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

From the President's Desk

Voting is more critical than ever
SBWPC Members,

Our local and national races are beginning to ramp up. Now is the time to start talking with friends and neighbors about the importance of voting and making sure they are registered to vote. The Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee will be working hard to inform our community of our endorsed candidates up and down the ballot.

Voting rights are a national issue and we will work to support efforts to protect voting rights. This month we join local partner organizations to co-sponsor an event with Nancy Abudu, Deputy Legal Director, Voting Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center. She will be describing strategies to move from voter suppression to equal protection. More information is listed below. We hope you will join us.

The decisions that are made at every level of government affect our daily lives and the prosperity of our communities. It is critical that we protect and expand voting rights throughout our country. In our community, make sure you vote in local elections. Be informed of issues before your local City Council. SBWPC has a rigorous process for vetting and endorsing feminist candidates. Support our endorsed candidates to further a feminist agenda and make a contribution to SBWPC to help us continue this work.

The Board of SBWPC will consider endorsements for races in the March 2020 Primary at an endorsement meeting on Thursday, December 12 . More information on the meeting will be shared with members in the upcoming weeks.


Adelante/Onward,


Luz Reyes-Martín
President
SBWPC stands with Climate Activists
The Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee has a platform of positions in many areas. One of these areas is "The Environment". We believe that "the right to a clean environment is the right of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic status."

This is why we stand with climate activists around the world who are seeking environmental justice and clear action on the climate crisis.

Those who gathered for the Climate Strike Santa Barbara heard that SBWPC believes climate action is a feminist issue!

Learn more about our position on The Environment and more on our website.
The City of Goleta has taken a stand against hatred with the adoption of a resolution condemning White Nationalism and White Supremacy. This resolution, requested by Councilmember James Kyriaco and supported by Mayor Paula Perotte was considered at their October 15th meeting. It was unanimously approved.

Part of the resolution reads:

WHEREAS , Goleta welcomes immigrants, visitors and residents of all
national origins, ethnicities, religious beliefs, gender and racial identities, sexual
orientations and creeds; and

WHEREAS , the tenets of White Supremacy and White Nationalism are
contrary to the values of the City of Goleta, and the ideals of the United States of
America; and

WHEREAS , the people of the City of Goleta reject perpetrators of hate
crimes and White Nationalism and White Supremacy, and their threat to public
discourse and safety.

Thank you to our SBWPC endorsed candidates Councilmember James Kyriaco, Mayor Paula Perotte, Councilmember Kyle Richards and Councilmember Stuart Kasdin for your leadership and support.
This is What a Feminist Looks Like
Upcoming SBWPC Events
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SBWPC is arranging a bus and group tickets to see "What the Constitution Means to Me"- the Broadway Tony nominated play by Heidi Schreck. More info coming soon!

Direct from Broadway, where it received the 2019 Tony® nomination for Best Play, What the Constitution Means to Me arrives at the Taper for a limited engagement. This boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women. Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. Now, the Obie Award winner recalls her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship. This hilarious, hopeful, and “achingly human” (Exeunt Magazine) exploration is directed by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler.

What the Constitution Means to Me
Sunday, February 2, 2020
1 PM Matinee
Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles

Voting Rights Today: Strategies to Move from Voter Suppression to Equal Protection
Featured Speaker: Nancy Abudu, Deputy Legal Director, Voting Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center
Wednesday, October 30
6:45 - 8:30 pm
Parish Hall, Unitarian Society of SB, 1535 Santa Barbara Street

SBWPC in partnership with League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara, American Association of University Women/Santa Barbara and Goleta Chapter, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers and the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara.

Support our endorsed candidate for Santa Barbara City Council, Alejandra Gutierrez!

Save the Date!
Cosmopolitics 2019
Tuesday, December 10, 2019