We are women actively engaged in issues vital to our community and country. We work to realize equitable policies and elect progressive leaders in Santa Fe, New Mexico and nationwide.

SOS Leadership Team 2021
Our Leadership Team (from left) Cynthia Feiden-Warsh, Jayne Nordstrom, Monica Gilboa, Sandra Dransfield, Dottie Indyke, Stephanie Feldman, Jana Theis

Who We Are

Our members include political novices and life-long activists who share a desire to be well-informed and civically engaged. We are effective, efficient, have fun and are rewarded with the knowledge that we are making a tangible difference and that we are stronger when united. Our group has given us both hope and an important sense of community.

How it all began

Our History

Our story began in January 2017 when a handful of friends joined the first National Women’s March. We participated in Santa Fe, along with thousands of others here and across the world, who were dismayed by the election of Donald Trump. We simply could not go about our lives without protesting. We began meeting weekly, writing letters and postcards, and learning more about the issues that mattered to us. We started calling ourselves SOS: Speaking Out Sanely.

We quickly grew from that small group to over 80 members today. Along the way, we invited our national, state and local officials to talk with us. In 2019 we joined the national Indivisible organization, which gives us additional resources and a national presence. 

Clothing Drop
Our group has collected hundreds of items for immigrants at the border with Mexico and for Native people in New Mexico

Our Achievements

In the past year, we’ve focused on get-out-the-vote campaigns, electing Joe Biden as president, flipping the Senate and holding the House. We have supported the Navajo Nation and immigrants at the border. Many prestigious speakers have joined us, including Sen. Ben Ray Lujan, U.S. Representatives (now Secretary of the Interior) Deb Haaland and Teresa Leger Fernandez, numerous state legislators and candidates for office, as well as key advocates for the environment, criminal justice, reproductive and immigrant rights, gun control and more.

For the first time in 2021 we actively advocated for initiatives in the New Mexico state legislature. We were successful with a number of bills: ending some qualified immunity, repealing a bill that criminalized abortion, gaining paid sick leave for thousands, banning leg hold traps on public lands, authorizing community solar, and allowing end-of-life options.