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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

We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which all 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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21 hours ago

Women's March San Luis Obispo

On January 19, we speak #TruthToPower. In the past year, both the abuse of truth, and the bravery of those who spoke out regardless of repercussions, shaped our lives in a dramatic way. We won’t be silenced. Please help us reach our fundraising goal to make this event successful.
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***This Victim Impact Statement was read at Mr. Phares’ sentencing today. We hope that this statement will encourage others to use their voices in difficult situations, and remind others to listen, and to believe victims.***

To the Honorable Judge Guerrero and to all who are listening.

What we share today is not only about fear, but is also a testament to the courage to listen and act.

Talking about the impact of someone else’s actions on our own safety and emotional well being is highly personal. Sharing the effects of those actions with the public and admitting the fear that shaped our lives is difficult – we don’t want to give Mr. Phares the satisfaction, and we don’t want anyone to think the power of a threat is an effective way to silence others.

The truth is that we wouldn’t be here had each of us not been afraid for our personal safety and that of people we know and love. Mr. Phares caused harm, by both making a threat, and having the means to follow through. He should know this. Since Mr. Phares’ threat, we found ourselves questioning not only our own safety, but the safety of others. This includes those who attend events we organize, our loved ones, friends, and coworkers. We had to have difficult conversations because we know that while some people only threaten, others threaten ​and​ kill. We can never know what Mr. Phares intentions were.

This brings us to courage. Today, we recognize those who took the time to listen and act on the voices of three women. This is no small act. We hope this statement will stand as a reminder that victims matter. Saying the truth is one step, but listening and acting is just as important.

We thank Detective Suzie Walsh and the SLOPD, Mr. Peuvrelle and the DAs office, and Victim Witness for their courage, commitment, and support in seeing this case through, rather than dismissing us. We also thank you. Some people have said that each of you should have done these things – this is your job. That is true. What is also true is that in many cases women’s voices are not heard, not believed, and not acted upon. We know that it takes courage to listen. It takes courage to believe. And it takes courage to act. We thank you for that.

We are also here today because of our own courage. We did not let silence speak for us, although it would have been easier to do so.

We want to say to all women, and people, who are or have been afraid of someone who is trying to silence them – what each of us faces may be different, and many face far greater threats for speaking truth in far softer voices – nonetheless, you matter.

We are earnest in sharing that Mr. Phares’ actions caused fear and harm. We are concerned about his continuous use of derogatory and offensive language on social media. We are concerned about his comments alluding to not following through with the anger management therapy. Based on those comments, we are not convinced that Mr. Phares realizes the harm he has caused, and we are concerned that he has no interest in correcting his behavior. We hope we will be proven wrong.

However, we are also honest when we say that fear will not keep us quiet, or stop us from working toward a positive and just future for all. We don’t act out of fear, we act in spite of it.


Dawn Addis, Women’s March San Luis Obispo Organizer
Andrea Chmelik, Women’s March San Luis Obispo Organizer
Heather Gray, Democrats of San Luis Obispo Club President
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