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April 10, 2017

Let’s Be Bold for Change

On January 21, we started the year by participating in the historic Women’s March in Los Angeles, 600 strong, marching in unity and solidarity with hundreds of thousands of women and men of all ages and background.   Many of you who could not join us marched here in Santa Barbara.  Our voices joined the voices of thousands of women across America, Europe, Australia, and Africa.    We stood tall to show that we will not tolerate the regressive politics of fear and hatred.   So began the Activist Year. It is easy to be distracted by the non-sense happening in Washington but we must not lose our focus on the issues that matter.  It is more important than ever to commit to […]
January 19, 2017

Women’s March, Los Angeles – Interview

Surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, scheduled for this Friday, many workshops and marches will be taking place. On Saturday, January 21, there will be a March for Women taking place in Los Angeles. Involved in the organization of this march is the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee. KCSB’s Nkechi Ikem interviews Catherine Swysen, President of Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee. Listen on Soundcloud
December 24, 2016

Post Election: A Letter to Our Grandchildren

By Susan Rose, SBWPC’s Founding Mother: Dear Ben, Cole, Avi and Levi, It was eight years ago that we first volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President.  Like many we longed to see a woman become president, but we supported her for one essential reason- we believed in her ability to govern. On Nov. 8th, our dream collapsed.  Despite the fact that Hillary won the popular national vote, she lost the necessary 270 votes in the electoral college.  Many like ourselves, who had worked so hard on her campaigns, were devastated and wept at the results. Our new national leader is far from what we hoped for or aspired to.  The man elected to be president, Donald Trump, is a […]
November 16, 2016

A Call to Action

Like you, I was hoping to wake up on November 9 with the first woman President -Elect ever.  It was not to be.   Instead, the unimaginable happened:  our nation elected someone whose vision of America runs counter to ours in every respect.   The presidential campaign has also exposed that racism, sexism, and misogyny are still alive and well in America. But this does not represent who we are and must not overshadow our enormous accomplishments.    Almost all the candidates we endorsed in the November 2016 election have been elected.  These are women and men who support our feminist values and will stand up for them in Congress, the State Capitol, the Board of Supervisors, the City Councils, and the District […]