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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 […]
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 […]
September 30, 2016

In the Fall Spirit

I cannot believe that we are already in October!  Election Day is only a month away.  This year’s elections are critical at the local, state and national levels.   There is so much at stake and we must make sure that our voices are heard and our feminist agenda put forward . We could not fulfill our mission to endorse the candidacies of women and men who support our positions and promote a feminist agenda without the hard work and the dedication of the Elections & Appointments Committee and its Candidate Assessment Teams (CATs).  Under the leadership of its co-chairs, Elsa Granados and Carol Keator, E&A has considered 21 electoral races and five measures and propositions. Our endorsements can be found […]

From SBWPC Members and Other Voices from the Community

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 […]
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 […]
October 2, 2016

Political Canvassing 101

By Anna Everett:  My Surprisingly Affirming if Exhausting First Time Out During this crucial election cycle, I am happy to share some of my interesting experiences as a first time participant in a get out the vote neighborhood canvassing effort for my locally organized political campaign efforts. Let me just begin by saying that now is the time for all good citizens to come to the aid of our country in this pivotal moment by getting involved in local political processes, as I did a few days ago. I am talking specifically about door-to-door neighborhood canvassing. It was my initiation into participatory democracy beyond diligent voting. Try it! I know you will like what you find and be a convert […]

 

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