In Diversity, Immigration, Special Topics
Organization Website Mission
SB Progressive Coalition meets twice monthly (1 Monday, 1 Saturday) at Casa de la Raza; working groups on health care, immigrant rights, women’s rights, economic justice, sustainability, and more; join us!
Fund for Santa Barbara community foundation that supports grassroots organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change in Santa Barbara County
SB County Action Network Countywide organization promotes social and economic justice, to preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and to create sustainable communities
League of Women Voters of SB encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy for social change
CA– USE Santa Barbara builds grassroots power to invoke social, economic and environmental justice; farmworker rights, tenants rights, and more
CA– USE Santa Maria
PODER People Organized for the Defense & Equal Rights of SB Youth (PODER) is a broad coalition of SB community residents and organizations
Indivisble SB lobbies Congress using the national Indivisible Guide and holds ResistTrumpTuesday weekly actions
Indivisble Carpinteria lobbies Congress using the national Indivisible Guide and holds ResistTrumpTuesday weekly actions
Student Activist Network Rapid Response Network on any strikes, protests, or demonstrations happening around Santa Barbara
CALPIRG UCSB works to stop global warming, help the hungry and homeless, protect our oceans, get big money out of politics, and more
Our Revolution SB County educates and engages County residents around the core issues highlighted in Bernie Sanders’ platform; discusses and enacts creative strategies for reaching those goals
Political Rights and Participation/Good Governance
Democratic Party of SB County mobilizes voters to elect Democrats at all levels of government; holds elected officials accountable through public advocacy, coalition work, as well as through their endorsement process
Democratic Service Club registers voters, canvasses and phonebanks for candidates and initiatives endorsed by the Democratic Party; volunteers needed
Democratic Club of Santa Barbara meets 3rd Wednesday monthly (check for location) championing progressive policies and candidates
Democratic Women of SB County promotes Democratic principles, issues, and candidates by educating the public, increasing voter participation, and ensuring election integrity
UCSB Campus Democrats conducts voter registration drives at UCSB and in Isla Vista, volunteers for Democratic candidates & ballot measures, and organizes students for progressive causes
SB Women’s Political Committee political action on behalf of feminist values of social, political and economic gender equality
Goodland Coalition defends quality of life in Goleta through policies that protect, preserve, and improve Goleta’s unique character; encourages participation in community planning and decision-making
Progressive Democrats “Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party” works to pull the party to the left on issues of war and peace, health-care reform, economic justice and presidential accountability
Money Out Voters In – SB chapter local chapter of statewide group responsible for placing Proposition 59 (legislation to counter the Citizens United case) on the ballot
Environment/Climate Change/Sustainability/Transportation
350 SB climate justice movement in Santa Barbara
Audubon Society SB connects people with birds and nature through education, science-based projects and advocacy
Bici Centro SB Bicycle Coalition, community bike shop
Carpinteria Valley Assoc educates and advocates on land use, planning, and community development; emphasize natural environment of Carpinteria Valley, Summerland, and surrounding region
Citizens’ Climate Lobby local chapter of natl group – promotes the Carbon Fee & Dividend solution
COAST provides advocacy, education and outreach to improve transportation options; promote rail, bus, bike and pedestrian access
Community Environmental Council identifies, advocates, and raises awareness about the most pressing environmental issues (climate change, renewable energy)
UCSB Environmental Affairs Board protects, preserves and enhances the environment, principally at UCSB and its surrounding communities
Environmental Defense Center protects and enhances the environment of California’s south central coast through education, advocacy, and legal action
Explore Ecology environmental programs; encourages creative thinking through hands-on science education and art discovery
Food and Water Watch – Santa Barbara protects Californian’s water from fracking, curtails oil drilling, and makes the state’s agriculture more environmentally and socially responsible
Frack Back to Save the Central Coast stops dangerous enhanced oil & gas development on the Central Coast, works to ban fracking statewide, & move to clean renewables
Gaviota Coast Conservancy protects the rural character and environmental integrity of the Gaviota Coast
Get Oil Out! (GOO) fighting oil companies since 1969 oil spill
Los Padres Forest Watch works to protect the Los Padres National Forest, located in a “biodiversity hotspot,” from threats to these public lands
Naples Coalition works to preserve the Gaviota Coast view sheds, restore the bio diverse habitat, maintain wildlife corridors, protect the sensitive coastal bluff, and provide appropriate public access
Safe Energy Now! North Santa Barbara County residents and businesses, working together to stop unsafe local energy operations that threaten our health and water, and encouraging safer, renewable energy
Santa Ynez Valley Alliance protects the rural character of the Santa Ynez Valley and support good stewardship of natural and agricultural resources through education, comprehensive planning, and public participation
Save the Mermaids educates community about human-sourced ocean polluting and advocate for behaviors that benefit the ocean environment
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper protects and restores the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds through science-based advocacy, education, field work and enforcement
Citizens Planning Assoc of SB County focuses on countywide land use issues; advocate for best standards of design and natural resource protection to maintain sustainable communities
Sierra Club SB protects critical habitat and open space; promote clean renewable energy; work directly in elections to pass environmental ballot measures and elect environmental leaders
Sprout Up teaches environmental education in classrooms
SB Standing Rock Coalition Chumash leaders and other SB activists in support of #NoDAPL; advocates for clean water, safe energy and indigenous rights
Students Against Fracking UCSB informs the public on issues of high-intensity oil extraction techniques in California
Surfers Without Borders teaches environmental awareness, reduces ocean pollution, promotes sustainable development, and fosters good relations between surfers and coastal communities around the world
Surfrider Foundation dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education
UCSB Fossil Free movement to divest from and sever links between the University of California and the fossil fuel industry
World Business Academy transforms business world’s consciousness of our planetary fuel system
Social and Economic Justice/Civil Rights/Criminal Justice/Education
ACLU local SB chapter; defends civil liberties
Anti-Defamation League fights hate crimes, racism, and anti-semitism; trains law enforcement
Black Lives Matter Black self-determination, criminal justice reform
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians local, native tribe
Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation local, native tribe
Clergy and Laity United for Econ Justice inter-faith community leaders and members; addresses local economic injustices to those marginalized in SB county
Coalition Against Gun Violence prevents gun violence through education, collaboration and common sense gun legislation advocacy
Future Leaders of America steers young Latino men and women out of poverty and into college and careers
Girls Inc. galvanizes young women to be strong, smart, and bold; after-school and summer programs; scholarships; volunteers needed
Islamic Society of Santa Barbara local Muslim community
Just Communities works to ensure that Central Coast schools, organizations, and communities are places of opportunity, not places of limitation; leadership development, dialogue, action planning, and mobilizing
Pacific Pride Foundation provides services to the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities of Santa Barbara County
Padres Unidos advocates for equity in education, seeking to inform and empower parents, and to close the achievement gap among all students, promoting their academic, social, and emotional development
PFLAG SB family members, friends, and allies of LGBTQ people; holds Love. Period Celebration annually
SB Transgender Advocacy Network provides support to transgender men and women, genderqueer people, and their families
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) organizes white people for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education
United Boys and Girls Clubs SB County after-school athletic and education programs at nine locations across the county; tutors, coaches, and referees needed
Safety Net/Housing
Catholic Worker Movement comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable
Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness (C3H) reduces the number of people experiencing homelessness, as well as minimizes the impacts of homelessness in Santa Barbara County
Community Action Commission fights poverty – programs for seniors, children ages 0-5, teens
Common Ground SB County conducts annual point in time count, and works to reduce homelessness and its impacts through professional and volunteer outreach
Congregation B’nai B’rith reform Jewish community; has social action committee that leads projects to help homeless, refugees, and others
Domestic Violence Solutions – SB County provides safe and confidential shelter to battered women and their children, offers advocacy and support; volunteers needed
Foodbank of SB County ends hunger and transforms the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition
Food From the Heart prepares and delivers nutritious meals to the homebound ill; Food From the Heart serves approximately 155 clients per week in the Santa Barbara/Goleta areas
Independent Living Resource Center helps disabled people secure work and housing, get paired with personal assistants, navigate the labyrinthine Social Security system, and connect with peers
People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) end shomelessness by helping individuals transition from homelessness to housing; provides short-term interim housing, case management, and health services
Rental Housing Roundtable addresses the lack of legal protection for SB renters in order to end unjust evictions, unfair treatment of tenants and increase the number of rental units available
211 SB County Health & Human Services Info directory of local public agencies and nonprofit services
Workers Rights
Tri-Counties Central Labor Council umbrella federation for working men and women; works to ensure that all people who work receive the rewards of their work—decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, respect and fair treatment
SEIU Local 620 union of public service workers, nurses, hospital staff, nursing home care providers, building services and security guards
IBEW Local 413 elevates moral, intellectual and social conditions of members of local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union
Lideres Campesinas rights of farmworker women
UAW 2865 SB union representing academic student employees (tutors, readers, and teaching assistants) at UCSB
United Domestic Workers – AFSCME Local 3930 union of homecare providers; fights for better working conditions
Health Care
Health Care for All – California advocates for “Medicare for All” — single-payer health care in California; Santa Barbara chapter of state organization
Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund expands access to quality reproductive health care for all, including safe and legal abortion, through community education, public policy initiatives, and support for aligned candidates
SB Neighborhood Clinics four medical clinics and two dental offices serve as a vital safety net for the poor and the uninsured
SB Rape Crisis Center empowers people through healing and social change to eliminate all forms of sexual violence
Legal Services
Legal Aid Foundation supplies attorney representation and advice to low-income residents, seniors, domestic violence victims, and immigrants on housing; fights abuse and fraud
California Rural Legal Assistance free legal services for farmworkers and immigrants; conduct education workshops on housing, employment, and health
Importa represents low-income immigrant clients before Homeland Security; facilitates DACA protections, naturalization for green card holders; assists with status and asylum cases
Global Human Rights and Peace
Human Rights Watch hosts annual dinner honoring courageous individuals who protect and defend human rights around the world
Veterans for Peace veterans work with others to use non-violent means to work toward world peace
KPFK 98.7 FM public radio
Santa Barbara Independent Santa Barbara’s latest news, features, opinions, arts coverage, and entertainment calendar, every week in print since 1986 and every day online since 2007
Channels 17-20 channel 18 – local programmning; channel 19 – City TV; channel 20 – County TV
Fund for Santa Barbara events sponsored by local progressive organizations
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