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Sister District Sonoma West County

SEBASTOPOL, FORESTVILLE, GUERNEVILLE, OCCIDENTAL, HEALDSBURG, WINDSOR AND WEST SANTA ROSA

About our team

Thank you, everyone, for all that you did to make November 2020's election a success. We made a difference. We're actively looking now for new volunteers.  

We are based in Sebastopol with members and volunteers from West County to Santa Rosa and north to Healdsburg and Cloverdale. 

Tired of being frustrated with the news?  Join us and take action!

Click on each photo below to see more detail.

I didn't expect my Walk it Blue adventure to be so much fun. I was joined by my husband Jerry. Our first special experience was coming upon the very appropriately named Wander Tread. After a lovely walk past Safeway and Analy High School, we chanced upon a skate dance gathering in the parking lot of Wischman Hall. The lovely dj told me this has been going on for 7 weeks so far, and, tip to the fun loving, there's a dance party in the parking lot every Friday night! She was very interested to hear about Sister District and thanked us for our efforts. Right next door at the Community Center, a walk-in vaccination clinic was going on, offering your choice of all three vaccines. We peeked in the door and business was slow. We loved meeting the very friendly EMT and talking about ways to get people to go for the jab. One customer coming for her second dose also stopped to chat and also thanked us for our support of Sister District. She said her daughter had already told her about it! A few feet away a spirited Little League game was going on and we got four very spiffed up athletes to pose for us. We finally got to our destination, the seasonal bridge over the Laguna. A couple moms and their high spirited kids were willing to pause to take our picture and they too were very happy to hear about Sister District. On the way home we detoured to ring the bell of our friends and congratulate one of Analy High School's newest graduates and hear about the prom. Here are my photos and Mission Accomplished. Thank you Sister District and Walk it Blue, I had fun, got some exercise, spent time with my husband, met my neighbors, and spread the word about Sister District. Win-win-win -- I lost count of how many wins. -Margo Miller

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Monthly Volunteer Action Meeting: Wednesday, August 18th, 6-7pm at Karen's house (for those who are vaccinated) or via Zoom. The in-person meeting will start at 5pm for a social hour, bring a munchie or a beverage. Zoom will start at 5:45pm.

Email us for the address or Zoom link.

 

Monthly Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month, starting at 5pm for a social hour for those attending in person. The Zoom meeting will start at 5:45pm.

 

We are currently supporting two candidates in VA:

  • Chris Hurst, District 12, is currently a member of the House of Delegates. He is an incumbent running for a 3rd term, and has an excellent legislative history in the House. He has written several laws that have passed. Donate to Chris.
  • Debra Gardner, District 27, is a first time candidate.  She is running against an incumbent Republican. Debra has a BA and MA in Public Administration and Sociology. She has 30 years of public service experience. Donate to Debra.

 


Sister District Barbership Interview Series

 

Interviews are broadcast on Instagram Live. To access the event, log on to www.instagram.com/sister_district

Join Sister District for a series of Instagram Live interviews with some of the most thought-provoking and inspiring Black men leading the civil rights and social justice movements today.

August 12: Reverend Al Sharpton, Erasing the School to Prison Pipeline

More guests coming soon!

All interviews are hosted by Organizing and Political Director Jarvis Houston. Transcripts are available after air date on our blog: https://sisterdistrict.com/blog

 

Wine & Garden Party Fundraiser: Saturday, August 28th, 1-4pm
Please Register: https://bit.ly/wine-register
And then Donate: https://bit.ly/donate-wine

 Wine and Garden Party organized by Sister District Sonoma West County

What We’ve Been Up To

  • Candidate Chris Hurst joined the Zoom. He shared that he is fighting hard to keep the seat, and has had a key vote on issues in VA like banning the death penalty and expanding healthcare. He has a goal to bring broadband access to every home and business in his district in the next 2 years. He said a key way for Sonoma West to help in addition to fundraising will be phone banking in the final weeks of the race.
  • Madison Thomas, our new Sister District Organizing Manager, joined the Zoom. She worked on Sara Gideon's State Senate campaign in rural Maine, as well as on the Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof Senate run-off campaigns in Georgia.
  • The Outreach Committee has enrolled 9 new members in the past 2 weeks.
  • Garden Party fundraiser will be on August 28th from 1-4pm. Appetizers and food helpers still needed. Email flyers will go out July 26-27. Members are encouraged to send event Postcards to your friends that are not members, who may have an interest in attending the event or bidding on raffle/auction items. Please send your post cards after you receive your email flyer. Remember, this is our biggest fund raising event this year.  Our success is dependent on having a full house of 120 attendees and raising as much money as possible through the raffle and silent auction!
  • Walk it Blue in-person on Saturday, September 25th at Forestville Community Park.
  • Catherine Lipson is supporting those interested in throwing house parties-- see the minutes for contact info.
  • For details see our July 21, 2021 meeting minutes here.

 

Sonoma West Member Highlight: Meet: Katherine Walker, San Diego

 

Katherine lives with her husband and two daughters in San Diego.

 

Current or past professions:

I grew up in the restaurant industry working both the front and back of house. My love of food, environment and equity led me to my current career at a global food service company. I lead performance management of their sustainability and corporate responsibility commitments.

 

Hobbies and passions:

Exploring new places, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. I used to travel extensively, but between work and kids, I now seek out these experiences closer to home. 

 

Genesis of  political activism:

Protesting a housing development in Forestville during the annual town parade when I was 6; my mom made a ‘Keep our Town Tiny’ sign for me to wear as I biked in the parade. In high school, I was a student leader of the West County Health Center’s Teen Clinic and helped provide free, private, and safe sexual healthcare and education to teens in the area.  

 

What keeps us up at night?

The challenges my daughters will experience as black women. They will grow up with similar benefits that I enjoyed, but will encounter many more roadblocks, setbacks, and discrimination. While I actively work to help change the systems and viewpoints that will affect them, the unfortunate reality is that we will have to teach them how to navigate a world that often devalues their worth.

 

How did you hear about SDP?

My mom, Karen Walker, helped found the Sonoma West County chapter. Come to think of it, she keeps getting me roped into her passion projects. 

 

What appealed to us about SDP?

That I could participate in political activism while chasing after my kids! But seriously, the ability to contribute to this work without meeting in person, attending fundraisers etc. has been crucial for me. 

 

How were we involved with SDP during the last election?

Designing event flyers, organizing registration for events, managing our member list, managing our communications and anything else than can be accomplished behind the scenes.

 

What have you learned?

That activism doesn’t always mean being on the front lines of protests. Every skill can be useful for positive political purposes. We all have a role to play and we all are the best at something! 

 

Goals for 2021:

Training members to take on some of my responsibilities and seeing them improve my processes. 

 

One thing about you people would be surprised to learn?

After doing a semester long research project on Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, including getting her to record an interview with me, I was able to meet her in person during an eighth grade class trip to Washington DC. Although our politics don't completely align, she is an incredible woman, committed to encouraging young girls.

 
 
 

2020 West County Wins

Ann Johnson Stewart, Minnesota State Senate District 44

Shea Roberts, Georgia House of Representatives District 52


Dollars raised: $31,038

Phone bank calls made: 9,589

Postcards sent: 798

Covid VOTE Masks distributed: 500


Total raised to date by Sister District National for candidates: $1,837,986.94

Our team in action

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