Meetings & Events

April Meeting: Protect our Environment & Stop Global Warming

posted Apr 11, 2014, 11:58 PM by pdsb chapter   [ updated Apr 16, 2014, 4:07 PM ]

Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara
April Meeting:
Protect our Environment & Stop Global Warming

Join the rapidly growing movement to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County, by helping us get an initiative on the ballot this year!

When: Guests from Santa Barbara County Water Guardians will join us at our next Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara Meeting -- This Wednesday, April 16 at 5:30 pm. We will be meeting at 701 E Victoria Street, Santa Barbara. We will also have information about other local campaigns. 

Who: The Santa Barbara County Water Guardians ( is a rapidly growing coalition of students, professionals, farmers, parents, professors, non-profits and retirees. 

What: Place an initiative on the November 2014 ballot to ban fracking and other hazardous extraction techniques in our beautiful county.

Why Ban Fracking Now:  Because fracking in California is for heavy, dirty tar-oil that will be transported to the highest bidder. Because we like clean air, fresh water, and safe energy. Because we must protect our precious resources and health from the multiple hazards of extreme oil extraction techniques facing our county. Because we are at an energy crossroads, with companies like Santa Maria Energy, proposing 7,700 new wells, using the most emissions intensive form of extraction in the world, which won't be covered by SB4 regulations, nor the proposed statewide moratorium. Because there is no way that we can lower our countywide emissions if these projects go through. And because we cannot afford to wait even two more years. 

Why a ballot initiative: In order to get a ban passed through the County Board of Supervisors we would need support from 4 out of the 5 board members and that is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. 

Why join the fight? Because it allows us to become more fully alive at a time when the world desperately needs us to be. And because we always have A LOT of fun together! Join us!


Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara (PDSB)

PDSB Issue Areas Include:
1. Economic Justice
2. End the War, Redirect Funding
3. Health Care for All
4. Clean, Fair & Transparent Elections & Government
5. Protect our Environment & Stop Global Warming
6. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)

Rally For Women's Rights!

posted Mar 24, 2014, 4:13 PM by pdsb chapter

As part of a nationwide day of action, join us in solidarity as we stand and protect the Affordable Care Act’s Birth Control Benefit! Tuesday, March 25 from 12-1pm at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse (Under the archway) Help us let our community know what’s at stake!
*On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a pair of cases-Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v.Sebelius- that challenge the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit; The benefit guarantees that women receive health insurance coverage for all FDA-approved methods of birth control without copays. In each of these cases, lawyers will argue that corporations should have the power to deny employees birth control coverage based on the employer’s personal religious objections.
These cases could create a slippery slope, giving for-profit employers the right to use religion to justify interfering with their employees’ own medical preferences. The bottom line is that the choice about whether to use birth control should be between a woman and her doctor — and no employer should be able to interfere with that right! 

Roe Event & Ad

posted Jan 8, 2014, 11:49 PM by pdsb chapter   [ updated Jan 8, 2014, 11:51 PM ]

Happy New Year! This is a reminder that the Roe Anniversary Event is coming up and the deadline to be included in the ad. To be included be sure to email by Friday, Jan. 10The Roe Anniversary event is Thursday, Jan. 23. It is a screening and discussion with the filmmakers of the documentary film, "After Tiller.

Roe Event


posted Oct 3, 2013, 10:50 AM by pdsb chapter

Dear Progressive Democrats,

Move To Amend - Santa Barbara has organized a special preview showing of the new film INEQUALITY FOR ALL!!
Time:  7:00 pm, October 3, 2013
Place:  Plaza De Oro Theater, 371 Hitchcock Way, Santa Barbara
Cost:  $6.25 (Special Discount!!), will be collected at the door.
After the movie, we will have an "after-party" at the Natural Cafe, right next door to the theater.

For more info, see the attached PDF or our webpage,

Hope to see you there!

Mike Weissman
Santa Barbara Move to Amend is a partner affiliate of the Move to Amend Coalition
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS: PO Box 610, Eureka CA 95502 | (707) 269-0984  

International Day of Peace

posted Sep 22, 2013, 7:31 PM by pdsb chapter



Celebrating International Day of Peace










MAYOR HELENE SCHNEIDER will read the Peace Proclamation

Santa Barbara is a CITY for PEACE


Presented by:




Supported by the Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara

Sponsored by Santa Barbara Resource Group, Inc.

Educate Congress Letter Drop

posted Aug 20, 2013, 9:24 AM by pdsb chapter   [ updated Aug 20, 2013, 9:31 AM ]

Wednesday, August 21, Join Lois Hamilton at noon.
Office of Rep. Lois Capps, 301 E. Carrillo St. Santa Barbara.

  In the Spirit of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to
  mark the 50th Anniversary of the Historic March on
  Washington for Jobs and Freedom
  Democrats of America supporters and allies 
will deliver
   letters to our elected officials. We will ask them to
  cosponsor important legislation at
200+ offices in home
  districts and on Capitol Hill.

H.R. 1000: The Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act which would create jobs rebuilding America. Text of the bill, cosponsors and other information.
H.R. 12: The Voter Empowerment Act to Simplify and Modernize the Voting Process. Offering Equal Access for Every Citizen. Text of the bill, cosponsors and other information.
H.J.Res. 44: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to vote. Text of the bill, cosponsors and other information.
H.J.Res. 43: Removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment 
Text of the bill, cosponsors and other information.
H.R. 1579: The Inclusive Prosperity Act: also known as the Financial Speculation Tax (FST) and Robin Hood Tax (RHT). Text of the bill, cosponsors and other information.

Visit to learn more about Progressive Democrats of America!

Move To Amend --Santa Barbara Monthly Meeting

posted Aug 20, 2013, 9:18 AM by pdsb chapter

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Pilgrim Terrace, 649 Pilgrim Terrace Drive 93101 Santa Barbara

(info via Mike, Antonia, and Laurence Co-Chairs, Move To Amend-Santa Barbara Contact: Mike Weissman

We will have general meetings once a month, on the 3rd Tuesday (to correspond with the MTA national phone call) at 7:00 pm.  We have booked the hall at Pilgrim Terrace for this first meeting on August 20th.  (It is a large hall - let’s fill it!)

Please think about actions that our local chapter should take on.  Here are some ideas to get you going:

Participate in Move To Amend Campaigns (see

Pledge to Amend
Houseparties for Democracy
We the People Listen
500,000 Signatures

Create our own local activities:

Forums (We already have one in the works!)
Tabling at Museum Corner, Farmers Market, Shopping Centers, etc.
Constitutional Study Group
“How to talk to conservatives” Study Group
City Resolution
County Resolution
State Resolution and Actions
Movie Nights


Pro-Choice Coalition Great American Write-In

posted Aug 20, 2013, 9:12 AM by pdsb chapter

In recognition of Women's Equality Day, the Santa Barbara Pro-Choice Coalition Stand With Us! invites you to its 10th annual "Great American Write-In" on Saturday, August 24 from 1:00-3:30pm at the Santa Barbara Central Library's Faulkner Gallery. 

The letter signing will take place from 1:00pm-2:45pm. At 2:45 Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider will lead us in a march to the corner of State and Anapamu, where a "Stand Up for Choice!" rally will take place until 3:30pm. 

This year's theme is "Stand with us! We won't go back!"  Please fill out the enclosed form to register your organization for this event.  This exciting day will provide a unique opportunity for members of our community to come together in support of reproductive health and justice.

This past year we have seen a continuation of the war on women and our reproductive rights.  Hundreds of bills restricting access to reproductive care have passed in Congress and statehouses across the nation.  While we marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade this past January, the assault on our most basic rights continues.  Despite these setbacks, we continue to fight back.  As I write this letter, thousands of Texas women are rallying to save abortion access in the Lone Star State.  Spurred by the heroic and courageous filibuster by Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, millions of women around the world have been inspired to join the fight.

In addition to organizing a large-scale state and federal lobbying effort through letter-signing, the Great American Write-In will provide an opportunity for organizations to network with one another, distribute materials, and recruit new members.   

As a coalition, we represent thousands of reproductive health advocates and our elected officials need to hear from us about the importance of protecting access to reproductive health care.  Please join us for this exciting day!

"Educate Congress" Letter

posted Jul 16, 2013, 3:53 PM by pdsb chapter


On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, The Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara will deliver our July "Educate Congress" Letter to our Congresswoman Lois Capps, asking her to co-sponsor some important legislation that has recently come across her desk for consideration.  We have been watching and waiting to see her name on the list of Congress people in the House who have stepped up to co-sponsor these critical bills 

I have attached the letter (in this post) which I will be delivering in person to Capps' office at 301 E. Carrillo Street this Wednesday at noon.  I hope that any of you who can will show up and accompany me to Lois Capps' door to deliver this important letter.

I will bring signs.  I would love to see you there on Wednesday.

Peace, Progress, Courage & Compassion,

Lois Hamilton

Santa Barbara Chapter Leader

Progressive Democrats of America

aka Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara

The Letter:

To: The Honorable Congresswoman Lois Capps

From: Your Progressive Constituents of CA CD 24

July 17, 2013

Dear Congresswoman Capps,

As voters in CA CD 24, we urge you to recognize the 48th Anniversary of Medicare by healing America and ending austerity. We call upon you to: 

Cosponsor, speak out, and support H.R. 1579: The Inclusive Prosperity Act—also known as the Financial Speculation Tax (FST) or Robin Hood Tax (RHT)—which would generate hundreds of $billions to fund job creation, expand the economy, alleviate student debt, address healthcare needs, and protect essential programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. This small levy on certain financial transactions would limit speculation that causes unstable financial bubbles, and fiscal instability. The U.S. prospered under a similar tax from 1914 to 1966. The United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and several other nations currently have such a tax. Lead sponsor: Rep. Keith Ellison (MN).

Cosponsor, speak out, and support H.R. 676: the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act which would establish a non-profit universal healthcare program. Instead of cuts, we should expand Medicare to cover everyone in the United States. Medicare is cheaper and much more popular than private health insurance. Expanding Medicare to the entire population would save more than enough to eliminate cost sharing (co-pays and deductibles). Lead sponsor: Rep. John Conyers (MI).

Cosponsor, speak out, and support H.R. 1000: The Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act which would establish the National Full Employment Trust Fund to create employment opportunities for the unemployed and would provide a job to any American who is willing and able to work. In addition to creating jobs, this legislation would address community needs by improving housing, education, job readiness, and infrastructure. Lead Sponsor Rep. John Conyers (MI).

We invite continued engagement with you. Please provide us with the name and contact information for your staffer(s) responsible for the above issues.

Thank you for your time and attention,

Lois Hamilton

Santa Barbara Chapter Leader

Progressive Democrats of America

AKA Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara

Democracy Forum on Reversing "Citizens United"

posted Jun 6, 2013, 10:48 PM by Emily Allen   [ updated Jul 6, 2013, 10:26 PM by pdsb chapter ]

Event of Interest

David Cobb and Senator Jackson to speak on Citizens United, 7/7/13

The Santa Barbara chapter of Move To Amend hosts David Cobb, national Move To Amend spokesperson, in a community forum on why the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision is toxic to American democracy and what can be done about it.

David Cobb is a lawyer, political activist, and engaged citizen. He has dedicated his adult life to making the promise of a democratic republic in the United States a reality. In 2004 he ran for president on the Green Party ticket.

In addition, we are privileged to welcome State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson to the forum and to hear her views on how to overturn Citizens United. A representative from Assemblyman Das Williams’s office will also be available to fill us in on what is happening in the State Legislature.

Event: Community Forum on Citizens United

Location: The Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Central Library, at the corner of Anacapa and Anapamu Streets.

Day and Time: Sunday, July 7, 2013, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

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