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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 over $150,000 for local non-profit organizations in the Sacramento area.
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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, girls, transgender, gender non-conforming and fluid identified people, bringing attention to the issues of sexual harassment, assault, domestic violence, rape, incest, and trafficking.
An entirely volunteer-run organization, V-Day promotes creative events to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence organizations in the Sacramento area. Using the power of art and activism,100% of the funds raised are donated to local nonprofits that provide critical resources and services to survivors of violence.
__2023. 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.
Tamie joined V-Day Sacramento in 2018 as a way to tangibly give back and support our community. V-Day’s mission to raise funds for organizations that are working to end violence and abuse of women, especially in marginalized communities, is very dear to her heart and more important now than ever before. Tamie looks forward to helping produce a powerful, meaningful, and entertaining show.
Cha’Quitta 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. Cha’Quitta 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.
__2020. directors: the vagina monologues
Patty Le Melt (Shelton)
Patty comes from a performer background including burlesque and balloon art! She is thrilled to be joining V-Day Sacramento as a co-director because she believes women should be empowered to live the way they see fit in safe and inclusive environments! They should be able to make decisions regarding their bodies and lives free from judgement in ways that make them feel happy, healthy and safe! What would her vagina wear? Probably an animal onesie.
__2020. directors: Raise the Vibration
Calla has been an exuberant and active member of V-Day since 2012. She had always been a fan of the movement but never had the opportunity to participate until her first year of college in Ashland, Oregon. After that, she was unstoppable. She participated in Sacramento’s production of The Vagina Monologues in 2016 and the first ever production of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer in 2018. Calla is an activist, a professional feminist killjoy, and an advocate for change within the Sacramento community. She is so excited to be co-directing this year, and hopes to live in a world free from violence and oppression. If her vagina could talk, it would say, “ask first!”
(Formerly Eve Ensler)
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.
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Sacramento, CA 95812
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