Resources Library: Advocates

Black Women are Leaders in the Movement to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

Added Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by Action Alliance

This poster highlights the contributions and leadership of black women in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence throughout history, and features short biographies of Ida B. Wells, The Combahee River Collective, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Loretta Ross, Harriet Jacobs, Tarana Burke, and Rosa Parks.

Feel free to download and print this poster to display in your organization.

Bold Joyful Sexuality and Repro Justice Action Plan

Added Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by Action Alliance

As advocates and preventionists, we can take steps in our professional roles to create a world where all people experience joyful sexuality and reproductive justice. Let’s practice setting a bold action plan for how we can integrate joyful sexuality and reproductive justice across each level of the Social Ecological Model. Below we’ve provided prompts, as well as examples, to get you started.

This is a fun and flexible activity. You can use it in so many ways: for personal reflection, as an exercise in your staff as team building or in-service, use with community partners when mapping out shared values or potential projects, or in programming with youth and adults.

Me: What will you do as an advocate or preventionist?
Examples: I will donate money to abortion funds; I will know my body better; I will experience holistic pleasure.

My Relationships: What can you do to support survivors and clients?
Examples: I will support the survivors that I work with in dating online/forming new relationships online; I will uplift diverse experiences of pleasure; I will explicitly incorporate consent into my relationships with clients.

My Organization : What can you do in your agency? What about with your agency’s partners?
Examples: I will look into my agency’s policies surrounding dress codes; my organization will form partnerships and collaborate with organizations in my community who are working on issues related to reproductive justice; my organization will offer space and resources to organizations working on reproductive justice.

Our Larger Community/Society: What will you do to make an impact on your larger community and society?
Examples: I will connect with my legislators/advocate for policies that center reproductive justice (e.g., access to abortion care and contraception, comprehensive sexuality education, access to childcare and paid parental leave, etc.); I will push against heteronormative policies.

Budgeting: A Guide for Small Nonprofit Organizations

Added Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Action Alliance

Budgeting: A Guide for Small Nonprofit Organizations is provided by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  This 8-page document provides an overview of the budget development process, including the role of the budget committee, setting budget priorities and realities, preparation timeline, how to use the budget as a management tool.  Great resource for new directors and financial managers!

Building Consentful Tech zine

Added Monday, February 26, 2018 by Action Alliance

(as originally posted on GutsMagazine.ca on 2/22/2018)

Our data can be so many things: our locations and travel times tracked by Uber, our search and browsing histories on Google, and the words we use frequently in our Facebook posts. Building Consentful Tech prompts tech creators, such as app and platform developers, to reflect on how they can give users more agency and information on how (and whether) they share their personal data.

Building Healthy Relationships Across Virginia

Added Friday, October 07, 2016 by Action Alliance

The Teen Dating Violence Prevention Facilitator’s Guide began its “life” in February 1996. The project benefited greatly when Cindy Katona agreed to lead the working committee. With her dedication, enthusiasm and remarkable creativity, Cindy inspired an amazing number of people to do an incredible amount of work. She also recruited vast numbers of volunteers from the Winchester area as ad-hoc members of the committee to field test and refine the curriculum. The First Edition of the guide, titled “Virginia Responds: Teens Building Violence-Free Relationships,” was published by VADV in early 1997, and was welcomed by a diverse range of professionals working with teens.

The year 2004 marked the official beginning of VSDVAA and a greater focus on primary prevention work. It was in this environment that dating violence prevention work with
teens became a priority, and VSDVAA took on the formidable task of revamping the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Facilitator’s Guide. Drawing upon the expertise and
enthusiasm of members of VTDVP Taskforce, VSDVAA staff member Brad Perry was able to obtain invaluable feedback about how the First Edition of the guide was being
used and how a subsequent edition should be modified in order to maximize functionality.  Dozens of meetings and countless work hours later, a new, more streamlined
guide began to take shape with a greater focus on activities.