Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee
Member Newsletter - January 2020

From the President's Desk

We Stand for Peace
SBWPC Members,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish you and your families a happy new year. The beginning of 2020 finds us at the center of new and renewed conflict at home and abroad. We are confronted with our deepest fears of an escalation to a war in the middle east.

The Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee stands for peace. Our position paper titled "International Peace and Security" states:

"The 21st century world calls for a feminist approach to global engagement and international relations in order to achieve worldwide peace and security.
Women are disproportionately affected by war and political instability. The majority of refugees are women and children. Additionally, rape and sexual slavery are routinely used as tools of war. War leads to increased rates of domestic violence, child abuse, murder and suicide.

Respect for the fundamental rights of women and support for their economic and social equality are crucial to the security of every nation, including our own, and to the elimination of war and political violence."

In this time of uncertainty, we must stand together to collectively call for peace, for the rule of law, and to stand with our friends and neighbors who may be targeted by conflict occurring in the middle east. We will also stand with our friends and neighbors who serve in the armed forces and who may find themselves in harms way by the actions of an unhinged occupant of the White House.

This is not the time for rest or for armchair activism, please do anything you can to be politically involved in 2020. Whether it is by volunteering on a campaign, making a financial contribution, knocking on doors, registering people to vote, etc. The Women's Political Committee will be hard at work supporting our endorsed candidates - including electing the first woman president, Senator Elizabeth Warren. We will continue to be at the forefront of pushing for a feminist political agenda and holding our elected leaders accountable to our shared feminist values and positions.

Thank you for your continued support, we need each of you and we will be with you every step of the way.


Luz Reyes-Martin
Annual Roe v. Wade Signature Ad
There’s still time to sign on to Planned Parenthood's annual Roe v. Wade Signature Ads in the Santa Barbara Independent. Sign on to pledge to fight for reproductive rights for all in 2020. Sign by 3 PM on January 8!
March with us!
2020 Women's March Santa Barbara
Saturday January 18
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Congratulations to newly sworn in Santa Barbara City Councilmembers!
Congratulations to the following Santa Barbara City Councilmembers, who were sworn in on Tuesday, January 7. We look forward to your leadership on behalf of the people of Santa Barbara!

Meagan Harmon (SBWPC Member)
Oscar Gutierrez (SBWPC Member)
Mike Jordan (SBWPC Member)
Alejandra Gutierrez (SBWPC Member)

"Feminist Voices" Audio Archive
Feminist leaders, activists and writers paint a picture of the movement's history. Hear from activists like Gloria Steinem and artists like Viv Albertine on what the struggle for equal rights has meant to them. Check out all of the audio files at the link below.
Report from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund
"Even where their numbers have increased, there is still vast opportunity for growth in the number of Black women running and winning at all levels of office. These data illuminate that opportunity to expand Black women’s political power, in addition to raising questions about what motivates Black women to run and what conditions facilitate or hinder their success. In an election year where offices will be contested at all levels, evaluating the current status and experiences of Black women in American politics is key to promoting progress." Link to the full report is here
Community Events of Interest
League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara
Equal Means Equal Film Screening