Join the movement & Walk a Mile to end sexual assault & gender-based violence in San Luis Obispo County. Because it happens here, too.
The 15th Annual Walk a Mile in San Luis Obispo features Celebrity Walkers, a vendor fair, Kid Zone, live music by The Monroe & more! To register to walk, sponsor the event, become a vendor, fundraise online, or donate — please visit www.WalkAMileSLO.org.
All proceeds benefit RISE and survivors and families in SLO County.
RISE is hosting Walk a Mile events throughout the County in April:
Arroyo Grande, April 22: https://www.facebook.com/
What is Walk a Mile?
Every year, San Luis Obispo County men, women, & children Walk a Mile to end sexual assault & gender-based violence. These family-friendly events create a safe environment for survivors & supporters to raise awareness for an uncomfortable topic that affects all of us in our community.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence & to educate communities on how to prevent it by promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies, & healthy relationships. Learn more at http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/
People’s Climate March Santa Barbara
Rally begins at 12:00pm
March begins at 1:30pm
***SLO Meet-up for carpooling is at Meadow Park at 9:40 a.m. (2251 Meadow Street. Off of South Street) .
For information on the march: https://actionnetwork.org/events/peoples-climate-march-santa-barbara
From the Organizers:
Thousands will march on Washington DC and around the world on Apr 29th. Here in Santa Barbara, a coalition of environmental justice activists, members of the faith community, as well as labor, youth & service groups, and small businesses are working together to take a stand for climate justice & a clean energy economy! Rally at noon at SBCC Stadium, followed by march to Leadbetter Beach.
The federal administration wants to back out of our international climate agreements by eliminating the Clean Power Plan, despite unprecedented scientific and global consensus on the need to address climate change. We cannot afford to back down now.
We will offer targeted, local actions you can take to support global climateagreements AND take a stand against increased oil development in Santa Barbara County, setting the goal of 100% clean, renewable energy instead. Join us!
Yes, it will be a Rally AND a March!
At 12pm, we will gather at SBCC’s La Playa Stadium to hear updates from local activists on climate change issues, and hear testimonials from members of our local community affected by these issues, including indigenous voices, workers, youth, faith community, small businesses.
1. Postcard Campaign
Throughout the rally, we will be collecting postcards to the County Board of Supervisors, and to the mayors of SB & Goleta, opposing new oil development in Santa Barbara County and asking them to pledge to 100% renewable energy instead. We will present hopefully 1,000s of postcards to Supervisor Das Williams and Mayor Paula Perotte, and Mayor Pro Tem Jason Rodriguez at the event.
2. Personal Climate Pledge
We will all take a verbal pledge to end climate change. If our president refuses to keep the Paris Agreement, then we all must as citizens uphold our own individual Clean Power Plan! A video will be captured of this pledge and spread virally after the event.
At 1:30pm, we will take up our signs and take to the street! We will be lead in chants and drumming as we head across the street and along Cabrillo Blvd to Leadbetter Beach.
We will hear from local indigenous musicians, singers and dancers and will close with a Chumash blessing on the ocean & our coast.
— We strongly encourage people to come “car-free” to this event. The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition will offer abundant bike parking in the stadium parking lot.
— We are seeking many fun volunteer positions for the event. View available shifts: http://
— For event inquiries, media requests or other information, please contact Laura Smith at ClimateRallySB@gmail.com.
We’re giving local workers the night off! Join SLO Progressives this May Day as they host a FREE BBQ dinner in celebration of International Day of Workers and the important role that workers, and unions, play in our community. This event will feature music, dinner and drinks. Optional $8 donation, in honor of the creation of the 8-hour work day. Money raised will benefit California Nurses Foundation and other union related programs.
On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive celebrates its 25th year helping the hungry. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs):
When do I put out the food? On the second Saturday of May, just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. The earlier the better! Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual. Your letter carrier might also have helpers. A good rule of thumb is to have the bags by your mailbox by 9 a.m.
What do you mean by “non-perishable food?” The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry). You also can donate healthy, low-sodium, low-sugar items such as beans, oatmeal and other whole grains, and canola or olive oil.
Is there anything I shouldn’t donate? Please do not donate frozen food, homemade food or home-canned items. Please do not donate items that have expired or are in glass containers. In keeping with good food-handling and food-safety procedures, food that is opened, damaged, out of code or does not have the official ingredients included will be discarded by the food bank in the sorting process.
I put food out and it wasn’t picked up. Why not? Letter carriers try to touch every single mail box in America during the Food Drive, but the fact is that we do admittedly miss some. The Food Drive takes place in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America. It’s an effort to raise national awareness about the real, ongoing problem of hunger in every community, and it’s a sincere attempt to use our unique delivery network to do something about it. Please note, though, that participation is strictly voluntary, and no system is perfect—oversights will occur. If your donation is not picked up, contact your local post office or simply place your donation by your mailbox on Monday instead. (Letter carriers will be picking up missed donations on Monday, too.) And of course, your local food banks and pantries will gratefully accept your donation in person. In any case, we are deeply thankful for your generosity and are truly sorry for any inconvenience.
Do I need to use a special bag? No! No special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet (in the rain, etc.). Cloth bags or boxes are also fine. So it’s your choice. And most bags and boxes can be easily recycled. Your letter carrier will gladly take anything you leave out!
I received a special Food Drive bag in the mail; do I have to use only that bag? You can if you want to, but any old bag is just fine. (See above.)
I hear that some people got special Food Drive bags in the mail but I didn’t get one. What gives? A number of letter carrier locals have entered partnerships with sponsors to provide specially marked “Food Drive” bags that get mailed to customers. These sponsorships help defray the costs associated with making the bags and mailing them. Plus, some sponsors have also backed bag distributions as well in certain regions of the country. So bag distribution isn’t national—at least not yet. And you can always use your own bags or boxes.
Does every letter carrier take part in the Food Drive? As much as we would like every letter carrier to take part—and a sizable majority of them do—some letter carriers as well as some post offices opt not to take part in the national Food Drive, for a variety of reasons. Note that letter carrier participation in the Food Drive is strictly voluntary.
How do I know whether my local letter carrier or post office is taking part in the Food Drive? Just call your local post office and ask to speak to your local food drive person.
Can I donate pet food, too? The Food Drive is primarily a people-food food drive, but if you also want to give pet food in addition to your regular donation, food banks may be able to distribute or direct it to pet shelters and organizations in the area that have a need.
Can I donate baby food, too? Yes, but please do not donate any form of individual baby food products (including formula, jarred vegetables and fruits, meals, snacks, infant cereal). Baby food may be donated by the case or pallet, but single item donations present potential contamination risks and special handling requirements.
Can I donate toiletries or other personal care items, too? The Food Drive is primarily, well, a food drive, but if you also want to give personal care items (such as diapers, laundry detergent, soap, toilet paper and household cleaning items) in addition to your regular donation, food banks may be able to distribute or put them to good use with organizations that also provide help to those in need. Please note that not all food banks will be able to accept these items.
Does my food donation stay local? Yes—all food stays in your local community. It’s not shipped off to some regional distribution center hundreds of miles away. If you want to know where your donation is going, call your local post office and ask to speak to your local food drive person.
Are my donations tax-deductible? All donations to the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive are tax-deductible because all of the food collected on Food Drive Day is given directly to non-profit charity food agencies in the community the food was collected. Though the National Association of Letter Carriers plans the Food Drive’s logistics and letter carriers provide the transportation for each donor’s generous donation, the National Association of Letter carriers is not the agency that gets listed on tax forms for claiming deductions. There are more than 10,000 food agencies throughout the country that receive these donations, so if you itemize your taxes and want to provide proper credit for your Food Drive donations, you will need to determine the name of the agency (food pantry or other charity) that received your food, as well as the agency’s address and tax identification number for proper reporting on your tax-filing forms. The Food Drive Coordinator at your local post office (click here for a post office locator) should be able to give you the name of the receiving agency, and that agency will likely have tax information handy.
How can I help out (besides donating food)? If you would like to volunteer with food distribution and sorting, or in any other capacity, call your local post office and ask to speak to the local food drive person there. Many food banks have a great need for volunteers on Food Drive Day as well as all throughout the year.
When will we know the results of this year’s drive? All locals must have their results mailed in to the Letter Carriers’ national headquarters in Washington, DC, by the end of May. Typically, the tabulated results are expected to be revealed sometime in mid-June.
GROW Dems Information Meeting 2:00 pm
GROW Dems Information Meeting @ SLO County Democratic Headquarters
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Join us for an informational meeting for GROW Dems of San Luis Obispo County. The mission of GROW Dems is to win elections and build the Democratic Party. We recruit, train, and facilitate Neighborhood Volunteers[...]
Paso Democratic Club Meeting 6:30 pm
March For Science SLO 10:00 am
27th Annual SLO County Earth Day Fair & Music Festival 11:00 am
27th Annual SLO County Earth Day Fair & Music Festival @ El Chorro Regional Park
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Earth Day Alliance is hosting the 27th Annual SLO County Earth Day Fair & Music Festival on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Enjoy food and beverages from local businesses, meet new members of the community,[...]
Salud Carbajal Citizens’ Summons – Town Hall Event 5:00 pm
Salud Carbajal Citizens’ Summons – Town Hall Event @ Pacheco Elementary School
Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tickets are now SOLD OUT. SLO Progressives will be holding a Citizens’ Summons, town-hall style event where we the people will express what we’d like our representative to do in Congress. The event will focus[...]
Candidate Forum with Eric Bauman 7:30 pm
Candidate Forum with Eric Bauman @ SLO County Democratic Headquarters
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come join the Stonewall Democrats as we talk to LA County Democratic Party Chairmen and California Democratic Party Vice Chairmen Eric Bauman about his vision for the California Democratic Party. Eric has had a long[...]
Single Payer Healthcare for CA – SB 562’s 1st Vote
Single Payer Healthcare for CA – SB 562’s 1st Vote
Apr 26 all-day
The first vote on Healthy California Act, SB 562 Sacramento Rally: https://www.facebook.com/events/1836521789706619/
SLO U40 – Why RACE Matters 6:15 pm
SLO County Progressives Democratic Club Monthly Meeting 5:30 pm
SLO County Progressives Democratic Club Monthly Meeting @ San Luis Obispo Grange Hall
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm