
Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts (LAURA)
We are saddened by the tragic law enforcement shootings in the Newton Division area. One life lost, whether at the hands of law enforcement or by other members of our community, is one too many.
We must work together to get the answers our community asks for and to hold those responsible for violence accountable.
We are calling for increased communication, accountability and transparency. We are committed to ending all shootings, increasing dialogue and finding solutions towards peace. We invite you to join us moving our community towards healing.
Special thanks to Christopher Haqq, Gesenia Guzman, Horacio Romero of LOW BOTTOMS CC “East Side up” for creating the video!
Join us for our
2nd Annual Victims’ Tree Trimming
1st #LightLA Vigil!
LAPD Newton Station
Thursday December 11, 2014
3400 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011
Let us remember our murdered loved ones by bringing an ornament purchased or made, to place on the tree which will be displayed at LAPD NEWTON Station during the holidays. Come share memories of your loved ones with all of us. And participate in our #LightLA vigil, by lighting a candle both to remember those lost to gun violence and to commit to taking action to prevent future tragedies.
Vamos a recordar a nuestros seres queridos quienes fueron victimas de homicidio, trayendo un adorno hecho a mano o comprado, para nuestro 2º decoración de Árbol, que estará en exposición en el pasillo de la estación d Policía de Newton. Y para participar en una vigilia #LightLA nacional para recordar a todas las victimas que perdieron su vida por una arma de fuego, o compromete a tomar acción parar terminar esta epidemia de violencia.
As part of the nationwide Gun Violence Memorial event being held at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on December 11, L.A.U.R.A., Women Against Gun Violence, Newtown Action Alliance, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Brady Campaign local Los Angeles chapters, Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, and the many other members of the Los Angeles gun violence prevention network, will join together to remember all victims of gun violence.
In Los Angeles County, individuals and communities will participate in our #LightLA campaign. On December 11 at 7 pm, individuals will place candles in their windows and communities will gather in neighborhoods, schools, and places of worship to light candles both to remember those lost to gun violence and to commit to taking action to prevent future tragedies.
PLEASE JOIN US by participating individually or by bringing together your own community. Post photos of your individual and community memorials to the Women Against Gun Violence Facebook page and to Twitter at @wagv with the hashtag #LightLA, and to commit to taking small simple steps to reduce gun violence. Action items are listed here.
For more information, to receive an organizer toolkit, or to find out where community memorials are being held in Los Angeles County, contact Women Against Gun Violence at (310) 204-2348 or visit their website.
A Pre-Thanksgiving Thanks to Our Supporters
As we head toward Thanksgiving, a holiday based on the concept of gratitude, I want to express my profound gratitude to those of you who have supported and encouraged our work; I thank you on behalf of all the L.A.U.R.A. (Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts) organization members.
We have accomplished a great deal this year, with your help support, we encourage you to visit our web page and see for yourself, some of our accomplishments (www.LauraLA.org). We hope to have an even more impactful year in 2015. Please include L.A.U.R.A in your year-end giving. Whether it’s $5 or $10,000, we will put every cent to work in enhancing the quality of life, empowering youth, victim-survivors, and the families of South Central, Los Angeles.
LAURA is an all volunteer base organization. So on this special day of Thanksgiving we want to make sure we send out a huge THANK YOU to our board of directors, members, and all our community volunteers. Much gratitude to our donors and sponsors – without you LAURA would not be here.
A heartfelt thank you to our Elected Officials who supported us with our community Thanksgiving turkeys!
Because of you, LAURA was able to pass out 118 turkeys:
-Councilman Current Price – 48 families
-Mayor Eric Garcetti – 40 families
-Senator Ricardo Lara – 25 families
-Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer 15 families
A special thanks to Olivia for a wonderful meal she prepared for our community Potluck! God Bless you all!
On Sunday, LA County Sheriffs’ Deputies killed two people. Witnesses say they were unarmed and cooperating.
For the Families and Communities of Eduardo Bermudez & Ricardo Avelar-Lara
Candlelight Vigil: 6 PM Friday, 11/21/14
At the intersection of Verona and Hillview, 90022
Where Sheriff Deputies fired on Eduardo and Ricardo, killing them at 2AM Sunday morning.
To help the families with burial expenses, go to: http://www.gofundme.com/hgm92g
3745 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
One of Newton’s longtime cadets, Rigoberto Antunez, is currently suffering from a great loss in his family. The cadet’s father was struck by a DUI driver this past weekend and did not survive his injuries. This has left the cadet and his family in a real financial bind. LAPD Newton Division would like to raise some money to help the family out with funeral services.
They are having a fundraiser this Thursday, October 2nd from Noon-7pm in the Newton Station community patio area. If you wish to participate it would mean a lot to all of the Newton Cadets.
They will be serving burgers and chips for only $5.00. They well also be raffling off two dodger chairs and some bobble heads.
Additionally, they’ve set up a Blue Ribbon Trust for Rigoberto at the below web address. Please consider making a donation at:
With your support we can continue to transform youth lives and work on ending the cycle of violence. I am proud to serve as co-chair along with Yadira Hernandez in the 2014 L.A.U.R.A. Unity & Peace Resource Fair and Peace Walk, scheduled for March 29, 2014 at Fred Roberts Recreation Center.
As with any event of this magnitude lot of preparation is necessary to make each year’s event bigger and better than the last. This year will be no exception. We anticipate having over 2,000 participants to attend and show their love and support for all victims of crime.
L.A.U.R.A. vision is for homicide victim’s loved ones to learn to cope with the aftermath, along with other victims of crime to recover from their experience mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially, by receiving the respect, support, and protection from law enforcement, the judicial system, and the community. But we can’t do it alone.
Thank you for your support and commitment to Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts and our mission to ensure that our community heals from all acts of crime, with a positive impact on both the community and public safety in Los Angeles, to Unite and Bring Peace!
Participants: Click here to RSVP
Donors: Click here to view our donation request letter.
We welcome sponsors and donations for the event. If you would like more information, please call me at (323) 816-9651.
Adela Barajas, Event Co-Chair
2014 L.A.U.R.A. Unity & Peace Resource Fair + Peace Walk