Our Fabulous Love Warriors,

Happy New Year! Now that it’s 2015, I wanted to take some time to let you all know about what we accomplished together in 2014!

Thanks to all of you, this local non-profit is the largest it has ever been! We’ve been able to not only tackle issues like anti-bullying legislation and marriage equality, but

a wide array of issues ranging from fighting police brutality to solution-based action against sex trafficking.

Here’s a list of some of our biggest accomplishments this year:

  • Protecting AB 1266 – The School Success and Opportunity Act — our activists mobilized thousands of San Diegans to take action and keep AB 1266 in effect! This law allows transgender students equal access to the sex-segregated facilities that match their gender identity. Despite fierce opposition from billion-dollar anti-LGBT groups, AB 1266 is still in effect!

  • Passing Prop 47 – The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act — we got out the vote to over 3,000 San Diegans in the weeks leading up to election day and helped Prop 47 pass with 55.9% of the vote! The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act eliminates felony sentencing for low-level nonviolent crimes, saving California $150-250 million per year (that would be spent on prisons) and reallocating that money to schools, mental health and drug treatment programs.

  • Participating in the Dignity in Schools Campaign’s Week of Action against School Push-Out. In October, our activists took to the streets to call for an end to school push-out and the school to prison pipeline. We had members of the media there as we rallied outside the San Diego Unified School District Office and called for a change to policies that target at-risk youth instead of helping them succeed.

  • Guerilla Pride — an alternative to the main stream corporate Pride Parade we hold each year in the summer. Guerilla Pride featured teach-ins and trainings, as well as performances and community events to engage San Diego in fighting for true equality, not just the image of it.

  • GSA empowerment and teach-ins — our activists visited over 20 gay-straight alliances at high-schools and middle-schools across San Diego. We delivered teach-ins on issues ranging from trans acceptance to the school-to-prison pipeline and taught dozens of students and faculty members about the LGBTQ community.
  • How did we do all of this? With hard work and YOUR help! Thanks to supporters like you, we are able to power our human-based activism and make positive change locally. We talk to the public, face-to-face, every day, about these issues, and together, we show people that we CAN make a difference. We do this through collecting letters and petitions, calling representatives, using our staff as a strike team who can hit the streets—or an office—at any time that we need to take action, and changing the hearts and minds of our neighbors. As always, we are 100% small-donor funded by people, not corporations, so every bit of support truly helps. We can’t wait to see what the next year has to offer, and hope to see you at one of our rallies, teach-ins or in our thank you cards!

With love and solidarity,

 

Anna Prouty
Communications Director

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