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Mission Statement

We stand in solidarity to protect women’s rights, human rights, our safety, our health, and our planet, as we move toward a positive and just future. We are actively nonviolent in words and action. We work to unify our nation’s diverse communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots. We recognize that there is no true peace, freedom, or inclusion without equity for all.

Unity Principles

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We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.

ENDING VIOLENCE

Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.

LGBTQIA RIGHTS

We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.

WORKER’S RIGHTS

We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers – including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers – must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.

CIVIL RIGHTS

We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability. We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

DISABILITY RIGHTS

We believe that all women’s issues are issues faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. As mothers, sisters, daughters, and contributing members of this great nation, we seek to break barriers to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of citizenship at home and around the world. We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of American life, economy, and culture.

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin.  We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed – especially at the risk of public safety and health.

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"On Thursday June 1, 2017, the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, the local organization providing resources promoting and celebrating the inclusion and affirmation of diversity in our communities, will preside, in conjunction with Lucia Mar Unified School District officials, at the unveiling ceremony of a major public arts work, being installed at the entrance of Arroyo Grande High School.

The 11-foot tall sculpture entitled “ARBORING OUR ROOTS of DIVERSITY”, designed by three Arroyo Grande High School students, and constructed under the direction of Jim Trask, a well-known local sculptor and artist, will serve as a prominent public symbol of the need for an understanding and acceptance of the equality of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and all the physical and mental abilities, comprising our individual identities, as well as a constant reminder that this equality is an essential component of any proud, peaceful and prosperous community.

The sculpture is funded by the Coalition with the generous support of numerous local Donor organizations and individuals.

The Coalition was formed in 2011, in part as a response to a widely reported cross burning incident in Arroyo Grande. In the past five years, under the leadership of Dr. W. David Conn, it has concentrated on its conviction that the best time to reach people on such a critical issue is while they are still young, before their personal belief systems are fully formed. This resulted in such activities as co-sponsoring guest speakers at Lucia Mar middle schools, delivering a powerful “anti-bullying” message, and sponsoring the “I AM” exhibit, in which hundreds of adults and kids of all ages expressed on canvas the qualities they believe makes them unique as individuals.

Michael Boyer, the Coalition’s Board Chair, states “In the future, a major goal of the Coalition will be to expand its guest Speakership Program to also include elementary schools, providing resources and curriculum materials to teachers themselves, encouraging them to - address the subject as part of all students’ learning experience”.

Sadly, Dr. Conn did not live to see the installation of “ARBORING OUR ROOTS of DIVERSITY” as he passed away suddenly on March 15, 2017. The sculpture will be dedicated in his memory."
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Sculpture Unveiling - Five Cities Diversity Coalition

June 1, 2017, 12:30pm - June 1, 2017, 1:00pm

On Thursday June 1 , 2017, the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, the local organization providing resources promoting and celebrating the inclusion and affirmation of diversity in our communities, will...

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In this polarized world, what can we do to contribute to a culture of peace?

Join authors and creators of Revolutionary Conversations Mark Fowler, Noal McDonald, and Barbara Gaughen-Muller in this community-building, peace-focused workshop. You will learn specific methods for building bridges with those who have different perspectives and come to see that peace begins with each of us and starts with a conversation.

Unity of San Luis Obispo, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo, Mosque Of Nasreen and Women's March SLO invite you to this hands-on workshop that will take place on June 3rd from 9am-4pm in San Luis Obispo. For details and to get your tickets, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/211447886035457
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