Carbajal Invites Local Women’s March Organizer as SOTU Guest

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Washington, January 24, 2018 | comments

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Carbajal (CA-24) announced that Dawn Addis, a founder of the Women's March San Luis Obispo (WMSLO), will attend the President’s annual State of the Union Address on January 30, 2018. Each year, Members of Congress are permitted one guest to attend the address.

“Dawn has been a force of nature when it comes to civic engagement on the Central Coast, helping organize thousands of people for women’s marches, as well as rallying our community to oppose the misguided deportation of a hardworking mother,” said Carbajal. “As we hear from a President who has systematically rolled back protections for women’s health, working families, the LGBTQ+ community, and immigrants, Dawn’s presence will serve to strongly represent our Central Coast values in opposition to these misguided priorities. Our state of the union is strong when citizens directly engage in our political system. Dawn has proven this valuable lesson in our own community and it is an honor to have her join me for this address.”

“I am humbled to be invited to the State of the Union Address by Congressman Carbajal,” said Dawn Addis. “As a co-organizer of Women's March SLO, along with Andrea Chmelik, Jen Ford, Pat Harris, and Terry Parry,  I am proud of the thousands of advocates across the Central Coast who stand for women’s rights, human rights, and environmental justice for all people. Representing the Central Coast in Washington DC is a huge honor and I thank the Congressman for recognizing the efforts of his constituents to create a positive future.”

In 2016, recognizing that she could no longer work on the sidelines to create change, Ms. Addis took a leap of faith and decided to enter the public arena of community organizing. She put her skills and voice to work, drawing 10,000 people to the Women’s March in San Luis Obispo, the largest single-day demonstration San Luis Obispo has ever seen. Since the 2017 Women’s March, Ms. Addis has continued as a community activist alongside Terry Parry, Andrea Chmelik, Pat Harris, and Jen Ford. Together the group has crafted WMSLO into a premier Central Coast organization focused on building a positive and just future.

Last year, Carbajal invited first-generation college student at UC Santa Barbara and son of Latino immigrants, Izeah Garcia.

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