Civic & Voter Empowerment Storyboard


Cabrillo student, staff, faculty and administration get and give inspiration. Civic engagement is for every age, every citizenship status, and every ethnicity. The more input the better informed and compassionate we are for each other, ourselves, and our world!

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Inspirational Experiences & Stories


Registering As Adam

In 2012 I completed a legal name and gender change through the Santa Cruz County Superior Court as part of my gender transition. At the time, I worked on the 3rd floor of the County government building and would walk by the County Clerk's office where folks would come to register to vote. I quickly realized that, with my updated name and information on my Drivers License I'd need to re-register to vote with my new name and information. I asked our then County Clerk and Registrar of Voters, Gail Pellerin, if I needed an appointment to come in and re-register. She told me to come by any time and when I did - with my husband and best friend who also needed to re-register to vote with their updated name and gender information - Gail all but threw us a celebratory party for registering to vote as our true and authentic selves, and helped us fill everything out so that there would be no issues down the road when it came time to vote. I share this story to make sure folks know how incredibly important our County Clerk's office holds everyone's right to vote, and to make sure this right is honored and valued.

-Adam Spickler

Mail-in Ballots Helped Relieve Stress

After learning about American history in the 8th grade, participating in a constitution competition debate team, and taking a trip to Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washing ton D.C. I registered to vote when I was eighteen. When I first voted it was stressful. 

Where do I go? 

What do I do? 

And who and what am I voting for? 

It was overwhelming and I was deterred even though I really wanted to do it. After that I switched to mail in ballots and always schedule time to research and vote.

-Holland Parker

RFK - My Voting Inspiration

My first voting experience was for George McGovern for POTUS in 1972. I was inspired by listening to the gunshot death of my hero, Robert F Kennedy, the evening of the June primary election in CA in 1968. Just months before, MLK was assassinated in Memphis. I thought, certainly that would NEVER happen in Los Angeles. I had my transistor radio tuned into KNX news radio in LA. I was falling asleep , in bed, when the sound of gunfire from the radio and screams of people woke me. I was yelling and crying. I woke up my sister and mom who ran into my room. We then went to the TV to watch the gruesome details. I vowed, at that moment, I would NEVER miss an election. And my three attempts at elected office, 2 being successful, are in memory of RFK and that terrible night. I consider my vote to be sacrosanct. My vote encouraged me to become a social science teacher in CA public schools for 36 years (now retired).

-Steve Trujillo

Generational Voting


Just Waiting to Vote

My son really got into elections and the voting process this fall for the first time. He is 13 years old and is ready to express his opinion! Go future voter!

- Sara Decelle

3rd Generation Voter

I am a third generation voter. I know my vote counts. As a proud gay Latino senior, I know that my vote is as important as anyone else's vote.

-Steve Trujillo

Voter Suppression and Solutions

Engagement is Key

When I volunteered to canvas for Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign in San Francisco, I asked people if they were registered to vote. Most people said they were not registered and the reason was that voting wouldn't make a difference. Most of the people who decided to register to vote after speaking with me did so because of our conversation, learning the history of suffrage, and the form and pen in my hand. Engagement, education, and accessibility are key.

- Holland Parker

Why are they making it illegal to hand out water and/or food to people in line to vote?

Solution: Have a company (the larger the better, Coke/Pepsi) set up a table(s) with free food and drinks at voting places for voters to take before they get in line to vote. 

 - Troy

Voter suppression is REAL. Sadly, dictatorship is making a comeback in many nations around the world, including Myanmar, Turkey, Hungary, Brazil, Russia and others.

Voter suppression is happening now in Georgia, Florida Texas and a variety of states in the US!


Voter suppression is REAL.  

It is happening now in Georgia, Florida Texas and a variety of states in the US!