56 results for author: David Hoffman


Noche Sabrosa — August 19, 2017

  5th Annual All You Can Eat Taco and Dance Party Community Church of Sebastopol 1000 Gravenstein Hwy N. Sebastopol, Calif. Saturday, August 19, 2017 6:00 - 10:00 PM  Live music with Los Ritmicos, as well as a Capoiera performance from local Sonoma County groups. Tickets - Sliding Scale: $25 - $50 Get tickets online!     http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3040453 Put the event on your calendars, and consider purchasing a table of 10 ($250) or sponsoring the event at a higher level. No one turned away, bring what you can and who you can, but please bring yourself!

Thousands Gather at Sonoma County Fairgrounds to Show Another World Possible

While thousands of people protested at airports across the country Sunday against President Donald Trump’s executive order barring people from several predominantly Muslim nations from entry into the United States, people crammed shoulder to shoulder into Garrett Hall at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for a number of different reasons. They signed up to volunteer for environmental groups, discuss politics with military veterans, write encouraging letters to refugees across the world, read about composting food and ask about affordable-housing advocacy programs. “I want to fight the good fight right now,” said Tanya Turneaure, a Sebastopol ...

Sonoma County Activists to Showcase Campaigns in Hopes of Boosting Action

by Chris Smith, Santa Rosa Press Democrat Turning talk into action is the aim of a Community Engagement Fair coming Sunday afternoon[, January 29, 2017] to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. More than 80 activist and service organizations will be present to showcase [how] to become involved in ... immigrant rights, the environment, the LGBTQ, sustainable agriculture and other[ concerns]. Co-host[s for the gathering ... are the North Bay Organizing Project, Sonoma County Conservation Action, The Farmers Guild, the Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Alliance for Regenerative Communities and Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Women’s March Unites County in Peaceful Protest

by Amie Windsor, Sonoma West Times and News, Jan 25, 2017 Despite morning deluges and cold temperatures, roughly 5,000 people filled the streets near Santa Rosa's city hall [on Saturday, January 21, 2017] in support of the Women’s March on Washington The local, peaceful protest was. coordinated by a grassroots effort of Standing Together for Women, composed of Anne Kain and Anne McGivern of Santa Rosa. [ ... ] [Speakers included] former 6th District Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Santa Rosa city councilmember Julie Combs, ... Santa Rosa/Sonoma County NAACP [president] Ann Gray Byrd, Alicia Sanchez, longtime Latina activist, lawyer, labor ...

Immigration Fears Addressed at Community Meeting

by Anna Pier, Sonoma Valley Sun, November 17, 2016 Speakers at a community meeting at La Luz Center about what a Trump presidency will mean for U.S. immigration policy set out to calm fears and offer advice Tuesday night[, November 15]. [ ... ] In all, four local agencies sent representatives to explain the resources available to the community. Davin Cárdenas from North Bay Organizing Project spoke passionately about the need to “draw democracy down,” to take control at the grass roots level. “We need to inoculate ourselves against the hateful rhetoric,” he said. “We need to put our best face forward, our most dignified selves so ...

Sonoma County and California Defiant After Donald Trump’s Election

by Paul Payne, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, November 12, 2016           [T]he reality of a Trump White House elicited disappointment, dread and disgust among many in Sonoma County and across much of California. Here, voters threw overwhelming support behind Clinton ... — a sharp contrast to the nation’s pivot right [on] Tuesday[, November 8]. [ ... ] In downtown Santa Rosa last week, protesters carried signs reading, “Love Trumps Hate,” and “Not my president.” Others waved U.S. and Mexico flags in protest of Trump’s call for wide-scale deportations and a border wall with Mexico. [ ... ...

Youth Environmental Artivist Summit

by April Moran Reza (Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods) Sonoma County Gazette, October 26, 2016 Fourteen students and over thirty-five helpers, presenters, volunteers, community leaders and coordinators came together [on July 28-31, 2016] to participate and contribute to the creation of Y.E.A.S. [ ... ] Workshops ranged in theme from watershed ecology to yoga, from civic engagement to outdoor ethics, from a salmon life cycle mural painting, to self-made camp packet meals, from kayaking to an overview of the California State Park system delivered by Sonoma Coast State Park’s very own Ranger Ben. [ ... ...

Under One Roof: Strength in Diversity

by Ashley Simon, Center for Community Engagement blog, Sonoma State University, October 17, 2016  I attended the North Bay Organizing Project's 6th Annual Meeting ["Under One Roof: Strength in Diversity" on Sunday, October 16, 2016].  This meeting emphasized voting as one of the main ways to get the community's voice heard. As there are local government re/elections and 17 state-wide ballot measures, this is an important election year. [ ... ] At last year's meeting, one of the big issues the community was working on was housing. Then this past summer, Santa Rosa's City Council voted 4-2 in favor of Rent Stabilization and Just Cause ...

Groups Will Host Candidates’ Forum

Staff Report, Sonoma Index-Tribune, October 6, 2016 There will be a candidates’ forum for the Sonoma County Board of Education, District 1, and Sonoma Valley Unified School District board of trustees, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at La Luz Center’s Booker Hall. ... Spanish language interpretation will be provided. ... La Luz Center’s Booker Hall is located at 17560 Greger St. [ ... ] This free event is sponsored by the El Verano Elementary English Language Acquisition Committee (ELAC) and co-sponsored by North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP), La Luz Center, and the Springs Community Alliance. [ ... ] For those unable to meet the ...

Protesters Call Out ‘Fraud’ of Santa Rosa Rent Control Petition

by Kevin McCallum, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, September 22, 2016   Protesters picketed the offices of the California Apartment Association in Santa Rosa on Thursday to call attention to what they say are fraudulent efforts by petition gatherers trying to overturn the city’s new rent control law. About a dozen people carrying signs gathered in the parking lot of the association’s office on Round Barn Boulevard[. Protesters] said they were symbolically “evicting” the association from its home, voicing hope that their actions would highlight efforts by the association representing landlords to block the city’s rent control and ...