‘All they’re doing is banning safe abortions’

In the wake of reports that the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade, writer and producer Gloria Calderón I had to goes to work.

Although she said she can’t include women’s reproductive rights in storylines for season 2 of her Amazon anthology series “With Love” because the scripts are locked, she says, “Will it be in my other stuff? Yes! women, especially poor women. Rich women will be able to have abortions, but we need to look at women of color and other communities.”

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Sarah Michelle Gellar adds, “All they’re doing is banning safe abortions.”

I spoke to Kellett and Gellar at a Friday pre-Mother’s Day lunch hosted by fair trade retailer The Little Market in Issima at the La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood.

Kellett said she was lobbying for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC last week. “We as storytellers are people who are visible. We can start implementing and changing policies,” she said. “We are actors, writers and directors, but we are also citizens of this country that can be a platform for many people. That can be very powerful.”

Kellett added: “I think about my children’s future and I want to leave it a more positive world.”

Gellar burst out laughing, “Are you leaving? I have told my children that I will haunt them forever.”

De Kleine Markt, founded in 2013 by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarlacis a non-profit fair trade store that supports the economic self-sufficiency of women and other underprivileged communities.

Jordana Brewster, Elsa Collins, Lauren Sánchez, Tia Mowry, Phoebe Gates, Hannah Skvarla and Lauren Conrad at The Little Market's pre-Mother's Day luncheon in Issima, West Hollywood.  - Credit: Gilbert Flores for Variety

Jordana Brewster, Elsa Collins, Lauren Sánchez, Tia Mowry, Phoebe Gates, Hannah Skvarla and Lauren Conrad at The Little Market pre-Mother’s Day lunch at Issima in West Hollywood. – Credit: Gilbert Flores for Variety

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“Today we celebrate all the resilient moms we work with at Little Market,” Skvarla said. “When Lauren and I started Little Market almost 10 years ago, it was before we were both mothers, but we learned that when mothers gain more power, the ripple effect is incredible. Preventable diseases are declining and children are going to school, daughters are getting education and mothers are getting more rights and women are getting more rights. We were so inspired by that and that is why we founded The Little Market.”

COVID created logistical challenges for The Little Market. For example, the company’s sugar scrub product used to be made in Chicago, but “the artisans who made it could no longer do it there because of COVID and capacity issues, so we identified this group of women in LA who had been trafficked and handed over the work to them.” Skvarla explained. “We try to be as creative as possible and support artisans where possible.”

Conrad added: “Many of the groups we work with live in areas that have been disproportionately affected by COVID, so the work became all the more important. We’ve built an amazing community around Little Market and everyone has been so wonderful to support us in many different ways, spreading the word and telling the craftsmen’s stories.”

Kayla Ewell and Jenna Ushkowitz at The Little Market's Pre-Mother's Day Lunch in West Hollywood's Issima/ - Credit: Gilbert Flores for Variety

Kayla Ewell and Jenna Ushkowitz at The Little Market’s pre-Mother’s Day lunch in West Hollywood’s Issima /- Credit: Gilbert Flores for Variety

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Jenna Ushkowitz, who is pregnant with her first child, says she has been shopping at The Little Market for about a year. “As an expectant mother who supports women and mothers, it was really eye-opener and incredible to see what Little Market is doing and what Lauren and Hannah are doing,” said the former “Glee” star.

Lunch guest list also included Stephanie BeatrizJordana BrewsterLauren SanchezAngelique CabralAyda Field WilliamsTia MowryPhoebe Gates and Elsa Collins

In honor of Mother’s Day, Sánchez, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and philanthropist, has also topped up all donations to Little Market over the past week and tomorrow.

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