SMCTV wants your input and shows, Mark your calendar for several events

SBCAN Action Alert

January 30, 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.  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.  Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR for a special SBCAN event on working together in this new era, Sunday, March 12 in Santa Barbara
6.  Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR with the NEW DATE for the 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.  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.  Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR for a special SBCAN event on working together in this new era, Sunday, March 12 in Santa Barbara from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We'll give you more details soon.


6.  Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR with the NEW DATE for the 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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