Who we are
Sacramento ACT is a powerful multi-racial, multi-faith organization advocating a transformation of our community rooted in our shared faith values. We equip ordinary people to effectively identify and change conditions to create justice and equity.
Sacramento ACT’s members include over 52 congregations, schools and neighborhood groups, representing 50,000 families in Sacramento County.
Sacramento ACT organizes to create a more just and fair community for everyone in the Sacramento region, with a particular focus on communities of color that have experienced historical discrimination and disinvestment. Our organizing is grounded in the conviction that equity—just and fair inclusion in society—must drive public policy.
At the center of our model of congregation-based community organizing is a belief in the potential for transformation—of people, institutions, and our larger culture. This belief stems directly from ACT’s roots in faith communities, and radiates throughout the organization, influencing the way ACT relates to public officials, to community members, and to one another.
How We Advance Justice
Sacramento ACT works to create a more just world by teaching people of faith how to build and exercise their own power to address the root causes of the problems they face. In ACT, this struggle for justice is rooted in our shared faith vision. We use listening, research and advocacy to identify and change conditions to create justice and equity.
To win structural change we focus on:
Our faith is the basis for our vision of change and provides us with a unifying moral framework which demands inclusion, justice and equity for all.
We develop relationships with and among leaders to discover a shared analysis of the inequity and injustice of the world as it is as well as a shared vision of the world as it should be. The vision of the world as it should be must be created with input from those closest to the pain.
Through relationships and research, we build a structural analysis that identifies the conditions that cause the problem, as well as the role of systemic racism and economic exclusion. We use this analysis as the foundation for our advocacy for change.
We understand power as the ability to act. We recognize that power is the product of relationship. We build shared power among people, “power with” not “power over” each other.
What We Have Done
For 25 years, Sacramento ACT has been creating real, structural change in Sacramento. We have drawn on our shared faith values as we have worked to create a more just and equitable community for all. We have lifted up voices that are often silenced in our community: youth, communities of color, immigrants, homeless residents, new voters.
We have worked to improve education and safety in our community, to increase access to healthcare, to direct funding away from incarceration and towards eliminating homelessness and supporting human services, and to engage voters to vote their values.
What We Are Doing
From countless and continuing conversations with local people, and drawing on our shared faith commitments, we imagine a transformation of our community to one in which the dignity of every resident is recognized and supported. While the current reality falls far short of this vision, in 2016 we will work tirelessly to create a just and equitable community.
In this election year we will focus on engaging new and infrequent voters to vote their values that support the transformation of our community.
We will continue to work in coalition with faith, labor, direct service providers and grass tops leaders to create structural change. We will use our lens of racial and economic analysis to evaluate the issues that we face.
We understand the intersection of so many of our issues at the county level: healthcare, mental health care for residents including homeless residents, mass incarceration, and immigrant detention. In 2016, we will focus on impacting the county budget as a moral document that reflects our values of compassion, equity and inclusion.