Public TV meeting tonight in SM, Rally in SM Friday, Grant & King singing in SB Feb 15, and more

SBCAN Action Alert

February 2, 2017

1.  Santa Maria Community Television seeks more producers and help with fundraising during a meeting at the Media Center, 910 South Oakwood Drive, Santa Maria on Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.
2. Santa Maria Arab and Muslim Association 
will hold a rally Friday, February 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the corner of Main and Broadway in Santa Maria
3. CAUSE’s very first Millennial Committee 
meeting will be Friday, February 2, at 6pm at the UDW Hall/CAUSE office, 402 S. Miller, Santa Maria
4.  SBCAN presents "A Century of Song - Still Going Strong with Charlie King and Bev Grant,
Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at Unity Santa Barbara, 227 W. Arrellaga
5.  CAUSE is hiring

MARK YOUR CALENDAR -- NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND --

1. CAUSE will hold an Immigrants Rights meeting Wednesday, February 8 at 5 p.m. at the UDW Hall/CAUSE Office, 402 S. Miller, Santa Maria
2.  SBCAN North County Roundtable meets 6 p.m. Thursday, February 9 at the Cornerstone Community Meeting Room, corner of Jones Street at 705 S. McClelland, Santa Maria
3.  SBCAN South County Roundtable meets noon Friday, February 10 at Rabobank, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 33 Carrillo St. (corner of Anacapa Street), Santa Barbara
4.  BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION Saturday, February 18, from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 1150 W. Foster Road, Santa Maria
5.  A GREAT SBCAN event on working together in this new era, Sunday, March 12 in Santa Barbara
6.  2017 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner: Sunday, June 11 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria

1.  Santa Maria Community Television seeks more producers and help with fundraising during a meeting at the Media Center, 910 South Oakwood Drive, Santa Maria.on Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.

A message from Jeanne Sparks, SMCTV Board Member:

Would you like more publicity for your nonprofit organization? Would you like to produce your own show? Do you have fundraising ideas?

Santa Maria Community Television is holding a special meeting on Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. to encourage greater participation in the free, public access channel that is cablecast on Comcast Channel 25 and to discuss ways to raise more funds to keep the facility open to the public.

The public access station features a three-camera studio that can be used free of charge by any nonprofit organization or individual who wishes to produce local cable television programming. (You only have to pay an annual membership fee of $25.) 

The station is facing a funding shortfall and a decline in programming that it needs to turn around.

As an SMCTV board member, I ask you to meet with me, the other board members, the staff and the current producers to brainstorm ways to help improve the station’s financial situation and increase its local programming. I also invite you to join SMCTV and begin producing your own local shows.

Light refreshments will be available. Please let me know if you are able to attend by emailing me at Jeanne@sbcan.org.

Hope to see you Thursday!

Jeanne Sparks

2. Santa Maria Arab and Muslim Association will hold a rally Friday, February 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the corner of Main and Broadway in Santa Maria

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Message from Abraham Melendez of CAUSE:

Hasan Murshed, Yahya Murshed and Wajdi Ahmed from the Santa Maria Arab and Muslim Association will hold a Rally this Friday 2/3 from 4-6pm on the corner of Main & Broadway. They have reached out to us because they want to join in the fight against injustice and are looking forward to joining our North County Coalition. I will personally be assisting them in everything I can and encourage everyone to help our Arab & Muslim sisters and brothers in these troubling times. Trump has shown that he is willing to violate all of our rights; it is time to unite with ALL of our allies and STAND-UP for each other.

Let me know if you are interested in assisting or if you have any questions, I will be coordinating our side to help and advising them on the steps we learned from our past Rallies. 

Contact abraham@causenow.org

3. CAUSE’s very first Millennial Committee meeting will be Friday, February 2, at 6pm at the UDW Hall/CAUSE office, 402 S. Miller, Santa Maria

If you consider yourself a millennial or young adult feel free to come on by and help shape the work we will tackle in the coming months. Snacks will be provided.

Contact abraham@causenow.org


4.  SBCAN presents "A Century of Song - Still Going Strong with Charlie King and Bev Grant, Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at Unity Santa Barbara, 227 W. Arrellaga. Suggested donation: $20 at the door

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After 40 years of friendship and mutual admiration Bev Grant and Charlie King are joining forces and taking it on the road. Both grew up in singing families and share roots in the musical and political uproar of the 1960s. With Bev’s powerful guitar work, Charlie’s haunting harmonica accompaniment and a rich array of vocal leads and harmonies they present a repertoire of songs that stands the test of time. It’s a show not to be missed.

Bev Grant is a veteran social activist, feminist, and labor singer-songwriter. She founded and directs the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus. Bev grew up singing and playing in Portland OR. After moving to New York City she devoted herself to topical songwriting and social activism, notably in her band The Human Condition. Her song “We Were There,” written for her multi-media performance piece of the same name, has become an anthem of women in the labor movement.

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for over 40 years. 

Anne Feeney says, “Bev Grant has been a constant source of inspiration… a brilliant feminist with a true rock and roll heart. What’s not to love?” 
Peggy Seeger says, "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I'd be less worried," and Tom Paxton adds, "Luckily, we have him!"
http://www.bevgrant.com/ http://www.charlieking.org/

5. CAUSE IS HIRING

CAUSE is looking for a bilingual Community Organizer to work with its Immigrant and High School communities.

Link to the job posting here:

https://causenow.org/article/santa-maria-organizer


MARK YOUR CALENDAR -- NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND --


1. CAUSE will hold an Immigrants Rights meeting Wednesday, February 8 at 5 p.m. at the UDW Hall/CAUSE Office, 402 S. Miller, Santa Maria

If you are interested in immigration work (or are part of CAUSE's new Immigration Sub-committee) Hazel Davalos will be facilitating an Immigrants Rights meeting. They will discuss things like safe haven policies, citizenship workshops and creating our immigration text alert system. 

Contact Hazel Davalos: hazel@causenow.org


2.  SBCAN North County Roundtable meets 6 p.m. Thursday, February 9 at the Cornerstone Community Meeting Room, corner of Jones Street at 705 S. McClelland, Santa Maria      


3.  SBCAN South County Roundtable meets noon Friday, February 10 at Rabobank, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 33 Carrillo St. (corner of Anacapa Street), Santa Barbara


4.  BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION Saturday, February 18, from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 1150 W. Foster Road, Santa Maria

The Black History Month Celebration theme is “BLACK HISTORY: A LEGACY OF STRENGTH, ROOTED IN THE PAST, MANY CULTURES, ALL SIZES, ALL COLORS, CELEBRATING DIVERSITY.” Doug Moore, Executive Director of UDW and AFSCME International Vice-President, is the keynote speaker.  

Invited dignitaries including Congressman Salud Carbajal representing the 24th Congressional District, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, representing the 19th District and other local government officials have been asked to bring greetings. Additionally, the celebration will feature music, poetry, and dance from various groups/individuals in the Santa Maria and Santa Ynez Valley.

Black History month is observed every February. The celebration began in 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson “was disturbed to find in his studies that history largely ignored the black American population-and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.”  The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of the nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (February 14), a self-liberated slave. 

The Celebration is free and open to the public; however, ALL ATTENDEES wishing to receive a free meal MUST contact NAACP President, Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt at (805)-448-7869, UDW Regional Coordinator, Yesenia DeCasaus (805)-349-9656 (o), 951-522-7886 ©, Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley President, Connie Ford (805)-878-8987, or Lompoc Valley Democratic Club President, Janet Blevins (805)-717-4160, to reserve a meal.

The North County Coalition is collaborating to celebrate Black History month. The coalition consists of the Santa Maria-Lompoc Branch of the National Association For The Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN), United Domestic Workers (UDW), Central Coast Alliance For A Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), Democratic Club Of Santa Maria Valley, Conflict Solutions Center and the Lompoc Valley Democratic Club.


5.  Our special SBCAN event on working together in this new era is coming together, and it's GREAT(Gathering Resistance and Effective Activism Together). 

Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at El Paseo Restaurant, 10 El Paseo, Santa Barbara. We'll give you more details soon.


6.  2017 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner: Sunday, June 11 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria. 

We will recognize five outstanding individuals or organizations from the North County during our annual dinner in Santa Maria. 

Award Categories

1.  Social Justice Award – For promoting fairness, tolerance, equality, respect and compassion for all people in our community.
2.  Environmental Protection and Sustainability Award – For valuing, protecting, and preserving our natural resources and environment.
3.  Giving Back to the Community Award – For giving back selflessly to the community through volunteer activities and community projects.
4.  Working Families Award - For helping working families to obtain affordable health care, housing, educational and job opportunities; or to improve wages, benefits, working conditions, and worker rights.
5.  “Looking Forward” Award – For strong leadership and vision in community building, civic engagement, and improving the quality of life in our community.


If you haven't renewed your membership, or you haven't been a member before, please read the following letter from SBCAN President Margaret Connell and renew, or sign up, now:

Now, more than ever before, given this new and challenging national political climate, is the time to nurture our strong local network of progressive folks to create bridges between environmental and social justice activism.

For fifteen years Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) has been the preeminent non-profit organization working on both sustainability and social justice issues throughout the county. We have many partner organizations, to be sure, but we always strive to be countywide and working on a wide range of progressive issues—especially looking for issues that might fall through the cracks otherwise.

With increasing competition for foundation support, we are all the more reliant on our members, major donors, and fundraisers. Therefore, we hope that you will make a membership donation that suits your budget and helps SBCAN continue its educational and advocacy role.

If you can, please consider becoming a major donor with a contribution of $500 or more.

It is easy to contribute here.

If you prefer to mail a check, please send it payable to SBCAN, P.O. Box 6174, Santa Maria, CA 93456. Please see Membership Application below or click here for a pdf version.

Sincerely,

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Margaret Connell, President

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