Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee
Member Newsletter - July 2019

From the President's Desk

Gearing up for the Fall
SBWPC Members,

The Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee is gearing up for the Fall with our upcoming Endorsement Meeting and several events coming up in August. More information on these events is listed below.

A reminder that SBWPC takes its endorsement process very seriously and we stand by the integrity of the process. Member and Board volunteers serve on Candidate Assessment Teams to evaluate candidates based on our position papers and their feminist values. Endorsements are just the first step – we need your support to provide the financial support candidates need to run a strong, effective campaign. Consider updating your membership or making a donation to SBWPC to help in this cause.

In July, SBWPC participated in the national Lights for Liberty event. This was a powerful gathering of hundreds of members of our community. We stood together to reflect on what is happening to families and children on our borders and demand that our national leaders put an end to family separate and to the internment of migrants. It was my honor to speak on behalf of our organization. As an immigrant and a mother, I cannot imagine the horror of the conditions children are subjected to in these camps. We urge our members to continue to be involved with local immigrant rights organizations.

Adelante/Onward,


Luz Reyes-Martín
President
Fall 2019 Endorsement Meeting


At the August 14, 2019 Board Meeting we will hear reports from Candidate Assessment Teams regarding consideration of endorsements for candidates running for Santa Barbara City Council on November 5, 2019. Seats in Districts 1, 2, 3, and 6 may be considered.

We welcome your input and participation in our endorsement process.

Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee Board of Directors
Endorsement Meeting
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
5:45 PM
2707 State Street
(enter parking lot on Alamar Street)

Endorsement meetings are open to members only. Click  HERE  to update your membership. If you are not sure if you are an active member, respond to this email and we will verify.

Another Mass Shooting

As this newsletter was being finalized, news came in about a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. The Garlic Festival is a proud annual tradition. It is festive and well attended by tourists, residents, families, etc. To think that this shooting took place amidst this joyful summer event is truly heartbreaking.

This is, of course, not the first mass shooting at a community event - and, sadly, it will not be the last. The Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee mourns for those who were killed and all that are affected. We reaffirm our call for policymakers at every level of government to do all they can to reduce gun violence.

Like you, we are tired of "Thoughts and Prayers" - When will it be enough?
Upcoming SBWPC Events
Feminists: What Were They Thinking?

Film Screening presented by the SBWPC ERA Committee

It’s About Identity. It’s About Transformation. It’s About Time.
What does it take to truly change? Is our culture finally ready to accept the full humanity of women?

Feminists –What Were They Thinking? ignites the dialogue past, present and into the future through the powerful medium of film.

Join us for a FREE film screening and discussion. Celebrate an early Women’s Equality Day with SBWPC.

Saturday, August 10
2 - 4 PM
Santa Barbara College of Law
20 East Victoria, Santa Barbara

Goleta Friendraiser
Thursday, August 15
Home of SBWPC President Luz Reyes-Martin
RSVP to eborah@cox.net for address

Join us for a lovely evening of catching up on what SBWPC is working on - invite your feminist friends who are interested in SBWPC.