Tag archives: activist

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle’s ‘Free at Last’ Book Release
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 27, 2022

The poet, playwright, activist, and local elder for Santa Barbara County Black History, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, has released a new book titled Free at Last: A Juneteenth Poem, illustrated by Alex Bostic, published by Sterling Books/Union Square Kids. This hardcover 10 x 10 inch 32-page poem/picture book tells the story of the end of slavery […]

Grassroots Gear
By Richard Mineards   |   May 7, 2020

Social activist Judi Weisbart, founder and president of Busy Woman Consulting, is now Santa Barbara’s Queen of Masks. The county has hired Judi as Face Covering Community Coordinator, she tells me. “The community desperately needs face coverings on every face,” she says. “There are other funds for healthcare workers PPE, but we must also help […]

What Would Pearl Do?
By Gwyn Lurie   |   March 5, 2020

The California Primary is finally over and our sincere congratulations go to Das Williams for the win. Now let’s get to some serious bridge-building – something we’re all too familiar with in Montecito. Hopefully these bridges will take less time to build than the one at Parra Grande. Am I pushing for a Kumbaya moment? […]

His Brand of Recovery
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 6, 2020

“Russell Brand: Recovery Live” is a funny and profane exploration into personal development and wellness from the comedian who, after years of addiction and poor choices, has dedicated himself to spirituality “to avoid self-destruction.” Brand – who was married for 14 months in the early 2010s to Santa Barbara-raised pop star Katy Perry – leads […]

Spoken Word Shorts
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 6, 2020

Dr. Mary-Claire King, the renowned human geneticist who discovered the genetic mutation responsible for breast cancer, revolutionizing the course of cancer research and transforming the way patients are diagnosed and treated, discusses the genetics of inherited cancers in a free public lecture titled “The Genetics of Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer: From Gene Discovery to […]

Businesswoman-Volunteer Extraordinaire
By Beverlye Fead   |   November 11, 2019

Adele Marsh was born February 2 at 1:16 am in Utica, New York, into the arms of Faye and Nat Marsh. Faye was born in the US and is a descendant of Lithuania background while Nat Marsh was born in London, England, and one of eight children. Because of the backgrounds of both of her […]

Double the Fun
By Richard Mineards   |   September 12, 2019

It was a double occasion for celebration when Montecito animal rights activist Gretchen Lieff threw a sunset soirée at Tydes at the Coral Casino when her longtime beau medical equipment executive Miles Hartfeld celebrated his 66th birthday. The peripatetic twosome just returned from sojourns in Oahu and Kauai where they got engaged, Gretchen tells me. […]

Reaching Out: Burke Speaks at UCSB
By Joanne Calitri   |   November 15, 2018

Tarana Burke, social justice activist and senior director of the Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity, presented at the UCSB Arts & Lectures on November 5 about the “Me Too” (#metoo) movement. She spoke in a straightforward fashion for an hour, and outlined how and why the organization called “Me Too” started, where they are now […]