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 56 congregations, schools and neighborhood groups, representing 60,000 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
Since 1991, 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
ACT’s guiding moral and faith vision calls us to build a community that prioritizes racial and economic equity in all decision making and allocation of resources. We return to a guiding question of “how are the children?” as a basic indicator of regional health since upstream forces greatly impact children.
Our vision is for a Sacramento made up of thriving neighborhoods in which residents can work, go to school, shop and have opportunities for recreation. Neighborhoods are connected to each other and the urban core through excellent and affordable public transit. Neighborhoods include affordable housing that is distributed throughout the region. We envision fostering true public safety through equitable investments in these key elements: youth services, jobs and quality education for youth and adults, including community members returning after incarceration, immigrants, and refugees; health and mental health care; addiction treatment; re-entry services; and environmental health. Law enforcement is community-focused, accountable and transparent.
As we look forward to the next 5 years, we are committed to building power to ensure that these community priorities become our city and county and regional priorities. We are committed to equity in systems, policy, and resource allocation.
Understanding that people lead intersectional lives, each of our local organizing committees (LOC) looks at the ways that their issue areas intersect with the biggest challenges facing our region: homelessness and housing, mental health and health care, public safety, children and youth, immigration. This will inform how we choose to focus strategy and specific issue campaigns.
ACT recognizes our niche as bridge builders. We are committed to bringing people together to find solutions to the challenges that face us, and to encourage unlikely partners to work together with common purpose.
We will continue to work with congregations to bring the voices of the faith community into public discourse, to shape a moral vision and calls to action based on our shared faith values.
Recognizing that we do not touch every impacted community, we are committed to ensuring that community partners have a better understanding of how organizing can be a tool for structural change, and how we can work together for the change we seek. We will share our expertise in organizing as allies to community partners.
We continue our work in civic engagement, encouraging voter registration, educating voters on local and state issues, and working to Get Out the Vote.