Lompoc City Mayor and School Board (at-large) Candidate Forum

As a service to the community, the American Association of University Women Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch, a non partisan organization committed to equity for all, is hosting an candidate forum for the at-large offices of Lompoc Mayor and the two year term of School Board Member. The community is invited to meet all candidates at 6:00 followed by the forum at 6:30. The event will be held in person at City Hall (100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc), streamed on TAP TV and via Zoom Webinar with live interpretation so that the entire community can participate. Registration is requested.

Working Together for Transformative Change: Our Nonprofit Sector’s Role in Advancing Regional Equity

In our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, and the destructive impacts of climate change, we recognize that the road to recovery cannot lead us back to the old normal. Whether a direct service provider, an advocacy group, or community foundation, we each have a role to play in advancing social change. How can we support one another in advancing equity within our organizations, our nonprofit sector, and the broader community?

The Central Coast Regional Equity Initiative aims to unify community groups, researchers, local government, and philanthropic organizations in a shared regional vision of equity that recognizes the unique struggles and aspirations of the Central Coast’s peoples and communities. Join The Fund for Santa Barbara and NPRN for the first event in a series of community engagement sessions centered on building a collective framework and action-agenda rooted in equity, sustainability, and justice.

This first community building session will highlight key findings of inequity facing Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties from the initiative’s first report, Towards and Just and Equitable Central Coast, and serve as a space for community groups to come together to discuss addressing and advocating for equity within the Central Coast.

Ethnic Studies Film Festival

The Chicano/Latino studies students at Santa Maria High School are excited to invite all district students to an event at SMHS. There we will have films that showcase BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) in film. We will also have amazing food like Pupusas, Filipino food, and Aguas Frescas. We encourage all students to join us. The event will take place April 8th from 1 – 4pm.

Central Coast Regional Equity Study: Towards a Just and Equitable Central Coast

The Central Coast Regional Equity Study marks a critical first step toward initiating and framing equity-centered conversations in policy advocacy and community organizing, with research and analysis of equity indicators related to the social, economic, civic, and environmental well-being of our rapidly diversifying Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties region. Guided by a transformative vision rooted in equity, sustainability, and justice, together we offer this initiative’s first report, Towards a Just and Equitable Central Coast, with the hope that it serves as a starting point for discussion about the region’s racial, economic, environmental, and political inequities.

Please join The Fund for Santa Barbara, UCSB Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy and the USC Equity Research Institute for the live- streamed launch of the Regional Equity Initiative.

The ChangeMakers! Agentes de Cambio!

Hosted by the Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in dual languages: the ChangeMakers is a live virtual celebration of women leaders making positive change in our communities, state and nation featuring:
*ChangeMaker – Ms. Dolores Huerta, Founder and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers, Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
*ChangeMaker – California Senator Monique Limón, representing the 19th Senate district that includes all of Santa Barbara County and over half of Ventura County, served previously as State Assemblymember for the District 37 chaired the Banking and Finance Committee and was the Vice-Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus
*ChangeMakers -The Simmons Sisters – Azyiah, Amia and Maliah Simmons, singer songwriters and students who all attended Lompoc High School in 2020, winners of the Hamilton Education contest and nominated for the 2021 Lompoc Peace Prize

Take a Stance! Nonprofit Civic Engagement & The Ballot Box

Your organization’s reputation and trusted constituency are important components of civic engagement, especially in an election year! Learn how and why nonprofits can–and should!–harness the power of political engagement and vote with their missions. As trusted community-based institutions, nonprofits serve as effective educational guideposts for the electorate, lending their unique insight into the issues and amplifying the voices of their constituencies.

Join us for an afternoon of dialogue and action, as Geoff Green, CEO of SBCC Foundation and Board Member of the California Association of Nonprofits, sets the stage of the current social and political climate and how nonprofits can be involved. This introduction is followed by an informational presentation on the ins and outs of what nonprofits can and can’t do when engaging in political work by Nona Randois, CA Director for the Alliance for Justice Bolder Advocacy Project. For the second half of the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to select a break-out discussion that gives them a deeper dive into the following subjects:

“Endorsement Mechanics: Internal Policies & Processes” – using the FUND’s endorsement process as an example, discuss how your organization might navigate taking a stance this November–and beyond! With Stanley Tzankov, FUND’s Capacity Building Manager.
“Consider the Landscape: Anticipate & Address Your Constituency’s Needs” – discuss possible considerations before, during, and after you take a stance in an election or legislation. Assessing the risks and benefits and balancing the needs of allied organizations, donors, and other key stakeholders can be challenging but ultimately an important part of advancing your mission. With Geoff Green.
“Bolder Advocacy: Q&A on the Do’s and Don’ts for Elections, Advocacy & Lobbying for Nonprofits” – empower yourself with information on how to safely and boldly engage in the political sphere. With Nona Randois.