Our next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 4, and we’re excited to tell you about a recent addition to the agenda: Leticia Cazares, Vice-President of Board of American Civil Liberties Union, will join our program to talk about reproductive rights, particularly maintaining Planned Parenthood clinics in red states where they have become a diminishing resource for millions of American women.
Cazares joins Neil Ortiguerra, director of Political Action for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, on our programming.
We’ll also get an update from Congressman Scott Peters about impeachment, gun control, the environment and more.
The Sept. 4 meeting begins the usual time and place, 6:30 p.m. at La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, beginning with social networking (the old school kind, talking with other people in real life) and programming starts at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!
About Leticia Cazares
Cazares is a Chula Vista native, with a long family and personal history of community service and public health advocacy. She’s dedicated over 20 years of her life and career to advancing the health and well-being of underrepresented and disadvantaged communities in San Diego, primarily in the South Bay.
Cazares is a newly elected member of the Southwestern Community College District board, but most of her career has been spent in nonprofit community health for San Ysidro Health (SYH) where she worked to increase access to health care for all, most recently leading a team, Covered California, that enrolled over 16,000 residents in Medi-Cal and low-cost health insurance plans throughout San Diego.
During her nearly 15 year tenure at SYH she developed and managed education and prevention programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, women’s and senior health; worked to increase equity and diversity among her staff and organization; created systems and programs that were inclusive of staff and community voices and helped build cross-sector relationships with schools, community organizations and leaders, elected officials and faith groups.
She spent 17 years working with San Diego’s Center for Policy Initiatives, our own progressive activists’ think tank.
Leticia has over eight years of policy experience as current Vice President of the Board for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego & Imperial Counties, a city commissioner for the Chula Vista Cultural Arts Commission; and as a legislative aide for Congressional District 51 in the U.S. House of Representatives where she helped to draft legislation for the Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee and met with constituents from the South Bay/Imperial County.
In her day job, Leticia is a lecturer at San Diego State University School of Public Health where she educates and advises students on public health career pathways and creates internship/professional development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. She is also CEO to her small consulting business where she helps community organizations, leaders and women grow and transform their communities. She is currently working with arts and youth-serving organizations including the Old Globe, Outdoor Outreach and others. Recently, she was lead consultant on the development of the San Diego Rapid Response Network, a coordinated countywide network of organizations that educate, assist and defend immigrants and refugees.
About Neal Ortiguerras
Neal is director of Political Action for Planned Parenthood of the Southwest, and also representatives of NARAL, ProChoice America, and the local chapter of the ACLU. These organizations are three among many that work nationwide to provide and protect health services for women that may have few options in their family planning and obstetrical and gynecological care.
About Scott Peters
Peters serves the 52nd District of California, which covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado, and large portions of the city of San Diego. He is a member of the House Energy & Commerce and Budget committees. Peters is regional vice-chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), a role in which he helps lead the on-the-ground effort to fortify and expand our new Democratic majority.