Stay-At-Home to the Work Continues

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 and ongoing electoral work. All of that has come to a screeching halt and we find ourselves in a completely new world.

We are all faced with a diverse range of experiences and responses. In my case, I find myself having to keep up with a demanding, full-time job, a fulfilling elected role, and full-time caregiver and educator for my two children. My spouse is 100% a partner – and yet it is still an incredible load to bear. We are grateful to have jobs that allow us to work from home and that we are healthy and together. For many others in our community, folks are separated from their loved ones, they might have been laid off from work, or they are working single parents. This is a time to exercise our compassion, patience, and understanding with one another. Our SBWPC community is strong and I know we are all here to support each other. If you find yourself needing anything – support, assistance in finding a community resource, or just need fellow feminists to connect with – we are here for you .

And the work continues! Even though we are living through a pandemic, election day still looms. We can’t keep our eyes off of the important races that will be on the ballot in November. If there is anything this crisis has shown us all, it is that we need responsible, decisive, and intelligent leadership. We are sorely lacking this in our Federal government – but we’ve seen it locally. We’ve seen Governors, Mayors, City Councilmembers, County Supervisors, School Board Members and more working hard to ensure that their communities are safe. It’s important to recognize these leaders – support them when they are on the ballot and build the pipeline for emerging feminist leaders. Thank you to our local leaders throughout Santa Barbara County – many of which are SBWPC endorsed candidates and strong feminist leaders.

As email, social media, and video conferencing become our primarily methods of communication, you will see more information being shared on our Facebook page, website and via email. There is much to share about upcoming elections, including our research on races outside of our area. There are many important races with feminist leaders to watch!

Stay heathy, safe, and home,

Luz Reyes-Martin