The San Juan Unified School District is in the process of adopting new K-8 Social Science and History textbooks. These textbooks comply with California state law requiring LGBTQ-inclusive content. The School Board has received a number of public comments opposed to the adoption of the textbooks because of their LGBTQ-inclusiveness.
RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, is proud to join other area organizations, including Sacramento LGBT Community Center and Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento, in voicing our support for this important change. Here’s how you can help:
Email SJUSD Board Members to express your support for LGBTQ-inclusive textbooks. Let them know how inclusive textbooks impact you or your children, or what it would it have meant for you growing up to have seen yourself reflected in your schoolbooks. If you are an ally, let them know how important it is to the future of our community that our youth are educated in a diverse and inclusive environment.
School Board Member Email Addresses: Member Pam Costa – firstname.lastname@example.org Member Paula Villescaz – email@example.com Member Michael McKibbin – firstname.lastname@example.org Member Zima Creason – email@example.com Member Saul Hernandez – firstname.lastname@example.org Superintendent Kent Kern – email@example.com
Attend the SJUSD Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 23, to express your support for LGBTQ-inclusive textbooks. Public session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the district office at 3738 Walnut Avenue, Carmichael.Please be aware there are expected to be opponents of the new textbooks in attendance who can be expected to make highly negative comments about LGBTQ people. Members of our community who attend are encouraged to practice self-care. Come help us fill the room with supporters!
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a long-standing member of the Western Business Alliance(WBA), a coalition of LGBT and allied business chambers. With the WBA and neighboring LGBT Chamber the Golden Gate Business Association, we are honored to be holding the second annual LGBT Economic Summit on March 16, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. The summit will address the economic factors and policy agendas that affect LGBT and allied businesses and communities in the western U.S. and Canada.
The full-day summit, including breakout sessions an “Power Lunch” will explore topics such as: needs of millennial LGBT entrepreneurs, LGBT homeless issues/solutions from a regional perspective, creating new LGBT entrepreneurs via ‘disruptive technologies’, removing barriers to Transgender economic development, accessing capital for LGBT businesses, and expanding LGBT participation in government/business contracting.
Through keynote presentations and panel discussions, attendees will share information, provide critical input to regional challenges, and build relationships with other LGBT and allied business leaders from 20 chambers throughout North America.
The Board of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is actively participating in this event and its planning efforts. We encourage any/all interested parties to join this historic, and meaningful, event. It is sure to spark a new level of momentum in the LGBT economic equality movement.
$125 Full day (includes Power Lunch, Break-outs and both receptions) REGISTER HERE
ABOUT THE WESTERN BUSINESS ALLIANCE
The Western Business Alliance, formed in 1994, is a coalition of LGBT and allied chambers of commerce located in 21 cities and 11 states in the western United States and Canada. WBA chambers are committed to expanding economic opportunities for the LGBT and allied community by promoting equality through business. Through cooperation and sharing best practices, our chambers are integral to the economic health of our region and proudly connect the more than 4000 businesses we represent located throughout the western U.S. and Canada.
THE WBA CHAMBERS INCLUDE:
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber (Sacramento, CA)
Rainbow Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley (Sunnyvale, CA)
Portland Area Business Association (Portland, OR)
LOUD Business of Vancouver BC (Vancouver, BC)
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Los Angeles, CA) Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Long Beach, CA) Lambda Business Association (Las Vegas, NV) Inland Northwest Business Alliance (Spokane, WA)
Greater Seattle Business Association (Seattle, WA)
Golden Gate Business Association (San Francisco, CA)
Desert Business Association (Palm Springs, CA)
North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce (Dallas, TX)
Greater San Diego Business Association
ABOUT OUR HOSTS AT THE GOLDEN GATE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1974 as the world’s first LGBT chamber of commerce, the GGBA holds a special place in the history of the ever-changing economic landscape on the local, national and international levels. GGBA uses its affiliation with many organizations to build recognition for today’s vibrant LGBT business community and to foster the growth of similar organizations throughout the world
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the selection of its 2017 Business Leader of the Year Award to Steven Walker, founder and CEO of computer managed services company Fast Break Tech, and Jason Russell, owner of Russell CPAs, a married couple. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s 15th Anniversary Crystal Gala, Thursday, September 14, at the Dante Club.
The award marks the first time the Chamber has named two recipients to receive the annual honor. The couple, both of whom served for as Chamber board members and officers in its formative years, met for the first time at a Chamber meeting in 2005 and have been together since. They married in October 2015.
“We are excited and proud to recognize Jason and Steven as our 2017 Business Leaders of the Year,” said Chamber President Richard Hernandez. “Together they did so much to build a solid foundation for our Chamber. The growth, the community partnerships, our advocacy and legislative work, all rests on their shoulders. None of it would be possible had they not put the organizational infrastructure into place.”
As a Chamber board member and volunteer, Walker used his technological skills to modernize Chamber operations, setting up and maintaining its first website, membership database and email system. Russell served as Chamber Treasurer for several years and continues to serve as the Chamber’s accountant.
The Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the Chamber and demonstrated leadership in the LGBT and business communities. Honorees are chosen by a selection committee consisting of past honorees.
Walker says he ran Fast Break Tech from his bedroom and the trunk of his car from 1999 to 2004, before moving into a brick-and-mortar location in 2005. Between 2005 and today, the company has grown to a team of eight to 10 technicians. Russell joined the accounting firm of Marcia Fritz & Co. early in his career, later becoming a partner in the business, then taking it over following Fritz’s retirement.
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Richard Hernandez has released the following statement on behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors in regard to the recent violence and racist demonstrations that have stricken the Charlottesville, Virginia, community:
“We condemn the hateful and racist demonstrations and the resulting violence and loss of life that have befallen the city of Charlottesville, and we call upon all elected officials who purport to serve our country to join us in unqualified condemnation of any group that espouses hate against others. As an organization serving LGBTQ business owners and professionals, we serve and celebrate individuals of every race, ethnicity, religious heritage, gender identity and country of birth. We stand with our fellow diversity chambers, which have been our long-time partners in the effort to create a diverse, inclusive and prosperous business community. We stand with the majority of Americans, who oppose bigotry and discrimination, and who understand that diversity, inclusion and equality are the path to peace and prosperity for our society. Discrimination and prejudice against any of us are discrimination and prejudice against all of us.”
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals across the Sacramento Valley, as well as straight allies who support its mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate. For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, visit www.rainbowchamber.com.
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year is an outstanding business leader, Chamber member and role model who has demonstrated leadership success in his or her business and in the Sacramento business community, as well as leadership success within the Sacramento LGBT community. The Business Leader of the Year honoree is selected by a committee of former honorees and Chamber members.
Completed Nominee Applications are due by August 14, 2017, and the selection will be made prior to September 14, 2017.
The 2017 Business Leader of the Year will be honored at the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Gala on Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Dante Club in Sacramento. They are also included in the 2018 Sacramento Pride parade and may be asked to participate in photos and videos to be used on the RainbowChamber.com website and other SacRCC promotional materials.
Rules of Application for Business Leader of the Year:
Member in Good Standing with the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
Nomination Application, with Picture and One (1) Letter of Reference
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is now seeking candidates for the Rainbow Chamber Board of Directors. Five board seats are open for election in August. Each new board member will be elected to a two-year term. New board officers—president, vice president, secretary and treasurer—will be appointed by the newly elected board at the September board meeting.
All candidates for the Chamber board must be an SacRCC member in good standing and must be nominated by another chamber member in good standing. The easiest way to nominate someone is to fill out the online Nomination Form. Once nominated, each candidate must fill out and submit a Board Application Form. Nominations must be made online or in person by the end of the Chamber mixer on July 18th where the list of all nominees will be submitted to the membership at the SacRCC. Nominations may be made by members from the floor at this mixer and will mark the close of nominations.
Electronic voting will begin one week prior to the Rainbow Chamber August Mixer on August 15. Each voting member in good standing will receive an e-mail containing log-in information in order to vote. Only one designated voting member is allowed for each member business. In-person voting also will be available at the SacRCC August Mixer on Tuesday, August 15. Winning candidates will be announced that night.
For more information about nominations or board elections, call the SacRCC office at 916-266-9630 or e-mail businessmanager (at) rainbowchamber.com.