Housing Event Monday, May 7 - plus many more events

We've been asked to spread the word: (from Emily Allen, [email protected])

Our Voices, Our Homes Santa Barbara!

Monday, May 7, 2018 

4 p.m.-6 p.m. (program to begin at 5:15 p.m.) 

Community Room, 721 Laguna St, Presidio Springs, Santa Barbara 

Lead Organization: Joint Cities/County Housing Task Force
Contact: Kathleen Baushke, [email protected]

Attendees will have the opportunity to write letters and postcards to our elected officials in Washington, D.C., in support of federal affordable housing programs. Speakers will share more information about the issue of affordable housing locally and nationally. There will be activities for children as well. Contact Kathleen Baushke for more information.

Over 50 events planned between May 1-8, including in Santa Barbara County.

#OurHomesOurVoices National Housing Week of Action!: ourhomes-ourvoices.org


Here are several other events compiled by the Santa Maria-Lompoc NAACP:

 Santa Maria-Lompoc NAACP CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (From Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, [email protected])


3) Monday, May 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m., monthly NAACP General Membership, UDW Hall, 402 S. Miller, Santa Maria.  Speaker, William Ostrander, candidate for CA 35th Assembly District. 

4) Monday, May 21, 2018, NAACP Lobby Day, Sacramento

5) Saturday, May 26, 2018, 9:30 - 3:30 p.m., Stanford Society of Black Scientists & Engineers, STEM Conference.  More info [email protected] or [email protected].

6) Saturday, June 2, 2018, NAACP ride in Santa Maria Elks Parade.   Contact Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt for more information.

7) Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 6:00 p.m., monthly NAACP General Membership meeting, Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, Lompoc,   Speaker TBA.

8) July 13-18, NAACP National Convention, San Antonio, TX.

9) Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:00 p.m., African American Heritage Night a Dodger Stadium (Dodgers vs. Brewers).  Contact Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt for email and more info.

10) SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, December 1, 2018, NAACP annual FREEDOM FUND Banquet.


1) Tuesday, May 1st, International Day of the Worker& Day of the Immigrant Celebration, 6:00 p.m., Main & Broadway, Santa Maria.  Flyer attached.

2) Thursday, May 10th,  8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Dr. Manuel Pastor, friend of The Fund For Santa Barbara, speak on the topic of his newly-released book, "State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's FutureTrinity Espicopal Church, 1500 State, Santa Barbara.  Those interested, please contact Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, for flyer.

3) Thursday, May 10th, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) North County Roundtable,  Rabobank, Santa Maria.  More information Ken Hough, Executive Director at (805)-563-0463 or [email protected].

4) Thursday, May 17, Democratic Club monthly meeting, IHOP, Santa Maria.  7:00 p.m.   Nomination being accepted for Second Vice-President.   Election 5/17. 

5) Future Leaders of America (FLA) Leadership Camp, ages 13-16, July 15-20 or August 5 -10, 2018,  Camp Whittier.   Application deadline May 4, 2018.   Call FLA Headquarters at (805)-642-6208 for more information.

6) Friday, May 18, 2018, 4:00 P.M., Judge Rogelio Flores Retirement Celebration, Abel Maldonado Youth Center, Santa Maria.   Flyer Attached.

7) Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., SBCAN Looking Forward Awards Dinner & Fundraiser,  Airport Radisson, 3455 Skyway Dr., Santa Maria, CA. 

8) June 20-24, 2018, 66th annual Flower Festival, Ryon Park, Lompoc.   Cassandra Wilkins, Elks Queen candidate.

9)  Friday, June 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 12 a.m., Sophisticated Lady production, An Elegant Evening of Smooth Jazz, Hilton Hotel, 1201 N. H Street, Lompoc.   Tickets $40.00.

10) Saturday, June 30, 2018, 11:00 - 4:00 p.m., House of Pride & Equality 2nd annual Pride Celebration & Resource Fair.   Contact Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt for more info.

11) SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, August 25, 2018, THE FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA, TARDEADA, Mahoney Farm, Santa Maria.

12) SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, October 6, 2018, The Fund For Santa Barbara, 25th annual Bread and Roses, 3-7 p.m., The QUAD, Summerland.


ETHNIC & GENDER STUDIES - a HUGE Shout out to Santa Maria Joint Union High School District and the Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee!!   Ethnic & Gender Studies classes are now being offered at Santa Maria High, Pioneer Valley High, and Righetti High School, FALL 2018!   Students are now selecting their classes and can select from the E&G Studies courses offered. Classes being offered at each school site are attached.  Please make sure your student sign up!