Join us in honoring Deborah Tobola, Poetic Justice Project and others!

We hope you will take a moment to read about Poetic Justice Project, an organization that is helping formerly incarcerated individuals reintegrate into the community, and will join us in honoring them on June 7 along with other members of the community.


            The Poetic Justice Project is helping people transform their lives.

            Deborah Tobola started the local program in 2009 to engage formerly incarcerated youth and adults in original plays that examine crime, punishment and redemption.

            Tobola has a passion for social change, creating art and putting artists before audiences. Through the project, 87 actors have appeared in 12 theatre productions. Many are active in their communities—creating art, mentoring at-risk youth, counseling people coming out of jail and prison, advocating on behalf of indigent people, and studying at Hancock or Cuesta Colleges.

          Several PJP actors have gone on to act in local community theatre productions. One has moved to Chicago to start his own theatre company. Another is the star of a new web TV show. Only three participants have been re-incarcerated in prison.

           Santa Barbara County Action Network invites you to join us in honoring Deborah Tobola & the Poetic Justice Project, Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Laura & Ron Selken, Al Thompson & Peoples' Self-Help Housing at the 2015 North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Santa Maria Inn, 801 S. Broadway, Santa Maria.

           We'll tell you more about the other award winners in future emails.


 Poetic Justice Project will do a short skit.

Betty_Gale300_3639.jpgGale McNeeley, accompanied by Betty Faas on piano, will sing to the award recipients.

ChuckOsborne-edited2w.jpgChuck Osborne will provide the musical ambiance with his electronic accordion.

Dinner tickets purchased by May 31 are $65 per person for members and $70 for non-members. After that, tickets will be $75 for anyone. Please consider becoming a member to support our work.


If you are not already a member, please consider joining SB CAN, a progressive organization working to promote social and economic justice, to preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and to create sustainable communities. SB CAN advocates a holistic approach to community planning that integrates housing, open space, and transportation to meet the needs of all members of our community and future generations.

SB CAN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Memberships and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Click here to become a member. Click here to make a donation.

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Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Thank you,

Ken Hough
SB CAN Executive Director
[email protected]
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