Wendy Carrillo

Wendy Carrillo

Following last year’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee (SBWPC) is bringing back Cosmopolitics, one of its most popular events, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Santa Barbara Club.

Cosmopolitics is an evening of socializing and conversations about key political issues facing women in California and the nation.

Cosmopolitics 2019 brings together a diverse group of politically engaged feminists and their supporters. A highlight of the event is the role guests play by participating in the evening, which includes a cocktail reception, appetizers, lively conversations, along with networking opportunities.

Assembly member Wendy Carrillo, a former journalist elected in 2017 to represent the 51st District (East Los Angeles), will give the keynote address. Carrillo came to the U.S. as child with her family, fleeing El Salvador’s civil war. She was undocumented from age 5-13; she became a citizen on her 21st birthday, and became politically active by the time she was in high school.

For 10 years, Carrillo wrote, produced and hosted “Knowledge is Power,” a community-based radio show reaching 1.2 million listeners, discussing wide-ranging progressive issues with elected officials, community leaders and stakeholders. Described as a “bold, unapologetic progressive,” she ran on her political core values and goals of equity, justice and opportunity.

In 2019, Carrillo received Emily List’s Gabby Giffords Rising Star Award for her commitment to service and progress. #MoreOfUs is Carrillo’s powerful digital platform for promoting feminist issues, as well as gender and racial equity in politics.

“We are thrilled to have Wendy Carrillo as our keynote speaker,” said Luz Reyes Martin, SBWPC president. “Her advocacy of education, immigration reform, environmental justice, health care for all exemplifies our feminist values.

“Her personal and political journey and accomplishments are an inspiration to our young feminists in particular to become involved in activism, politics and policy-making.”

For more details and to buy tickets, visit sbwpc.org/events.

SBWPC seeks to achieve a society based upon the feminist values of social, political, racial and economic gender equality. As a nonpartisan political action committee, SBWPC endorses candidates who support its positions and promote a feminist agenda.

— Luz Reyes-Martin for Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee.