The Fund for Santa Barbara's 24th Annual BREAD & ROSES

Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 3pm

  • ASL interpreted
  • Wheelchair accessible
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Corporate Sponsorships Available ($1,000 to $10,000)
For details, contact the FUND at (805) 962-9164 or

Please join us for the 24th annual Community Auction & Dinner!

The idea of “Bread and Roses” is part of a historical tradition that began with the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile workers’ strike of 1912. Since that time, "Bread and Roses" has served as a slogan for many progressive struggles in the United States. For the most part, "Bread" has represented a living wage and "Roses" has referred to workers' desire for dignity and respect.

On January 12, 1912 nearly 25,000 textile workers - mostly immigrant women - left the mills and poured into the streets of Lawrence, Massachusetts. After three months, the strike ended in a victory - with wage increases in mill towns throughout New England. The strike changed the face of both the labor and feminist movements. It was the first major labor action in U.S. history that was led by women, and for the first time there was a conscious effort to unite workers of all nationalities. Every union meeting was translated into 25 different languages.

It is in this spirit of collective action and coalition-building that the Fund for Santa Barbara continues to support grassroots activists and community organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change.

Dinner: Begins at 3:00 p.m.
Featuring a gourmet meal from your favorite S.B. County restaurants, wineries and breweries

Silent Auction: Begins at 3:00 p.m.
Travel, dining, wine, adventures, and more

Live Auction: Begins at 5:15 p.m.

Transportation available to and from Downtown Santa Barbara. Call office for details.

Even if you can't attend, please consider a donation to the FUND so that we can continue to provide grants and technical assistance to organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change throughout Santa Barbara County.

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