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Who are the founders of the Women’s March in SLO?

The Women’s March San Luis Obispo, a sister march to the Women’s March on Washington, found its roots when two local women, Jen Ford and Dawn Addis, felt inspired to make a difference. They were quickly joined by Andrea Chmelik, Terry Parry and Pat Harris.

Our “why”: We want to aid in the effort to tell our new administration that we expect all humans to be given fair and equal rights. We believe people from all backgrounds deserve respect from our Country’s leaders, and we feel we cannot quietly allow the assault on women’s and human rights to continue unanswered. We decided we must publicly stand with others locally and across our Nation, to make the voices of women, and those they love, heard. Power in numbers!

We believe “The Women’s March on Washington is just the first step; what comes after is up to us ALL” (Women’s March on Washington National Co-Chairs).

Marchers and volunteers from all walks of life are welcome, you don’t even have to be a woman (In fact, the Women’s March San Luis Obispo boasts the first male organizer in California)! Please join us and make your voice heard!

Note: The co-founders, our organizational network, march volunteers and participants do not receive monetary payment for their involvement with this march. We are NOT associated with any organization and have no “hidden agenda”. Our only agenda is clearly stated in our mission statement.

(left to right) Andrea Chmelik, Dawn Addis & Jen Ford


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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:
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