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.

43rd Annual Roe v Wade Brunch

The Reproductive Rights Network of Santa Cruz
Hosts the 43rd Annual Roe v Wade Brunch
United Methodist Church, 250 California St, Santa Cruz
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 10 am to noon 

Sliding scale $10-$50.  Students Free. 

Advance Reservations/Donations Online, Mail, Telephone or Email:
Mail: RRN, PO Box 8305, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Telephone: 423-2356 (Carol Fuller)

The Reproductive Rights Network is concerned that across the US abortion services and reproductive rights’ services are not always easy to access.  Our speakers this year are Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, will inform us of the actions their organization takes to help women across the nation access services they are legally entitled to receive and Samar Azam-Yu, Executive Director of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice which operates in Oakland but whose services reach women all over California, will speak on the kinds of difficulties women in California experience accessing reproductive rights services.

For more information contact Carol Fuller or 423-2356

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

California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird to speak on California Propositions

The Democratic Women’s Club is hosting a program with California Secretary of Natural Resources, John Laird.

It will be held Saturday, September 17, at Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz.

Secretary Laird will speak on the California November ballot propositions. There are 17 propositions on the ballot. Secretary Laird has the history and perspective to shed light on a subject that can be very confusing to many people.

Doors open 10 am. Program begins at 10:30 am.
Co-sponsored by the People’s Democratic Club, The Santa Cruz County Democratic Party, and the Crosson North County Democratic Club.