From DSA Santa Barbara <[email protected]>
Subject Steering Committee Elections, Ballot Updates, and more!
Date September 23, 2020 1:12 AM
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** Upcoming events
Chapter Elections
Thursday, September 24, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30PM as we elect a new steering committee! Here are the declared candidates:

2020 Declared Steering Committee Candidates ([link removed])

Only dues paying DSA members will be able to vote. If you aren’t yet a member, sign up! ([link removed])

We will also give updates on our Yes on 15 campaign, labor and tenant organizing, upcoming reading groups, and discuss plans for a November election voter guide.
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November Ballot Recommendations
Thursday, October 1, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

With ballots dropping just a few days after October 1, we will be meeting to go over all the propositions and local races with the purpose of making a DSA SB voter guide. California elections are always confusing, so this will be a good opportunity to get to know what’s on the ballot while we vote on recommendations to make our positions clear to fellow Democratic Socialists in Santa Barbara.
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To help with our recommendations, CSEA 289 (union representing SBCC staff) released their endorsements for SBCC board. Here is what they had to say in a press release:

The California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 289 voted today to endorse Robert Miller (Area 2), Erin Guereña (Area 3), and Anna Everett (Area 4) as candidates for the Governing Board of the Santa Barbara Community College District.

“These candidates best reflect the values of SBCC, an institution that welcomes all students and is committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive, respectful, participatory, and supportive community dedicated to the success of every student,” said members of CSEA’s Political Action Committee. The endorsements were made after a comprehensive review of each candidate’s election statement as well as their responses to a questionnaire soliciting additional information on their experience, qualifications, and perspectives on critical issues facing the college. The group cited Miller, Guereña, and Everett’s support for diversity, equity, and inclusion work, their support for classified staff and shared governance, as well as the priority they placed on addressing concerns about systemic racism and campus climate as key reasons for earning the chapter’s endorsement.

Members of the chapter also voiced support of Proposition 15, which has been endorsed by CSEA on a statewide level. If passed, the proposition will reclaim 12 billion dollars a year for California’s public schools and services by closing a commercial property tax loophole in Proposition 13.

SBCC Board Endorsement of Prop 15 (Please Comment!)
Thursday, September 24 at 4pm

There is an opportunity to comment and voice support for Proposition 15 at the SBCC Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, September 24 at 4 pm. One Board of Trustees member has already voiced opposition to Proposition 15, lets show up for our public schools and communities and let them know how important it is to get this passed! To give public comment: submit an email to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) by 3:30 pm the day of the meeting. The email should include name, phone number and a statement of the subject to be presented. The Board President will call each person who submits an email.
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DSA Statewide Campaign for Prop 15 (Schools and Communities First)
Upcoming Phonebanks

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This November, Californians will be voting to reclaim an estimated $12 Billion dollars annually for our schools and communities via a tax on large corporations. Join us as we phonebank voters all over the state:
* Saturday 9/26 12:30-2:30PM [Labor for Prop 15]
* Wednesday 9/30 6-8PM
* Saturday 10/10 12:30-2:30PM [Labor for Prop 15]

Follow the organizing in the WhatsApp chats below or attend our chapter meeting to get involved!
* Join our chapter's Prop 15 organizing via our
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* Stay up to date on upcoming events via our
Organizing Group Chat ([link removed])

** Help us map our local labor environment
Fill out our Labor Survey! ([link removed])

Go to ([link removed]) to help our labor working group map our local environment and develop a labor strategy in Santa Barbara. It is a short and simple survey, and once you submit it you’ll be entered into a raffle to win some gardening goodies (courtesy of our Treasurer, Sara S.) .

** Join our Communications Channels via WhatsApp - Reminder: our community agreements apply in virtual space.
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Now more than ever, it's important to be in closer, digital contact with other organizers. SB DSA uses an optional digital platform for sharing info, discussions within working groups, coordinating last minute volunteer requests and more. This is a great first step for anyone wanting to get more involved as an ORGANIZER or VOLUNTEER.
1. First, install WhatsApp to your mobile device ([link removed]) (download here) ([link removed]) and set up your account. There is also an app available for desktops (Mac and PC). Open the app and set it up with your phone number.

2. After WhatsApp is set up, click this link to join our default Chapter Chat ([link removed]) . Welcome! We can help you get set up if you have any technical difficulties

3. Join additional channels:
+ Labor Organizing ([link removed])
+ Tenant Organizing ([link removed])
+ Climate Justice ([link removed])

Contact us if you would like some help getting set up (Text: 805-881-3081 / or send us an email) (mailto:[email protected]?subject=WhatsApps%20assistance&body=Your%20message%20here.) .

Building a better future
Organize with us as we fight for a habitable planet and a just future. See you soon.

In solidarity,

DSA Santa Barbara


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