Women’s Space Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz and guest Laura Lopez Ledesma on Comité VIDA (Volunteer Immigrant Defense Action), has been uploaded to web archive. The show was recorded, broadcast in the North Bay and streamed worldwide over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM  on Monday 8/5/19 at 11 AM (repeats at 11 PM) and repeat broadcast in Petaluma and streamed worldwide over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM on Wednesday 8/7/19 at 11 AM. 


Visit the show’s web archive page to listen to the audio recording:



Featuring Guests

1. Laura Lopez Ledesma, Associate Director, Comité VIDA (Volunteer Immigrant Defense Action)


Announcements (Click for section below)

Accomplishments this Week in Women’s History (Click for section below)


 Our Featured Guests

1. Laura Lopez Ledesma shares her story as an immigrant child who, in spite of legal challenges facing her parents and herself, was determined to excel and  achieved her law degree. She talks of the benefits the community at large have enjoyed with undocumented persons living and working in the county.  Laura is now helping other immigrants through the Volunteer Immigrant Defense Action Committee (Comité VIDA), whose mission is To educate and mobilize residents of Sonoma County about legal and social justice issues affecting the lives of immigrants and our entire community for positive action.  Laura describes some steps local residents can take regarding obtaining the matrícula consular, an identity card that Mexican consulates issue to Mexican citizens who reside outside Mexico. Laura talks of the support and networking  Comité VIDA provides, as well as legal assistance through Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services (VIDAS Legal) sharing their office. She also encourages citizens to make use of the Rapid Response Network hotline (707) 800-4544 if ICE activity is seen.

About our Guest:   Laura Lopez Ledesma was born in Mexico and immigrated to the USA with her parents.  Laura has earned her BA in  Latin American Studies at UC Santa Cruz and her law degree at Penn State. Laura is the Associate Director of Comité VIDA (Volunteer Immigrant Defense Action).

Guest Links:

 Comité VIDA (Volunteer Immigrant Defense Action). (707) 523-1740, 576 B St, Ste 1C, Santa Rosa https://www.facebook.com/Comité-VIDA-854987867908421/

VIDAS Legal: https://www.facebook.com/vidaslegal/

Rapid Response Network of the North Bay https://www.facebook.com/NorthBayRapidResponse/ Hotline if ICE raid is seen: (707) 800-4544

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Accomplishments this Week in Women’s History:

August 6, 1965 – The Voting Rights Act outlaws the discriminatory literacy tests that had been used to prevent African Americans from voting. Suffrage is finally fully extended to African American women.

 August 8, 1969 – Executive order 11478 issued by President Nixon requires each federal department and agency to establish and maintain an affirmative action program of equal employment opportunity for civilian employees and applicants.

August 9, 1995 – Roberta Cooper Ramo becomes the first woman to hold the office of president of the American Bar Association

August 10, 1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as the second woman.



August 12, 2019 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Immigration Horrors and Monsanto’s Poison in the Fields, Peace & Justice Center – 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa.  YOU are invited to hear Mitchel Cohen, Sallie Latch, and Dennis Bernstein talk about these major issues.  For more information visit:the fb event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/957309531285183/
For more info, contact Sallie Latch at slatch101@gmail.com or (707)971-0638


Sunday, Aug. 25, 12 noon-4:00 PM, Indivisible Petaluma Presents the 22nd Annual Progressive Festival!; Listen. Connect. Change Your Community! Visit:the fb event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/653729388386109/


Music Selections:

The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin:

The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com

With God at Our Side sung by Odetta from the album Give me Your Tired and Your Poor (1965 Sony Music Entertainment )

We Shall Overcome sung by Mahalia Jackson from the album Freedom Our History of Us (2002 Sony Music Entertainment, Inc,)


For music purchasing opportunity:

Link to Spinitron.com Playlist of the Women’s Spaces Show