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SANTA BARBARA PROGRESSIVE COALITION
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GET INVOLVED WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS (Partial List*)
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OrganizationWebsiteMission
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Multi-Issue
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SB Progressive Coalitionhttp://sbprogress.org
meets twice monthly (1 Monday, 1 Saturday) at Casa de la Raza; working groups on health care, immigrant rights, women's rights, economic justice, sustainability, and more; join us!
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Fund for Santa Barbarahttps://www.fundforsantabarbara.org/community foundation that supports grassroots organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change in Santa Barbara County
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SB County Action Networkhttp://www.sbcan.org/Countywide organization promotes social and economic justice, to preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and to create sustainable communities
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League of Women Voters of SBhttp://www.lwvsantabarbara.org/encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy for social change
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CAUSE Santa Barbarahttps://causenow.org/builds grassroots power to invoke social, economic and environmental justice; farmworker rights, tenants rights, and more
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CAUSE Santa Maria
https://www.causenow.org/neighborhood-campaigns/santa-maria-valley
similar to Santa Barbara group, working in North County
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PODERhttps://podersb.org/People Organized for the Defense & Equal Rights of SB Youth (PODER) is a broad coalition of SB community residents and organizations
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Indivisble SBhttps://indivisiblesb.com/lobbies Congress using the national Indivisible Guide and holds ResistTrumpTuesday weekly actions
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Indivisble Carpinteriahttp://indivisiblecarpinteria.orglobbies Congress using the national Indivisible Guide and holds ResistTrumpTuesday weekly actions
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Student Activist Networkfacebook.com/SBStudentActivistNetworkRapid Response Network on any strikes, protests, or demonstrations happening around Santa Barbara
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CALPIRG UCSBhttp://www.calpirgstudents.org/ucsbworks to stop global warming, help the hungry and homeless, protect our oceans, get big money out of politics, and more
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Our Revolution SB County
https://www.facebook.com/groups/OurRevolutionSantaBarbaraCounty/
educates and engages County residents around the core issues highlighted in Bernie Sanders' platform; discusses and enacts creative strategies for reaching those goals
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Political Rights and Participation/Good Governance
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Democratic Party of SB Countyhttp://www.sbdems.org/
mobilizes voters to elect Democrats at all levels of government; holds elected officials accountable through public advocacy, coalition work, as well as through their endorsement process
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Democratic Service Clubhttp://democraticserviceclub.org/registers voters, canvasses and phonebanks for candidates and initiatives endorsed by the Democratic Party; volunteers needed
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Democratic Club of Santa Barbarahttps://www.facebook.com/DemClubSB/meets 3rd Wednesday monthly (check for location) championing progressive policies and candidates
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Democratic Women of SB Countyhttp://www.democraticwomensb.org/vote_for_democrats/promotes Democratic principles, issues, and candidates by educating the public, increasing voter participation, and ensuring election integrity
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UCSB Campus Democratshttp://ucsb.sbdems.org/conducts voter registration drives at UCSB and in Isla Vista, volunteers for Democratic candidates & ballot measures, and organizes students for progressive causes
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SB Women's Political Committeehttp://sbwpc.org/political action on behalf of feminist values of social, political and economic gender equality
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Goodland Coalitionhttp://thegoodlandcoalition.org/
defends quality of life in Goleta through policies that protect, preserve, and improve Goleta’s unique character; encourages participation in community planning and decision-making
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Progressive Democratshttps://www.facebook.com/PDSBCLUB/"Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party" works to pull the party to the left on issues of war and peace, health-care reform, economic justice and presidential accountability
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Money Out Voters In - SB chaptermovi-sb.orglocal chapter of statewide group responsible for placing Proposition 59 (legislation to counter the Citizens United case) on the ballot
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Environment/Climate Change/Sustainability/Transportation
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350 SBhttps://350sb.org/climate justice movement in Santa Barbara
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Audubon Society SBhttp://santabarbaraaudubon.org/connects people with birds and nature through education, science-based projects and advocacy
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Bici Centrohttp://www.sbbike.org/bicicentroSB Bicycle Coalition, community bike shop
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Carpinteria Valley Assochttp://carpinteriavalleyassociation.org/educates and advocates on land use, planning, and community development; emphasize natural environment of Carpinteria Valley, Summerland, and surrounding region
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Citizens' Climate Lobbyhttp://citizensclimatelobby.org/chapters/CA_Santa_Barbara/local chapter of natl group - promotes the Carbon Fee & Dividend solution
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COASThttp://coast-santabarbara.org/provides advocacy, education and outreach to improve transportation options; promote rail, bus, bike and pedestrian access
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Community Environmental Councilhttp://www.cecsb.org/identifies, advocates, and raises awareness about the most pressing environmental issues (climate change, renewable energy)
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UCSB Environmental Affairs Boardhttps://eab.as.ucsb.edu/protects, preserves and enhances the environment, principally at UCSB and its surrounding communities
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Environmental Defense Centerhttp://www.environmentaldefensecenter.org/protects and enhances the environment of California's south central coast through education, advocacy, and legal action
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Explore Ecologyhttp://www.exploreecology.org/environmental programs; encourages creative thinking through hands-on science education and art discovery
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Food and Water Watch - Santa Barbarahttps://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/state/californiaprotects Californian’s water from fracking, curtails oil drilling, and makes the state’s agriculture more environmentally and socially responsible
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Frack Back to Save the Central Coast
www.facebook.com/SantaBarbaraFrackBackToSaveTheCentralCoast
stops dangerous enhanced oil & gas development on the Central Coast, works to ban fracking statewide, & move to clean renewables
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Gaviota Coast Conservancyhttp://www.gaviotacoastconservancy.org/protects the rural character and environmental integrity of the Gaviota Coast
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Get Oil Out! (GOO)getoilout.orgfighting oil companies since 1969 oil spill
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Los Padres Forest Watchlpfw.org/works to protect the Los Padres National Forest, located in a "biodiversity hotspot," from threats to these public lands
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Naples Coalitionhttp://www.savenaples.org/
works to preserve the Gaviota Coast view sheds, restore the bio diverse habitat, maintain wildlife corridors, protect the sensitive coastal bluff, and provide appropriate public access
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Safe Energy Now!https://www.facebook.com/safeenergynow/
North Santa Barbara County residents and businesses, working together to stop unsafe local energy operations that threaten our health and water, and encouraging safer, renewable energy
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Santa Ynez Valley Alliancehttp://santaynezvalleyalliance.org/
protects the rural character of the Santa Ynez Valley and support good stewardship of natural and agricultural resources through education, comprehensive planning, and public participation
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Save the Mermaidshttp://www.savethemermaids.org/educates community about human-sourced ocean polluting and advocate for behaviors that benefit the ocean environment
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Santa Barbara Channelkeeperhttp://www.sbck.org/protects and restores the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds through science-based advocacy, education, field work and enforcement
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Citizens Planning Assoc of SB Countyhttp://www.citizensplanning.org/focuses on countywide land use issues; advocate for best standards of design and natural resource protection to maintain sustainable communities
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Sierra Club SBhttps://sierraclub.org/los-padres/santa-barbaraprotects critical habitat and open space; promote clean renewable energy; work directly in elections to pass environmental ballot measures and elect environmental leaders
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Sprout Uphttp://www.sproutup.org/teaches environmental education in classrooms
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SB Standing Rock Coalition https://www.facebook.com/SantaBarbaraStandingRockCoalition/Chumash leaders and other SB activists in support of #NoDAPL; advocates for clean water, safe energy and indigenous rights
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Students Against Fracking UCSBhttps://www.facebook.com/ucsbstudentsagainstfracking/informs the public on issues of high-intensity oil extraction techniques in California
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Surfers Without Bordershttp://www.surferswithoutborders.org/SWoBs_Home.html
teaches environmental awareness, reduces ocean pollution, promotes sustainable development, and fosters good relations between surfers and coastal communities around the world
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Surfrider Foundationsantabarbara.surfrider.orgdedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education
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UCSB Fossil Freehttps://www.facebook.com/fossilfreeucsbmovement to divest from and sever links between the University of California and the fossil fuel industry
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World Business Academyhttps://worldbusiness.org/tag/santa-barbara/transforms business world's consciousness of our planetary fuel system
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Social and Economic Justice/Civil Rights/Criminal Justice/Education
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ACLUhttps://www.aclusocal.org/en/santa-barbara-chapterlocal SB chapter; defends civil liberties
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Anti-Defamation Leaguehttp://santabarbara.adl.org/fights hate crimes, racism, and anti-semitism; trains law enforcement
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Black Lives Matterhttps://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatterSB/Black self-determination, criminal justice reform
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Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indianshttp://www.santaynezchumash.org/local, native tribe
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Coastal Band of the Chumash Nationhttp://coastalbandofthechumashnation.weebly.com/local, native tribe
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Clergy and Laity United for Econ Justicecluesb.orginter-faith community leaders and members; addresses local economic injustices to those marginalized in SB county
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Coalition Against Gun Violencehttp://sbcoalition.org/prevents gun violence through education, collaboration and common sense gun legislation advocacy
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Future Leaders of Americafutureleadersnow.orgsteers young Latino men and women out of poverty and into college and careers
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Girls Inc.girlsincsb.orggalvanizes young women to be strong, smart, and bold; after-school and summer programs; scholarships; volunteers needed
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Islamic Society of Santa Barbarahttp://www.islamsb.org/local Muslim community
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Just Communitieshttp://www.just-communities.org/
works to ensure that Central Coast schools, organizations, and communities are places of opportunity, not places of limitation; leadership development, dialogue, action planning, and mobilizing
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Pacific Pride Foundationhttps://www.pacificpridefoundation.org/provides services to the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities of Santa Barbara County
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Padres Unidos
https://www.facebook.com/United-Parents-Padres-Unidos-134337316412
advocates for equity in education, seeking to inform and empower parents, and to close the achievement gap among all students, promoting their academic, social, and emotional development
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PFLAG SBpflagsantabarbara.orgfamily members, friends, and allies of LGBTQ people; holds Love. Period Celebration annually
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SB Transgender Advocacy Networksbtan.orgprovides support to transgender men and women, genderqueer people, and their families
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Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/organizes white people for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education
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United Boys and Girls Clubs SB Countyunitedbg.orgafter-school athletic and education programs at nine locations across the county; tutors, coaches, and referees needed
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Safety Net/Housing
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Catholic Worker Movementhttp://www.catholicworker.org/comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable
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Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness (C3H)
http://www.c3homes.org/reduces the number of people experiencing homelessness, as well as minimizes the impacts of homelessness in Santa Barbara County
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Community Action Commissionhttp://www.cacsb.org/fights poverty - programs for seniors, children ages 0-5, teens
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Common Ground SB Countycommongroundsb.orgconducts annual point in time count, and works to reduce homelessness and its impacts through professional and volunteer outreach
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Congregation B'nai B'rithhttp://cbbsb.org/reform Jewish community; has social action committee that leads projects to help homeless, refugees, and others
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Domestic Violence Solutions - SB Countyhttp://www.dvsolutions.org/provides safe and confidential shelter to battered women and their children, offers advocacy and support; volunteers needed
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Foodbank of SB Countyhttp://foodbanksbc.org/ends hunger and transforms the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition
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Food From the Heartsbfoodfromtheheart.comprepares and delivers nutritious meals to the homebound ill; Food From the Heart serves approximately 155 clients per week in the Santa Barbara/Goleta areas
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Independent Living Resource Centerilrc-trico.orghelps disabled people secure work and housing, get paired with personal assistants, navigate the labyrinthine Social Security system, and connect with peers
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People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)epath.orgend shomelessness by helping individuals transition from homelessness to housing; provides short-term interim housing, case management, and health services
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Rental Housing Roundtablesantabarbararenters.comaddresses the lack of legal protection for SB renters in order to end unjust evictions, unfair treatment of tenants and increase the number of rental units available
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211 SB County Health & Human Services Info
http://www.211santabarbaracounty.org/directory of local public agencies and nonprofit services
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Workers' Rights
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Tri-Counties Central Labor Councilhttp://tricountiesclc.org/
umbrella federation for working men and women; works to ensure that all people who work receive the rewards of their work—decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, respect and fair treatment
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SEIU Local 620http://www.seiulocal620.org/union of public service workers, nurses, hospital staff, nursing home care providers, building services and security guards
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IBEW Local 413http://www.ibew413.org/elevates moral, intellectual and social conditions of members of local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union
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Lideres Campesinashttp://www.liderescampesinas.org/english/rights of farmworker women
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UAW 2865 SBhttps://ucsbuaw.wordpress.com/union representing academic student employees (tutors, readers, and teaching assistants) at UCSB
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