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A world in which women live safely and freely, spending their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.
Our Work Is Grounded In Four Core Beliefs:
- Art has the power to transform thinking and inspire people to act.
- Lasting social and cultural change is spread by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
- Local women best know what their communities need and can become unstoppable leaders.
- One must look at the intersection of race, class, and gender to understand violence against women.
Founded in 2010 by Jennifer Teykaerts, JoLane Blaylock, Chad Sniffen, Maryanne Henke, and Nicola Hil, V-Day Sacramento began as a project of Sacramento Take Back the Night. Since then, V-Day Sacramento has raised nearly $150,000 for local non-profit organizations in the Sacramento area.
RISE RESIST UNITE
WHAT IS V-DAY?
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. Each year, thousands of V-Day benefit events take place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.
To learn more about the V-Day’s global movement, mission and accomplishments, visit vday.org.
WHAT IS V-DAY SACRAMENTO?
V-Day Sacramento is a local grassroots movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming), bringing attention to the issues of sexual harassment, assault, domestic violence, rape, incest, and sex trafficking.
An entirely volunteer-run organization, V-Day Sacramento is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations using the power of art and activism. 100% of funds raised go towards our commitment to ending gender-based violence. 90% stays in the Sacramento area to benefit community-based nonprofits that provide critical resources and services to survivors of violence. The remaining 10% is donated to V-Day’s global spotlight; which is focused on a variety of issues affecting women and changes each year.
OUR FISCAL SPONSOR
SACRAMENTO TAKE BACK THE NIGHT (TBTN)
Sacramento Take Back the Night aims to resist and end sexual, gender-based, and ALL forms of violence through awareness-building, empowering survivors, and supporting organizations that provide services to survivors of violence. Take Back the Night works collaboratively with local organizations and service providers in furthering these efforts, year-round.
Take Back the Night events have been held annually in Sacramento since 1979. The events take place every year on Second Saturday in October and are organized entirely by volunteers, with active participation from many community-based organizations. The Rally features a variety of diverse speakers and performances, and serves as a safe place for survivors of violence to come forward with testimonials. The event offers community resources, activities for children and teens, and encourages men to become actively involved in ending violence.
We are currently accepting applications for beneficiaries!
We’re looking for local, non-profit organizations working to end violence against women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming). Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on Tuesday, October 31st.
To apply, click HERE.
One of the founders of V-Day Sacramento, JoLane has been working with V-Day organizations around California since 1999. In addition to having been a cast member, producer, and director, she has been actively organizing in the anti-violence movement for over 20 years. She is honored to continue working and growing with V-Day Sacramento, this community has become her life’s passion.
Alysha has been an active member of V-Day Sacramento since 2015 and is excited about the opportunity to assist the production team for the 2018 season. She has lived in Sacramento since she was a child and considers this her home. She wants to make sure she does her part to help educate, support and spread the love in our community.
Director: The Vagina Monologues
A San Diego native that has called Sacramento home for the past ten years, Keyko first joined a Vagina Monologues production 7 years ago in 2010. Since then, she has performed in productions for Sac State, V-Day Sacramento, and UC Davis Medical School. She also directed Sac State’s production in 2014, and volunteered with V-Day Sacramento’s production team. She is excited to direct this year and continue this Sacramento feminist tradition. If her Vagina could talk? It would probably become a lead singer of a queercore punk band.
Director: The Vagina Monologues
J.J. has been involved with V-Day Sacramento since 2014, taking on various roles in addition to being part of the cast. She remains a loyal advocate for human rights and will continue pursuing the movement, while opening minds and hearts to the truth and power of activism. J.J. is delighted to be directing the cast and will continue encouraging survivors to rise up to eliminate violence against women and girls.
Director: A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer
Cha’Quitta, also known as CQ, has been a vibrant member of V-Day Sacramento since 2015, making her directorial debut with the 2017 production of The Vagina Monologues. She hopes to drive forward the mission of her predecessors by raising the level of awareness they set forth and promoting intersectional feminism. CQ is excited to introduce a new production and looks forward to helping V-Day Sacramento continue to grow and leave a lasting impact on the community.
Director: A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer
Syd first learned of V-Day Sacramento in 2016, when she saw The Vagina Monologues performed at the Crest Theatre. She was part of the cast in 2017 and is thrilled to be directing a brand new production in 2018! She is a women’s studies major whose mission in life is to advocate equality, justice, peace, and health, for all. She hopes to use the V-Day platform to increase and expand these messages throughout Sacramento.
AUTHOR PLAYWRIGHT ACTIVIST
Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues, translated into over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End. The play ran for over 10 years in the U.K., Mexico and France.
Ensler released Insecure at Last, a political memoir, in 2006 and co-edited A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer, an anthology of writings about violence against women, published in 2007. In 2010, I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World was released by Random House and made The New York Times Bestseller list.
Eve’s other plays include The Treatment, Necessary Targets, Ladies, Lemonade, Extraordinary Measures, Mango, and Here which was filmed live by Sky Television in London, UK in the summer of 2010.
Ensler’s experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. She has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive.
Today, V-Day raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, and other artistic works. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media, and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Indian Country, and Iraq.
In 2012, Eve initiated ONE BILLION RISING which has run now for five years and is the largest mass action campaign against violence against women and girls. Annually, activists rise in 200 countries through dance and creative expression.
V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is one of the top-rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar.
*Sourced from vday.org.
To read more about Eve Ensler and her accomplishments, visit her website.