Bettina Lee

February 12, 2018

Interview with Monique Limon

Monique is the representative of CA district 37, which extends from Santa Ynez to Santa Paula and includes both red and blue regions. District 37 is also 40% Latino and contains a lot of heavily agricultural areas. 1. Please describe your activities or involvement in mentoring women to participate in the political process. (Examples: appointments to boards or commissions, encouragement to run for office) Monique is the representative of CA district 37, which extends from Santa Ynez to Santa Paula and includes both red and blue regions. District 37 is also 40% Latino and contains a lot of heavily agricultural areas. Some of Monique’s first events after she took office were two appointments workshops in Santa Barbara and Ventura, where […]
January 19, 2018

Year Two of the Resistance: Let’s Keep our Eyes on the Prize – A Seat at the Table

Last year was a year of profound disappointment but also of tremendous activism. Together, we rose, we resisted and we persisted! The Board and the various committees worked hard to protect and promote our feminist values. Our engagement took several forms. We marched, we protested and made our voices heard loud and clear in the streets. The Women’s March on January 20, 2017, energized us all. From there, SBWPC organized the ERA March for Equality. It was a great success and received a lot of press coverage including a mention in the Ms. Magazine Blog! We joined our sister organizations in rallies, marches and protests including the People’s Climate March, March for Science, International Women’s Day Celebration and the rally […]
September 11, 2017

‘Equal Means Equal’ Screening in Santa Barbara

Saturday, August 26th, is “Women’s Equality Day,” bringing attention to the fact that the Equal Rights Amendment, which was created decades ago, has never been ratified. KCSB’s Lisa Osborn spoke with Catherine Swysen, president of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, about a film screening the group is hosting on this topic – and other efforts the group is making to ensure that women have a ‘seat at the table.’ Interview with Catherine Swysen
July 22, 2017

Young Feminists at Transition House

Family homelessness disproportionately affects women, who are more likely to have experienced domestic abuse and make up the majority of parents in homeless families. Young women with children are especially at risk. The SBWPC Young Feminists Committee decided to volunteer to help this community in Santa Barbara by providing a dinner service at Transition House. Transition House’s mission is to provide a solution for family homelessness, through temporary or long-term housing, education and career development for adults, child care and support for school-aged children, and help with relocating families to stable, permanent housing (transitionhouse.com). Members from the Committee collected donations, purchased ingredients, and prepared and served meals for almost 50 residents. Engaging with the parents and children at Transition House […]