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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 […]
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 […]
April 24, 2015

For the purposes of this position paper, the definition of “Transgender” includes all people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with the sex assigned at birth. The Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, in advocating full equality for women, is dedicated to the inclusiveness of transgender women’s rights as a fundamental component of that advocacy. Transgender women are oppressed on the basis of both gender and gender non-normativity, and trans women of color suffer further bias on the basis of race. Trans women face discrimination in jobs, military service and housing, and are threatened with violence more than any other gender or sexual minority. We strive to foster respect and understanding of transgender women’s gender […]
March 9, 2011

Lesbian Rights

The Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, in advocating full equality for women, is dedicated to the inclusiveness of lesbian rights as a fundamental component of that advocacy. Lesbians are oppressed on the basis of both gender and sexual orientation, and lesbians of color suffer further bias on the basis of race. Lesbians face discrimination in jobs, military service and housing, experience “gay bashing,” and have the lowest health services utilization rates. Among adolescents, gay and transgender teens have the highest suicide rate. Lesbians may lose custody of their children and are denied many social and economic benefits of legally sanctioned domestic partnerships. We strive to foster respect and understanding of lesbians’ sexual orientation and culture and to work for their […]