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EVENTS

One Billion Rising

Since 2012, ACT partners with Family Services of Tulare County, Soroptimist, American Association of University Women, and the League of Women Voters to raise awareness about violence against women through a global event, One Billion Rising. Program participants of ACT and Family Services team up with allies to gather in downtown Visalia to march the streets on Valentine’s Day each year, while handing out 500 red and pink carnations to passersby with statistics and resource information attached. Drummers and a DJ fill Garden Street Plaza with music as program participants celebrate the end of the march with a flash mob and invite the attendees to dance alongside them. This event aims to rally the community to join the worldwide movement to end violence against nearly 1 billion women a year, or 1 in 3 women internationally.


Coming Out For Justice

Beginning in 2007, hundreds of people attend ACT’s annual event to raise awareness of intersectional social justice issues that impact our communities. ACT receives tremendous support from sponsors for this event, local and statewide. The event hosts musical, and theatrical performances that highlight social justice issues from regional and local artists such as spoken word, breakdancing, Aztec ceremonies, and so much more. The event highlights local street artist collaborative Urbanist Collective. Local and statewide community based organizations offer participants resources and ways to take action in their community. The Female Leadership Academy, with the help of our Peer Education ACTion team, provide event planning and operational support, and provide activities for attendees of all ages.  


Women’s Equality Day – August 26th

Women’s Equality Day calls women and men across the nation to stand up and advocate for women’s rights and justice. In 1971, U.S. Congress selected August 26th to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Each year, the United States President publishes a proclamation designating August 26th Women’s Equality Day. Today, the day is observed to recognize women’s achievements and the advancement toward full equality.


Each year, ACT plans an event to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. In past years, ACT has hosted inspirational speakers, such as Amanda Renteria, the daughter of migrant farmworkers and became the first Mexican-American from her small town to be accepted to Stanford University, where she graduated with honors and went on to graduate school at Harvard Business School. Amanda served as a legislative staffer in Washington, D.C., and is a campaign strategist for a presidential campaign. In other years, ACT has also hosted “radical conversations” to Women’s Equality Day attendees, stylized as a World Café, to explore barriers women continue to face in their pursuit of political, social, and economic equality.


ACTivist Conference

Each year, ACT puts on an ACTivist Conference for all program participants – equally over 100 youth across Tulare County. Youth come for a full day of leadership development, advocacy, and social justice trainings, with breakout sessions on preventing unintended pregnancy, healthy relationships, and civic participation. Prior to the retreat, youth enter a short video contest on social justice issues that impact their communities, and the videos are debuted at the retreat.


Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day marks the calendar date each year that a woman will make as much as a man did in the previous year. This date may change year-to-year, but always lands in mid-April, meaning that a woman must work nearly 16 months to make the same amount as a man does in 12 months. ACT program participants rally on Mooney Blvd (the busiest street in Visalia) with signs and chants to inform the community of women’s economic injustice. ACT participants stand on a street corner at rush hour, with cars honking in support. The event is a fun and engaging way for program participants to get the word out to the community!


10 Years of ACTion

On November 12, 2015, ACT celebrated its 10 years of activism in Tulare County with a bang! ACT invited all past and present program participants, board members, community partners, and allies to be part of this monumental achievement of a once-small organization with big ambitions to make change! The event was hosted and DJ’d by regionally-renowned DJ and arts activist Ome Lopez of Dulce Upfront, and the 250 attendees enjoyed wine, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing at the Cellar Door in downtown Visalia.


Guest speakers included former Porterville, CA Mayor Virginia Gurrola and nationally recognized artist, Favianna Rodriguez. Ms. Gurrola spoke on her experience working through political opposition, and ultimate removal from mayoral office of Porterville due to her declaration that June be declared as LGBT Pride Month in the town. Favianna, who designs art and posters for social justice movements, ranging from globalization, immigration, feminism, patriarchy, interdependence, and genetically modified foods, wowed the crowd with her story of racism and reproductive justice, and the importance of finding and raising your voice!


ACT’s allies celebrated in style and honored its’ mission to foster individual growth and launch once-small voices to challenge policy statewide. ACT is proud to elevate Central Valley justice issues to state and national recognition, all by building the leadership of young people.