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February 17, 2021

Celebrate Black History Month! Exciting Events Coming Up!

I invite you to celebrate Black History Month this February by furthering your learning, strengthening your support for racial justice, and supporting local events. There is still time to tune in for many upcoming virtual events in our local community in celebration of Black History Month. Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell as our keynote speaker for this year’s Presidents’ Circle Event. Mark your calendars to join us virtually on March 11th at 5:30 PM. Our candidate development committee has planned a workshop regarding appointed Boards and Commissions. Join us for “Connecting your Passions to Politics” on April 10th. More information and registration information coming soon. Thank you for your continued support of […]
February 4, 2021

Interview with Hannah Beth Jackson

December 16, 2020 (Via ZOOM) Interviewers: Jeany Elson, Leslie McGorman, and Leslie Brtek, Legislation & Advocacy Committee SBWPC interviewers conducted this interview after Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson had retired, so we began our conversation by extending gratitude for her years of service and her distinguished legacy. (Senate staffer Lysa Markey helped facilitate the scheduling.) Mentoring and Staff Diversity: As in years past, Sen. Jackson prioritized achieving a staff that reflects the diversity of our community – not only in terms of gender, but racial and ethnic diversity, as well as diversity of sexual orientation and identity. Sen. Jackson expressed a strong belief that diversity in experience brings richness to legislative and in-district work. This year, she continued to have women and […]
February 4, 2021

2020 Interview with Congressmember Carbajal

Interviewers: Lucille Boss, Laura Piña, Leslie BrtekJanuary 20, 2021 This interview took place the day after the Biden-Harris inauguration, just two weeks following the invasion of the Capitol building. Members of Congress had been encouraged to stay in their offices unless part of the certification process on January 6, 2021 in order to maintain physical distancing protocols due to COVID-19. Rep. Carbajal, his wife, and staff were in his office during the invasion and remained safe while observing the proceedings and news on office television. He assured us the FBI was investigating the failed coup attempt and extremists and white supremacists incited by the 45th President and his allies. 2020 Successes: Rep. Carbajal noted most of his bills made it […]
January 8, 2021

Response to Siege on the US Capitol

SBWPC Members – Yesterday, I had planned to send a communication to celebrate the Senate victories in Georgia. However, I watched the news yesterday in complete horror at the events unfolding in our nation’s Capitol. Congress convened to fulfill their Constitutional duty to confirm the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. In the midst of what should have been a ceremonial event, some Representatives and Senators planned to state their objections in a last attempt to overturn the will of the people and cast unfounded doubt on the Election. And outside, we witnessed the sitting President of the United States incite his followers to lay siege to the Capitol. This act of insurrection led to the deaths of at […]