We invite you to visit our Call to Action Alley in Mitchell Park on January 21, at the Women’s March in San Luis Obispo event. These local non-profit organizations will be present to talk to you about who they are, what they do, and how you can get involved and make a difference in your community. Check back for an updated list!
“As a nonprofit organization that serves both victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault/abuse and their loved ones, RISE provides comprehensive programs, services and resources to the community.
The tagline of RISE- Respect. Inspire. Support. Empower embodies the work of RISE. We believe that RESPECT is the cornerstone to ending violence and creating peace. We strive to INSPIRE the community to be active in the movement to end gender-based violence. We SUPPORT loved ones of those affected by sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence and we EMPOWER victims to heal from trauma and transform their lives.”
ACCESS SUPPORT NETWORK (ASN)
“The Access Support Network, or ASN, serves the San Luis Obispo County and Monterey County communities, assisting our neighbors, friends, and family living with HIV/AIDS. With the help of dedicated staff and volunteers, ASN works diligently to stabilize clients’ health – financially, emotionally and physically, and all at no cost.
Working toward a healthy community, ASN also offers prevention education opportunities for schools, church groups, service clubs and businesses. For us, ensuring that everyone understands that this is a preventable disease is paramount.”
TRANSITIONS-MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION (TMHA)
“Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services. We operate over 35 programs at locations throughout San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties.
The emphasis of our innovative services is to teach vital independent living skills and help build a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. Since 1980, TMHA has been dedicated to providing work, housing, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness while offering support, resources and education for their loved ones.”
CITIZEN CLIMATE LOBBY SLO
“Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, non-profit, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. This includes building constructive working relationships with members of Congress to seek passage of carbon fee and dividend (CF&D) legislation.
CF&D, a revenue-neutral carbon fee with 100% of the net revenue returned directly to households, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 52% below 1990 levels within 20 years, while growing the economy and saving lives.
We talk with neighbors, friends, and local officials about how national climate action can help ensure a healthy climate and a livable world.”
PLANNED PARENTHOOD CALIFORNIA CENTRAL COAST
“As the most trusted provider of reproductive health care, we promote the ability of all individuals to lead fulfilled lives, build healthy families, and make informed decisions through high-quality health services, education, and advocacy.”
In a typical year Planned Parenthood California Central Coast:
• Provides a wide range of reproductive health care services to 37,000 women and men who make over 62,000 medical visits
• Provides prevention-oriented medical services such as Pap tests and breast exams to over 9,000 women
• Offers pregnancy testing and counseling to 16,000 women
• Performs over 86,000 tests for sexually transmitted infections
• Provides over 23,000 parents, professionals, teens and young adults with the sexual health information and tools they need to make the best decisions about their health and to prevent unintended pregnancies – or to plan for families – when they are ready
“San Luis Obispo County Womenade, a 501(c)(3) non-profit serving San Luis Obispo County in California, is a network of community members that donates items, time, and money to meet essential needs of County residents.
All funds collected go directly to support those in crisis. Referrals come from schools, medical professionals, county health departments, and organizations such as Family Care Network, Women’s Shelter, CAPSLO, and Prado Day Center.”
LATINO OUTREACH COUNCIL
“Founded in 1994, the San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Latino Outreach Council (LOC) is a non-profit organization that consists of a Policy Board of 15 individuals who represent various sectors of the community. The LOC is dedicated to facilitating the equal and full participation of all members of the Latino community in the life and affairs of the County.
The Council promotes progress in the Latino community through advancement in education, participation in community affairs and in increasing knowledge about and access to relevant services. The LOC also works to identify and facilitate the removal of barriers which inhibit the Latino Community’s achievement of its goals.”
Find out more: Facebook
CALIFORNIA RURAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE (CRLA)
“California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a nonprofit legal service program created to help California’s low-income individuals and communities. We represent all types of individuals and communities. We have offices from the Mexican border to Northern California.
CRLA was founded in 1966 to help rural communities because those communities were not receiving legal help. CRLA has 18 offices to continue to meet the legal needs of these communities. Each year, we provide more than 43,000 low-income rural Californians with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs. Half of our resources are committed to multi-client cases that grapple with the root causes of poverty. The impact of CRLA’s litigation has touched the lives of literally millions of low-income individuals, improving conditions for farm workers, single parents, school children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and entire communities.
It is with great pride that we celebrate 50 years of advocacy seeking to ameliorate the more egregious conditions caused by rural poverty. Together, as justice partners, let us move forward towards that light we call “equal justice for all”.
Adelante y hacia la luz!”
THE CENTER FOR HEALTH AND PREVENTION
“The Center for Health and Prevention are two local health clinics in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande and part of the non-profit organization Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo. Our health clinics provide low to no cost reproductive health services and serve low-income populations throughout the county. Our mission is to encourage personal health and empowerment through access, advocacy and education.
The Center clinics also offer assistance for enrollment and educational services for Medi-Cal and Covered California for those who are uninsured.”
BIKE COUNTY SLO
“Our Bike Valet is our secure bike parking service, designed to encourage everyone to ride bicycles to community events. With over 37,000 bikes parked, we are experts at protecting your ride. Ride your bike and park with us weekly at SLO Thursday Night Farmer’s Market and other events countywide.”
THE MOSQUE OF NASREEN & ISSLOC
The Mosque of Nasreen, ISSLOC, and the MSA will also be joining the Women’s March San Luis Obispo and have this to share: “We are joining the Women’s March San Luis Obispo to protect human rights, our safety, our health, and our families. The values of human dignity, equal rights for all, and freedom from discrimination and injustice are the essence of Islam. We, and Muslims across the globe, denounce violence and terrorism for, as the Holy Qur’an states: “If anyone kills a person, it is as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if anyone saves a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind.” We are a diverse community who stand for peace and justice for all nations. The American people, and all people of the world, are deserving of leadership that constitutes these values and governs with these principles.”
Please find the Muslim community’s table at the March, and make sure to ask about the next community dinner and annual Mosque of Nasreen Open House.
Find out more: Website
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (NOW) SAN LUIS OBISPO CHAPTER
“The National Organization for Women, founded in 1966, is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
NOW is an intersectional, multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women’s rights. Our priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women’s health issues; opposing racism; fighting bigotry against the LGBTQIA community; and ending violence against women, no matter race, age, or socio-economic class.
The San Luis Obispo chapter of the National Organization for Women is the local point of contact for women and men want to take action to fulfill these goals. Email us at email@example.com for information about our re-vitalizing chapter meeting on Feb 8.”
Find out more: Website
THE QUEER CROWD
“The Queer Crowd is here to support, encourage and facilitate a more diverse and inclusive new form of community on the Central Coast of California. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans folk, queerdos and weirdos through fostering a stronger and more visible sense of queer community in San Luis Obispo. We exist to fight for ALL marginalized communities and act as allies to all those negatively affected by this incoming administration, including the environment.
By hosting regular events, participating in important political causes and organizing to achieve vital space for dialogue, intellectual curiosity, growth and change we hope to make San Luis Obispo a better place.
We aren’t just a group, we’re a crowd, and together we can make a difference.”
CAL POLY WOMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES DEPARTMENT
“Teaching, learning and doing in Women’s & Gender Studies at Cal Poly is designed to promote scholarly inquiry, education and activism that utilizes an integrative approach, exploring the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, dis/abilities, citizenship status, and other social categories within both national and transnational contexts. Our students are empowered to question and contribute to knowledge creation, community formation, activism, creative practice, and policymaking from interdisciplinary feminist perspectives. Areas of exploration include femininities, masculinities, and other gender identities.”
CAL POLY UNDOCUMENTED STUDENT WORKING GROUP
“The Undocumented Student Working Group at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – a working group in the Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity – is comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, and students dedicated to supporting the personal and professional development of undocumented students and creating institutional change. The work of the group is guided by the needs and experiences of undocumented students on campus, including students active with the on-campus student club Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education (RISE).”
The role of the Undocumented Student Working Group is to:
– provide support, resources, and a network of allies for undocumented students
– educate the campus community about the needs of undocumented students
– facilitate professional development trainings for faculty, staff, administrators, and students
– inform the administration about how to meet the needs identified by undocumented students and the working group
– act as a liaison between undocumented students and campus community
– work with Cuesta College, Allan Hancock College, K-12 representatives, and other community advocates in the Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success (CCC-USS) to support undocumented students in the region
– seek financial resources to support undocumented students
Find out more: Website
CAL POLY CROSS CULTURAL CENTERS
“The Cross Cultural Centers contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity for a more inclusive and welcoming campus. Our Gender Equity, MultiCultural, and Pride Centers present services and programs to support our students under the shared values of family, diversity, learning, growth, and advocacy.”
CAL POLY SAFER
“Safer is Cal Poly’s confidential advocacy, education and support resource for addressing sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Safer is committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and welcoming environment for all members of the campus community.”
PROTECT PRICE CANYON
“Protect Price Canyon is focused on preventing or reducing the expansion of fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure in our neighborhood. Preventing the risk of ground water contamination to, or depletion of, our aquifers, further degradation to our air quality, and loss of property value created by these extraction activities.”
THE SOUTH BAY WOMEN’S NETWORK
“The South Bay Women’s Network was founded in 1983 by Jean Brown. The purpose of the South Bay Women’s Network is to promote the ideals of today’s goal-oriented woman. The South Bay Women’s Network is open to all women on all job levels and in every occupation. It offers an opportunity to meet with other interesting women, to share ideas, build friendships, and exchange support needed for growth on a professional and personal level. Since 1988, the SBWN provides support and assistance to the Women’s Shelter, Inc. of San Luis Obispo County and contributes to a Cuesta College Scholarship for adult women re-entry students. Many fundraisers are given annually to support these commitments, including the Holiday Dinner and Silent Auction, Annual Closet Swap and the Summer Evening Mixer. We are looking for new members.”
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN
“The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. With over 170,000 members and supporters it is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. AAUW has been empowering women since 1881 and has been active in SLO county since 1937. There are currently five local branches.
Membership is open to anyone with an Associate degree or higher. Undergraduate college students are eligible for affiliate memberships. (Cal Poly students can join for free because Cal Poly is a university partner member.) By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.”
“The Northern Chumash Tribal Council has started grassroots collaboration between the Marine Sanctuary Alliance (MSA), Santa Lucia Chapter of Sierra Club, SLO Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, COAST, and others, for this great project and we invite your support.
Our offshore waters have qualified for sanctuary designation since 1990. Now, with new marine sanctuaries possible, we propose the CA Central Coast Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.
To achieve the best water quality, vibrant marine ecosystems, and to protect the Chumash cultural heritage, our efforts are focused to fill the unprotected gap between the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Chumash villages and cultural heritage lie submerged within the proposed sanctuary area as well as along the shoreline, many continuously occupied for over 10,000 years.”
CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE CENTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST
“The Child Development Resource Center of the Central Coast (CDRC) is a nonprofit organization and community program that provide educational and therapeutic programs that focus on protecting children through our commitment to heal, support and strengthen families in need within San Luis Obispo County. CDRC works in partnership with families by involving them as the most important people in their children’s lives and basing the program on their needs.
The center has earned special commendations as an exemplary early prevention and intervention program from the California State Department of Education for our unique “wrap around” child development/mental health and family services, and for outstanding community support and involvement in the program.”
SIERRA CLUB SANTA LUCIA
“Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters.
The Santa Lucia Chapter is an organization with over 2,000 people and serves the entire San Luis Obispo County. The Chapter relies on member donations and grants to support its programs, which include marine protection, land management, development of renewable energy and promotes these programs through education and legislative advocacy. Stop by the Santa Lucia Chapter’s table in Call to Action Alley to sign up for volunteer opportunities to protect SLO County’s land, water and air over the next four years. ”
VICTIM AND WITNESS ASSISTANCE SERVICES
“The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Victim/Witness Assistance Center works to reduce the trauma, frustration and inconvenience experienced by victims, witnesses, and family members affected by crime. We provide a variety of services to victims of crime and their families including support throughout the criminal justice process and information of their constitutional and statutory rights under California law, and how to exercise those rights. As part of our services we have special teams of advocates who work with the elderly, the differently abled and those who suffered domestic violence and sex crimes.
The District Attorney Victim/Witness Assistance Center is a member of the Human Trafficking Task Force and the Intimate Partner Violence Coalition.”
Find out more: Website
ATHEISTS UNITED SAN LUIS OBISPO
“Atheists United SLO is a meeting place for all atheists, agnostics, and science-based skeptics to get to know each other, share ideas and build a community of like-minded individuals in San Luis Obispo County. Whether you’re just looking for a social outlet to meet other-non believers or you want to engage in atheist activism, discussions and reading, we have activities planned that welcome your involvement.
Atheists United SLO is a local nonpartisan organization dedicated to the separation of church and state and to supporting women’s reproductive rights when challenged by religious belief.”
Find out more: Website
“The San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party (SLOCDP) is the voice of the Democratic Party in San Luis Obispo County.
The mission of the SLOCDP is to support and elect Democratic candidates who reflect Democratic Party values, and to promote Democratic principles. To accomplish these goals, the SLOCDP registers Democratic voters, raises funds, organizes and supports local Democratic Clubs, and performs other duties and services for the overall benefit of the Democratic Party in San Luis Obispo County. SLOCDP acts as an information hub for the county, disseminating the message, philosophy and principles of the Party through voter outreach and networking.
Officially, the SLOCDP endorses candidates, propositions, initiatives and/or measures and communicates those endorsements to the public.”
GUERILLA GARDENING CLUB
“The Guerrilla Gardening Club Program allows young street-wise men & women an opportunity to learn about plants, biology, & community through the Learn-By-Doing process. As a 501(c)3 Nonprofit, the Guerrilla Gardening Club provides avenues of education, employment, & sustainable life practices for young adults in our local community at no cost to club-members. Housing, Food, Clothing, Materials, & Education are necessary to sustain growth & hustle. The GGC Urban Farming Facilities provide the stage for legal plant sales, gardening, recycling, education, & safety.
Providing a sustainable living to members as they wish is the core mission. Providing volunteer landscape service on public & private property is the core action. Providing sustainable urban farming to club members & the local community is a necessary function. Providing a recycling & waste management program is the current primary fundraising. Providing opportunities for legal hustle & employment is the regular daily program.”
NAACP SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY CHAPTER
“Our mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. We are in a membership drive to reactivate the NAACP SLO County Chapter.”
Find out more: Twitter
FAMILY CARE NETWORK
“The Family Care Network was established as a Community Based Organization to provide clinical and treatment services and supports to children and youth in a family setting preferably their own, and within their community, with the goal of enhancing their safety, wellbeing and permanence, and to foster stable and self-sufficient families.
Since its inception, the agency’s programs have grown to annually serve between 1,500 – 1,700 children, youth and families impacted by trauma living in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties through five service divisions: Resource Family Services; Family Support Services; Transitional Aged Youth Housing Services; Education Support Services; and Community-Linked Services.”
SLO COUNTY COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
“The Commission on the Status of Women is an official advisory group to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors since 1975. The Commission identifies issues of concern to the women of San Luis Obispo County that compliments the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations or provides a new forum for additional issues women face. These issues may include, but are not limited to:
- fair and equal pay
- health concerns
- women veterans issues
- education and vocation opportunities
- medical and legal services
- credit and loan policies
- rape and other violent crimes against women
- criminal justice policies and procedures
- housing and transportation facilities
- recreational programs and facilities
- childcare needs of women
To determine the specific needs of women throughout San Luis Obispo County, we conduct studies by employing interview techniques, statistical methods, conducting public forums and utilizing public records and information available from private sources. These findings are then documented, published, and referred to the Board of Supervisors for action or dissemination.”
A grassroots organization dedicated to advancing progressive values. SLO Progressives embrace the movement embodied by Bernie Sanders. Driven by the message of economic and social justice, SLO Progressives seeks to revitalize and reenergize the Democratic Party with bold progressive change. Change that represents the people, not the 1%, leading the party to overwhelming victories in 2018 and beyond.
MISSION COMMUNITY SERVICES CORPORATION (MCSC)
Mission Community Services Corporation (MCSC) is a 501(c)3 organization that has been host to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Women’s Business Center (WBC) since October 2006. The MCSC Women’s Business Center (WBC) is partially funded by the U.S. SBA and is in its eleventh continuous year of requalifying for the SBA grant.
Our mission is to enhance opportunities for potential entrepreneurs and small business owners to become self-sustaining, successful contributors to their communities, with special assistance for low-income, minority and non-profit women business owners in Kern, San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties.
STOP OIL TRAINS CAMPAIGN
The Stop Oil Trains in SLO Campaign is comprised of neighbors, teachers, nurses, students, and allies who are working together to protect San Luis Obispo County from the threat of Phillips 66 oil trains. We work along side with several partner organizations to stand in solidarity with SLO residents, and help conserve the natural beauty of the area.
Find out more: Website
THE WOMEN’S SHELTER PROGRAM
CONGREGATION BETH DAVID is a Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to helping members integrate Jewish values into their everyday life. The values we uphold include:
– caring for the most vulnerable in our society.
BEND THE ARC: A JEWISH PARTNERSHIP FOR JUSTICE is the only national Jewish organization that is focused solely on advocating and organizing for a more just and equal society here in the United States. The name Bend the Arc is derived from the teaching of Martin Luther King Jr., inspired by Theodore Parker, that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Our Bend the Arc SLO Coalition is inspired and informed by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.
TOGETHER WE WILL
“Together We Will SLO is a local chapter of Together We Will, a national grassroots organization formed in reaction to the 2016 election.
We focus on defending democracy and human rights through:
o Daily Calls to Action
o Training on Activism
o Networking with like-minded organizations (e.g. women’s rights and immigration issues)
o Finding personal support among both neighbors and fellow TWW members across the country
TWW SLO is active in both local and national issues. Over 70% of our members have never been politically active before- come learn with us!
Mission Statement: Together We Will stand up, refuse to be silenced, and reclaim our democracy as everyday people taking decisive, unified action to defend and advance our rights.”
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“Restorative Partners envisions a widespread embrace of a restorative justice approach and practice primarily in the Tri-Counties Criminal Justice System. Our work involves reaching out to all the stakeholders: victims, offenders, law enforcement, corrections, non-profits, university, business and faith-based communities to create a more healing response to those impacted by crime.
Restorative Partners provides services and programs designed to meet diverse needs. Our small staff and an army of volunteers offer programs that focus on body, mind and spiritual transformation, incorporate trauma care, address responsibility and accountability, reduce violence and lower recidivism inside the San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Hall, Jail, and Honor Farms and provide reentry services including evidence-based programs, sober living housing and mentoring for those on Probation or Parole.”
ONE COOL EARTH
“One Cool Earth brings together communities to create awesome school garden programs that power healthy, happy and smart youth.”
THE CAL POLY DEMOCRATS
The Cal Poly Democrats pride themselves on promoting discourse, inclusivity, and engagement in the political process for college students.