WHO WE ARE
We are women, men, professionals, teachers, artists, writers, parents, grandparents, mothers, fathers, people from all walks of life, religions, orientations and age groups who came together after the election of the 45th president looking for a place to grieve, to share, to find comfort, to express our shock and concern, our anger and our fear. We found common ground in our desire for agitation, to not sit idly by, to circle the wagons around those that at that moment were feeling the most vulnerable: our minority communities. We pledged to fight for LGBTQ rights, women, black lives, our Muslim neighbors, our immigrant populations, those whose health care was threatened, the environment and much more.
The Wagon Circle is focused on offering support and protection to the underrepresented and marginalized groups in our community and throughout our country that are targeted by the new administration's policies. We choose specific actions to focus on and use our Facebook group to offer information and support on a daily ongoing basis. The Circle meets twice a month in Encinitas and is active in asserting our Freedom of Speech and assembly with collective actions. We also aim to work together and in tandem with other political action groups in the resistance efforts following the guidelines of Indivisible.
A SAMPLING OF What We've Achieved SO FAR!
- A safe space for politically active and like-minded individuals who want to agitate for change
- A successful Women's March in San Diego and other areas of the county
- Weekly protests in front of Darrell Issa's office
- Daily actions via our Facebook page for all levels of political activity
- Adopting a local refugee family!
- A highly successful Planned Parenthood support rally and march in downtown Encinitas
- Monthly kid friendly family political postcard writing nights!
- A growing group of diverse, politically active and focused agitators!
- Educating our community and reaching out to those that feel vulnerable in the wake of our administration's new policies.
Lisa Nava is a community activist who has lived and worked in Encinitas for over 30 years. She is a champion for marginalized voices and has lifted and fought for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, has been vocal for the environment and is serving as the Parks and Rec Commissioner in Encinitas as well as the chair person for the Annual Benefit for: The North County LGBTQ Resource Center - "Rise Up Shine On". She stands firmly grounded in empowering and inspiring the youth in her community to find their voices, teaching them to become a positive global citizen and continually speaks up for the rights of immigrants, women, marginalized and oppressed groups and the environment. You will find Lisa at the forefront of community activism speaking and believing with her whole heart that change comes from the grassroots efforts of positive forces and people.