We cannot talk about reproductive justice without talking about the experience of immigrant communities and health access for undocumented residents, nor the impossibility of living under the federal poverty level and why economic inequity plagues communities of color. Our aim is to first help young people identify the problem, deconstruct every layer as it presents itself to them, and piece together a solution within the context of civic participation and community engagement. Only after our young people understand what reproductive justice means, and why injustice exists, can they be formidable community advocates for advancing reproductive justice for their families and marginalized communities.
ACT engages youth and women in policy advocacy to create meaningful change,, and prioritizes state and national legislation that promotes reproductive justice issues at the intersections that directly impact the Central Valley (racial justice, immigrant rights, economic equity, etc). ACT provides opportunities for youth leaders to travel to the state capitol to educate and inform their policy makers about issues impacting our communities.
Program participants engage in community based campaigns to build the powerbase of marginalized populations and encourage them to raise their voices; to increase access to reproductive health products and services; and to amplify community based solutions through a systems-change approach. . Each year, program participants engage in the following campaigns: