From the President’s Desk

The latest news from Luz Reyes-Martín, the President of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee…

  • International Women’s Day

    March 8, 2021
    SBWPC Members, This month we celebrate Women’s History and today we celebrate International Women’s Day! International Women’s Day is powered by the collective efforts of all From the International Women’s Day website: Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women’s Day impactful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The ...
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  • Celebrate Black History Month! Exciting Events Coming Up!

    February 17, 2021
    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 ...
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  • Response to Siege on the US Capitol

    January 8, 2021
    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 ...
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  • Feminist Voter Guide

    September 26, 2020
    SBWPC Members, There is quite a lot to share with you this month. But I must start by saying the words that are heavy on my heart today: Breonna Taylor Breonna Taylor deserved justice, she did not get it. She deserved better. Black women deserve better. We must do better to seek justice and reaffirm that Black Lives ...
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  • 84 Days to Go…

    August 12, 2020
    SBWPC Members, As of August 11, there are 84 days to go until election day. We’ve heard over and over that this election will be the most important election of our lives. We know what is at stake. So the question must be – what are we going to do to ensure that on November 4th, ...
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  • Stay-At-Home to the Work Continues

    April 7, 2020
    SBWPC Members, I had hoped to get this newsletter out to our members sooner – but if there is anything COVID-19 has shown us it is that all our carefully laid plans are out the window! It’s hard to imagine that just a few short weeks ago, we were full speed ahead planning for upcoming events ...
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  • Getting to Work

    March 18, 2019
    The Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee kicked off 2019 with a visible presence at the Women’s March Santa Barbara, our Annual Membership Meeting and with a Board Retreat. At the Women’s March, I was proud to represent SBWPC and speak about our feminist values and our determination to continue to persist in the face of relentless ...
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  • Off to a strong start in 2019!

    January 23, 2019
    I wish you all a Happy New Year and Welcome to 2019! I am humbled and honored to lead, along with our Board of Directors, the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee into its 31st year. I am constantly inspired by their passion and commitment to feminist values. Thank you for being a member and supporting the ...
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Columns by Former SBWPC President Catherine Swysen

  • Thirty Years, The Mid-Term Election and Beyond

    December 29, 2018
    Dear Members: 2018 was a landmark year for SBWPC as we celebrated “30 Years of Feminism: From Marching in the Street to a Seat at the Table.”  Thirty years ago, our founding members organized to bring feminist consciousness into the political discourse. They understood that feminist, progressive women needed to take a seat at the table, ...
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  • Year Two of the Resistance: Let’s Keep our Eyes on the Prize – A Seat at the Table

    January 19, 2018
    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. ...
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  • Let’s Be Bold for Change

    April 10, 2017
    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 ...
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  • A Call to Action

    November 16, 2016
    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 ...
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  • In the Fall Spirit

    September 30, 2016
    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 ...
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