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October 13, 2001
Tim Willert DOWNTOWN -- Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Glendale) will host a free self-defense safety workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Glendale YWCA, 735 E. Lexington Drive. The workshop will provide safety tips and self-defense techniques and is designed to prevent sexual assault. Although women typically are victims of sexual assault, one of out of four children and one out of nine men are victims, according to statistics provided by Frommer's office.
NEWS
July 23, 2004
Robert Chacon These days, teenagers not only deal with peer pressure and bullying, but sometimes they have to fend off date rape and serious street crime, said Megan Brown, the activities director for the Roger Barkley Community Center. The community center's leaders want to give them an idea on how to fight back with a three-hour workshop Saturday. "It's our goal to help make kids feel safe and to build their self-confidence physically and mentally," Brown said.
NEWS
November 13, 2002
Janine Marnien Strangers up to no good had better watch out for these Valley View Elementary School students -- mess with them and you might get a swift knee in the stomach, or a quick jab to the head. About 20 students learned those self-defense moves Tuesday at CLASS -- Children Learning Awareness Safety and Self-Defense -- an after-school program funded by a grant secured by the Crescenta Valley Town Council and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale). Shouting "No!"
NEWS
By Angela Hokanson | November 3, 2007
When a child is facing a bully, 10-year-old Colin Martin explained on Friday, words are the best way to try to solve the problem. But when a stranger approaches a child, self-defense techniques can help them flee, said Colin, a fifth-grader at Lincoln Elementary School. Colin had just finished doing modified martial arts moves during the self-defense program that physical education teacher Janet Goliger runs at his school. “When a stranger comes, we learn how to get away from them,” Colin said.
NEWS
July 9, 2003
Bus tour to determine boulevard's future LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- The city of La Canada Flintridge will host a public workshop designed to help improve the western portion of Foothill Boulevard on July 19. The workshop will feature a bus tour of the area, which covers Foothill Boulevard between Alta Canyada Road and the city boundary. It is open to residents and business owners. The tour will leave from the parking lot on the southwest corner of Foothill and the Glendale (2)
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By Rachel Kane | November 9, 2006
Nelson Nio is a man in a woman's world ? and he feels right at home. The self-defense instructor, producer of feminist theatrical events and rape-crisis counselor from Brentwood has recently thrown himself into the fight for women's rights. "I feel like I'm aligning everything that I do," Nio, 36, said. "I don't know. It just feels right." Members of the Glendale YWCA's Board of Directors also felt Nio was right. In June, they elected him as one of two men to serve on the board.
NEWS
By Angela Hokanson | July 3, 2008
From financial planning to self-defense lessons and back again, local teenage girls are learning about empowerment in several of its forms — financial, physical and emotional — at a summer camp organized by the city’s Commission on the Status of Women. The girls are participants in a camp called Rosie Goes to Wall Street, which is in its second year and is named after Rosie the Riveter, an icon of women’s independence. Three distinct groups of girls will take part in the 12-day program over the course of the summer.
NEWS
January 13, 2007
Collectors show coming to town The All-American Collector's Show will be from noon to 6 p.m. Jan 20. at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. The show will have 200 dealers who will display antique toys, teddy bears, dolls, trains, political Americana, and other collectible items. The event will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21. Admission is $6. For more information, call (310) 455-2894. YWCA holding self-defense classes A new session for women's self-defense classes will be from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Glendale YWCA, 735 E. Lexington Drive, Glendale.
NEWS
July 23, 2009
Students offered help in business skills The Commission on the Status of Women?s business and leadership skills development camp ? Camp Rosie ? is accepting applications from Glendale female students ages 13 to 19. Space is still available for the final session that runs from Aug. 3 to 21 at the Pacific Community Center, 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale. Girls from low-income families are encouraged to apply to this free camp no later than July 15. The three-week day camp will include instruction in financial literacy and entrepreneurship, self-awareness and interpersonal skills, effective communication techniques, healthy relationships and teen dating safety skills, fitness and nutrition and self-defense.
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April 30, 2014
Rather than get rid of free self-defense classes offered by a city commission for women and girls that puts the city on shaky legal grounds , the City Council this week unanimously voted to offer similar classes for men and boys. Most of the council members voted reluctantly for the alternative classes, which were prompted after a nonprofit called the National Coalition for Men argued in a letter sent to city officials in March that gender-exclusive self-defense classes violate equal-protection clauses of the constitution.
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By Liana Aghajanian | April 16, 2014
Two popular self-defense classes for women hosted by Glendale's Status on the Commission of Women in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month have been postponed this month because of a letter from the National Coalition for Men that claimed the classes violate federal and California anti-discrimination laws. Harry Crouch, president of the nonprofit group established in 1977 told the Glendale News-Press that the classes are discriminatory because anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, not just women or girls.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
A free women-only self-defense class scheduled for this Wednesday at Glendale Community College has been postponed to an undetermined date as the city attorney continues to review the legality of excluding men from the lessons. The National Coalition for Men, a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, sent a complaint letter to city officials last month claiming two women-only self-defense classes planned for this month violate a host of federal and state civil rights laws, prompting the legal review.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 27, 2014
By limiting free self-defense classes to women only, the city of Glendale and its Commission on the Status of Women is violating federal and state civil rights laws that protect against sexual discrimination, according to a letter sent this month to city officials by the National Coalition for Men . "Just because you have a penis doesn't mean you come out of the womb with a black belt in karate," Harry Crouch, president of the San Diego-based nonprofit...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 21, 2014
A beleaguered summer camp that teaches low-income girls about finance and self-defense has been thrown a life saver as it received about $10,000 from the operator of Glendale Memorial Medical Center and $1,000 from Soroptimists International. The money ensures the camp will run again this year, following recent scares prompted by funding and enrollment issues . “We are thrilled we have support in the community to help us continue to offer Camp Rosie,” said Denise Miller, chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, a city board that organizes the program for at-risk girls, in an interview Monday.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 4, 2013
A group of Glendale women got a lesson in close-range fighting on Wednesday to help them defend themselves against sexual attacks. The lesson at the Glendale Adult Recreation Center was one of three free, city-sponsored self-defense classes offered to women and girls during the month-long Sexual Assault Awareness campaign sponsored by the city's Commission on the Status of Women. PHOTOS: Nelson Nio teaches a self-defense class in Glendale The next classes, which are taught by SHIELD Self-Defense, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on April 10 at Glendale Community College, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on April 17 at the Glendale Police Department, 131 N. Isabel St. The commission and YWCA of Glendale's "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" will not be held this year.
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By Megan O¿Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | November 23, 2011
My morning routine typically consists of pastries and emails, so imagine my unease when at 8 a.m. Wednesday I found myself pinned to a wrestling mat in front of 80 teenage girls in the Glendale High School gym. “Use your legs as a weapon,” said my pretend attacker, women's self-defense instructor Nelson Nio. The list of attacks I was supposed to learn to deflect read like something out of the video game Mortal Kombat - frontal and rear...
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | January 18, 2011
Lynda Bustamante deftly avoids a punch to the face, wraps her arms around her opponent's waist, shifts her weight and tosses him to the ground. "For me, it is an adrenaline rush to know that I can go against guys without having to use so much strength," said the 20-year-old Los Angeles resident. Surrounding her at the Gracie Barra Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio on Brand Avenue are pairs of martial arts students grappling with one another, their bodies so tangled that is difficult to determine where one starts and the other ends.
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By Michael Arvizu, michael.arvizu@latimes.com | July 20, 2010
Ken Karapetian's judo studio at the Glendale YMCA is not large, but he makes the most out of it. His judo students warm up by playing an impromptu game of soccer on the studio's padded floors; tiny traffic cones serve as goal posts. Later, the students run laps around the studio. Careful not to run into one another, the students hug the perimeter of the space as they run. Karapetian's judo studio is a converted handball court in the basement level of the YMCA's main physical fitness building.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | April 17, 2010
GLENDALE — The early release of certain inmates imprisoned for domestic abuse has prompted members of the city’s Commission on Status of Women to urge victims to take a stand in protecting themselves. With April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, commission Chairwoman Paula Devine said the message is critical given that the thousands of “low-risk” inmates who have been released early from prison without parole supervision. “They are coming into our area,” she said.
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