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Close the Gap founder speaks to sold-out crowd


Mary Hughes, founder of Close the Gap, an organization dedicated to electing progressive women to elected office, gave an inspiring talk to a sold-out crowd at a DWC luncheon Feb. 25. During a talk titled “Opportunities for Women to Regain Our Ground in 2018,” Hughes gave an update on the status of elected women in the California Legislature and provided some practical tips for recruiting women to enter electoral politics.

Hughes has played a pivotal role in the election of numerous women to public office in California and brings a wealth of practical electoral experience into her talks. Unfortunately, women lost seats in the California legislature in the most recent election. This work seems all the more important given the election of the misogynist-in-chief as our new president. At the lunch, DWC members also voted to give $475 to the organization to support its work statewide.

Pro-Choice Brunch and Women’s March on January 21

Network and Brunch from 10 a.m.; program at 10:30 a.m.
United Methodist Church, 250 California Street, Santa Cruz
Sliding scale donation requested: $10 – 50; students free

Click here for advance reservations/donations.
Mail a check to RRN, PO Box 8305, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Or call (831) 423-2356 or

In observance of the 44th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, the REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS NETWORK of Santa Cruz County invites you to join us, learn, connect and act Pro-Choice Brunch REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AND ABORTION ACCESS: Confronting Barriers through Grassroots Organizing Join us to hear from leaders of two grassroots organizations at the forefront of the reproductive justice movement.

They’ll describe their organizations’ work to promote practical support for access to abortion services, the importance of reproductive justice values in public policy, and potentially far-reaching threats to essential health care from the incoming administration.

YAMANI HERNANDEZ, Executive Director, National Network of Abortion Funds NNAF builds the capacity and power of 70 grassroots member organizations in 38 states, which together help remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion services for over 100,000 women annually, while promoting cultural and political change. Yamani built her career in reproductive justice through state-based work on behalf of the sexual health, rights and identities of youth. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.Arch. from the University of Washington.

SAMARA AZAM-YU, Executive Director, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice ACCESS provides direct services, advocacy and community action to ensure that low-income California women are informed and supported in all their reproductive choices. Samara started with ACCESS as a Practical Support Volunteer and became Executive Director in 2012. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Davis and is currently a masters degree candidate at Mills College with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management and Socially Responsible Business.

Also on JANUARY 21:
Santa Cruz County chapter of WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON.
Meet at Santa Cruz City Hall at 1:30 p.m.; Rally and March to Louden Nelson Center.

Sponsors include: REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS NETWORK OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY 2017: AAUW, Santa Cruz of Santa Cruz County; ACLU Santa Cruz County; Choice Midwives of Santa Cruz County; College Democrats at UCSC; Central Coast Clinicians; City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women; Community Bridges – Family Resource Centers; Democratic Party of Santa Cruz County; Democratic Women’s Club; ETR – Education, Training, Research; Encompass Community Services; First 5 of Santa Cruz County; Hadassah;; International Health Programs/Public Health Institute; League of Women Voters, Santa Cruz; Monarch Services; Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust; Palo Alto Medical Foundation; People’s Democratic Club; Planned Parenthood Mar Monte; Population Connection; Resource Center for Nonviolence; Salud Para La Gente; Santa Cruz AIDS Project; Santa Cruz Community Credit Union; Santa Cruz County Family Planning; Santa Cruz County Human Services Commission; Santa Cruz County Women’s Commission; Santa Cruz Community Health Centers; SEIU – Service Employees International Union #521; Sierra Club; United Nations Association of Santa Cruz County; UCSC Women’s Center; Valley Women’s Club; Walnut Avenue Women’s Center; Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz; Women’s Clinic Staff – UCSC Health Center; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF Santa Cruz; WILPF Pajaro Valley; Women’s March on Washington – Santa Cruz; YWCA of Watsonville .

Let’s Do Brunch: Women in Early Film

If you are ready to “get away” to a subject that is more joyful than our recent election, please join with other DWC members at our program for a look back at Women in Early Hollywood with special guest Sally Stamp, professor of film and digital media at UC Santa Cruz.

10 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Nov. 19
El Palomar Restaurant
1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
$20 includes non-alcoholic beverage

Reservations Required:
RSVP on Eventbrite
Call Carol Fuller at 423-2356
Or send check payable to DWC, P.O. Box 394, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Include menu selection:
Huevos Rancheros: Vegetarian
Huevos Rancheros: Chile verde
Machaca, with scrambled eggs, shredded beef, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, cheese
Breakfast Burrito: Vegetarian, eggs, avocado, potatoes, cheese
Breakfast Burrito: Bacon, eggs, avocado, potatoes, cheese

DWC makes endorsements for November ballot

At its electoral forum on August 27, the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County endorsed the following local ballot measure and candidates for the November 2016 election:

Measure D (Transportation Measure): Yes

Santa Cruz City Council: (pictured above) Cynthia Mathews, J.M. Brown, Martine Watkins, and Robert Singleton

Scotts Valley City Council: Jack Dilles and Rosanna Herrera

Capitola City Council: Kristen Peterson

Watsonville City Council: District 2: Oscar Rios; District 6: Doreen Martine

Santa Cruz Port District Commission: Darren Gertler, Stephen Reed, and Denny Smith

The Yes on Transportation Measure D Campaign and the endorsed candidates will receive financial support and volunteer campaign workers from the DWC.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming presentations:

Saturday, September 17
John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources
Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz
10 a.m. social, 10:30 a.m. program
What’s It About: An Overview of the 17 California Ballot Measures on the November 8 Ballot

Saturday, October 15
Getting To Green: Community Choice Energy Explained
Police Community Room, 155 Center Street, Santa Cruz
10 a.m. social, 10:30 a.m. program
What’s It About: Monterey Bay Community Power, a CCE project, is under consideration by jurisdictions in Santa Cruz County. Come hear about this exciting opportunity to offer local choice about our energy portfolio and increase our purchase of renewable power.


DWC Co-Hosts Talk, Book-Signing with Sen. Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer has made her mark combining compassionate advocacy with scrappiness in a political career spanning four decades. When Boxer won her Senate seat in 1992, after 10 years in the House of Representatives, she was one of only six women senators.  After 34 admirable and productive years in Congress she is retiring from the Senate, but not from her fierce advocacy and tireless dedication to making a difference in the world.

In her highly anticipated memoir, The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life, Senator Boxer shares her provocative and touching recollections of service and cements her commitment to the fight for women, families, healthcare, and environmental protection. The Art of Tough draws back the curtain on how Congress works, the gut issues that sometimes bring both sides to a standstill, the personal and temperamental qualities that affect outcomes, and the absolute imperative to keep going, no matter the odds.

The Art of Tough is both a memoir of a remarkable life and career and an inspirational call to action, both challenging and encouraging people everywhere to overcome odds they may face and to live their best, most meaningful lives.

Join us for a celebration of Senator Boxer’s remarkable career and legacy with the publication of her memoir. The DWC will co-host a talk and book-signing featuring Sen. Boxer at 7 p.m. June 17 at Peace United Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. Get tickets.