Aligned Local Groups




SBCan : Santa Barbara County Action Network

Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) works to promote social and economic justice, to preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and to create sustainable communities.
Executive Director Ken Hough, (805) 563-0463, [email protected]

The Fund for Santa Barbara

The FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA is a 501c3 nonprofit community foundation dedicated to addressing the root causes of social, economic, environmental and political challenges in Santa Barbara County.



SYV Democratic Club

Get on their email list to receive notice of local events and action items
Larry Bishop, Chair
Democratic Club of Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 965-8030
Daraka Larimore-Hall, Executive Board Chair


Center for Biological Diversity

CBD is active locally opposing the illegal injection of oil waste into 7 federally protected aquifers located between Los Olivos, Lompoc, and Santa Maria. CBD lead the suit which (temporarily) halted fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel. The Center for Biological Diversity believes that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

Community Environmental Council

CEC has been active in helping to bring Community Choice Energy to Santa Barbara County.
CEC’s mission is to identify, advocate, and raise awareness about the most pressing environmental issues in the Santa Barbara region. Today, CEC is focused on pioneering real life solutions in areas with the biggest impact on climate change – most notably energy, transportation, and food systems. 

Environmental Defense Center

The EDC has been central in defending the coast during the Refugio Oil Spill and advocating for pipeline safety, and in fighting unsafe oil development in Santa Barbara County. The Environmental Defense Center protects and enhances the environment of California's south central coast through education, advocacy, and legal action. 

Food and Water Watch

F&WW has been active locally, opposing unsafe oil development in northern Santa Barbara County, and in helping small grassroots local groups. Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. F&WW has a local representative based in Santa Barbara.

Los Padres Forest Watch

Los Padres ForestWatch is the only local nonprofit organization protecting wildlife, wilderness, and clean water throughout the Los Padres National Forest, the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and other public lands along California's central coast for the benefit of our communities and future generations.

P.O. Box 831
Santa Barbara CA 93102
email: [email protected]

Safe Energy Now! North County

Sign up on the website and like on Facebook to receive notice of issues and actions in SYV, Los Alamos, Lompoc, and Santa Maria. Safe Energy Now! is an alliance of North Santa Barbara County residents, groups, and businesses, concerned about the escalating threat to our water and our health posed by the rapid expansion of unsafe oil industry operations and practices in the hills and canyons behind our towns, ranches, and farms. Together, we are working to stop unsafe energy operations and to encourage safer, renewable energy. 
Rebecca August, Chair (805) 350-0629

Sierra Club 

Sierra Club is not just for hiking anymore. It supports grass-roots activists and campaigns to protect local resources. Most recently, SC helped locals stop a disastrous steam-fracking project in Orcutt that would have caused over one hundred oil seeps and spills. Sierra Club is the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, SC led the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy. 

LOCAL: Arguello Group 
(SYV, Lompoc, Santa Maria)
Co-Chair - Rebecca August [email protected]
(805) 350-0629
Sierra Club, Los Padres Chapter
Chair - Jim Hines - [email protected]
Phone: (805) 965-9719

Santa Barbara Channel Keeper

Channel Keeper was very active defending the coast during the Refugio Oil Spill and advocating for pipeline safety. 
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds through science-based advocacy, education, field work and enforcement. We work on the water and in the communities along the Santa Barbara Channel to monitor water quality, restore aquatic ecosystems, advocate for clean water, enforce environmental laws, and educate and engage citizens in implementing solutions to water pollution and aquatic habitat degradation.

Women's Environmental Watch

Working together to sustain the beauty and environment of the Santa Ynez Valley. W.E.Watch focuses on healthy choices, protecting the character of the SY Valley, their Save Our Stars campaign, and Water Wise Gardening. 
W.E. Watch P.O. Box 803, Solvang, CA 93464 Santa Barbara

350 Santa Barbara is a horizontally organized grassroots group dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, and empowering climate justice movement in Santa Barbara County. We value social relationships and allyship in our work to address the roots of the crisis, of which climate change and inequality are manifestations. We see these roots as a political economy and culture founded on extractivism, greed, and lack of consideration of the common good. Climate justice is founded on dignity for all life on Earth.


CAUSE : Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

Locally, CAUSE developed the Farm Workers Bill of Rights among other programs.
CAUSE's mission is to build grassroots power to invoke social, economic and environmental justice for the people of California's Central Coast Region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy. 

Ethnic Studies Now

Ethnic Studies Now strives to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement, so that all students have the opportunity to learn about our cultural diversity and history. Ethnic Studies promotes cultural and linguistic diversity and helps keeps students engaged in learning as per research, including the NEA’s Academic and Social Value of Ethnic Studies. California Teachers Association supports all efforts to make ES a requirement for all CA schools. 
(please let me know if you are interested in this program, especially if you are in contact with local high school leaders who might like to be involved, and I will come up with a person you can contact locally)

NAACP, Santa Maria & Lompoc Branch 

Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt 805-346-7510

PODER : People Organized for the Defense and Equal Rights of Santa Barbara Youth

Organized People United march in Santa Barbara Nov. 12 attended by over 1,200 people. 



Pacific Pride Foundation, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria

Pacific Pride Foundation proudly provides services to the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities of Santa Barbara County. All of our programs are free or low cost and offered in English and Spanish through our offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.


PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision through: Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ, Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ, and Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ
LOMPOC: (805) 736-9423  


Planned Parenthood

Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center

Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center empowers people through healing and social change to eliminate all forms of sexual violence. We are committed to transforming lives by providing services and education to meet the needs of our diverse community. 


Healthcare for All-CA, Santa Barbara County

Health Care for All - California (HCA) is dedicated to achieving a universal health care system through single-payer public financing. Our goal is that all California residents will have access to comprehensive, high quality health care.