ReproPower Happy Hour
ACT hosts a monthly happy hour for our supporters and community members. ReproPower Happy Hour is a chance for us to be in community, meet like-minded friends, share a drink, and take action on a current issue. In the past, we have hosted our Happy Hours to make public comments on the domestic "Gag Rule" and Public Charge, hosted a GOTV phonebank with mimosas, and written post cards to the Governor to pass an ACT-sponsored bill. ReproPower Happy Hour is held monthly, except for months ACT hosts other events.
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Visalia Women’s March
On January 19th, 2019, we rally and march again! Join this community of determined folks ready to speak up for human rights here in Tulare County!
In 2017, Women’s March Visalia expected 50 community members to attend. An estimated 2 million took part in the worldwide Women’s March. Visalia’s sister March brought over 500 people to Blain Park to support women and equality for all. People of all ages marched proudly with homemade signs demanding equal rights!
In 2018, approximately 1,000 community members, allies, and organizations collaborated at College of the Sequoias and marched proudly down Mooney Boulevard before hearing multiple speakers address reproductive justice issues in our community.
On January 19th, 2019, we rally and march again! Join this community of determined folks ready to speak up for human rights here in Tulare County.
Wine. Women. Equality.
Each year ACT hosts an Equal Pay Day demonstration to create community engagement and awareness.
In an effort to raise community awareness and uplift social justice advocacy, ACT honors five local leaders at each event. The event is held in August each year and serves as a fundraiser for ACT’s programs, and campaigns.
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 we host it in the Fall. Our demonstration is in observation of Latina Equal Pay Day, the day when Latina’s pay catches up to that of White, non-Hispanic men from the previous year. African American women working full time, year round typically make only 63 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts. For Latinas this figure is only 54 cents.
March for Our Lives
In 2018, youth engaged in ACT’s programs hosted a March for Our Lives event in Visalia.
Youth and community supporters gathered in Visalia for a rally at the steps of one of the Visalia High Schools.
Youth come for a full day of leadership development, advocacy, and social justice training, with breakout sessions on preventing unintended pregnancy, healthy relationships, and civic participation.
From 2012-2018, ACT put on an ACTivist Conference for youth across the Central Valley to come together to learn from each other.
Youth involved in ACT’s programs planned breakout sessions on topics such as LGBT+ issues, sexual health education, healthy relationships, immigrant rights, environmental justice, and how to take action.
In 2017, ACT hosted a fundraiser to raise money to place billboards in Tulare County.
The event was hosted downtown Visalia as a brunch for allies to attend. The event attendees voted on the billboard design. The design was later placed on highway 99 and highway 198 in the Central Valley.
One Billion Rising
On Valentine’s Day, beginning in 2012 through 2017, ACT partnered with local organizations to raise awareness about violence against women through a global event One Billion Rising.
Hundreds gathered in downtown Visalia to march, listen to speakers, and music on Main Street while handing out 500 red and pink carnations to passersby with statistics and resource information attached.
Coming Out For Justice
Beginning in 2007 through 2016, hundreds of people attended 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 hosted 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.
10 Years of ACTion
On November 12, 2015, ACT celebrated its 10 years of activism in Tulare County!
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.