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Restarting Sacramento Community Women of Color Day
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Ended Apr 26, 2014
Help is needed to restore annual commemorations of Women of Color Day/Diversity Events in Sacramento, CA with $10,000 startup funds and to continue providing encouragement and resource material to communities across the US and around ...

Help is needed

  • to restore annual commemorations of Women of Color Day/Diversity Events in Sacramento, CA with $10,000 startup funds and to continue providing encouragement and resource material to communities across the US and around the world
  •  to develop WomenWorldCulture, a self-supporting online Interntet network which supports the Sacramento event and supports other communities, especially during inital startup periods 
  • to resume Women of Color Day/Diversity Events in Sacramento; and,
  • to provide resources to other communities commemorating the day.

2014 is the 29th year since March 1st was founded as Women of Color Day by the National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) in Washington, DC. Suzanne Brooks was a member of the NIWC Board which initiated the day.

When NIWC became inactive, Brooks founded the International Association for Women of Color Day to continue the work with volunteers. Women of Color Day expanded from its commemoration of outstanding women of color alone to also recognizing girls of color and women, men, organizations and businesses of all cultures and ethnicities which support women of color and advocate for justice, nondiscrimination and diversity. 

Note: Brooks has been unsalaried in all 29 of the years she has served, as Board Member and as CEO.

Since then, Women of Color Day has been commemorated in 25 states and 5 other countries.

As the economy fell apart in 2008, support for Women of Color Day dwindled. IAWOCDay is a social entrepreneurship and not a tax deductible 501(C)3 nonprofit). It had been maintained by sponsorshings, ads in the souvenir program books, vendor/exhibitor fees and low cost ticket sales.

WomenWorldCulture is a new international online network to:

  • provide capital to other social entrepreneurs and to other advocates who are documented as serving the communities in which they live
  • respond to unmet community needs
  • establish new art venues to support indigenous and cultural arts

The video, Aurora: Music/Dance: Africa and Americas, is film, music and dance from the 2011 Women of Color Diversity Event held at the Women's Civic Improvement Club of Sacramento.

This Fundrazr will support

  • award plaques to outstanding women of color and to women, men, organizations supporting equality, diversity and justice
  • bringing Afro Uruguayans from Montevideo to share their film and Candombe drummers/dangers and singer
  • theater rental, printing, award event insurance, and security.

Women World Culture ( draws on 29 years of experience and leadership by the International Association of Women of Color Day(IAWOCD) which advocates equality and justice for women of color in the US, indigenous women of the world, and all women/cultures which have been subjected to discrimination and injustices. This work has led to the development of WomenWorldCulture, a new, global network and resource focused on women, cultures and sustainability which incorporates and continues Women of Color Day ( ).

2014 Theme: “Our Community In The Americas: Afro Uruguay Cultural Collaboration. Sacramento Native American drummers; film re Afro Uruguayans; Candombe Master Drummers/Dancers/Singers; vendors/exhibitors; awards to outstanding women of color + others supporting justice & equality; The Jazz Generation band with Candombe & N A drummers.

2014 Honorees: Dr. Michelle Bachelet, President, Chile; Aja Brown, Mayor, Compton, CA; Wonderful Davidson, Dir., Multicultural Fashion Show; José Mujica, President, Uruguay; Mexican Consulate, Sacramento Northern CA Women’s Conferences; Sergio Ortuño, Master Candombe Drummer & Founder, Candombe Drum School, Montevideo, Uruguay; Steven Payan, Occupy Organizer/CA Activist. Others TBA. Adult $15, advance; $20 at door); under 12, seniors, disabled $10. Sponsorships/program ads.

  Philosophy, Purpose, Goals

A network to connect women and cultural groups through attention to relevant social issues. WomenWorldCulture establishes as an infrastructure to find and share information, arts, education, research, services, and employment information, with member access to unique events, services, and social entrepreneur funding opportunities.

Women World Culture (WWC) will make connections across economic and class divisions withfree, public access to much of the WWCnetwork and many of its resources. There will also be a Network Member section which will build a community team to enable reciprocal communication with those willing to let us know who they are and of their interest and ability to support W W C goals and objectives with a $10 monthly fee. Subscribers for 1 year or 6 months will receive member fee discounts--2 free months and a logo gift with paid 1-year subscriptions; 1 free month with half-year subscription.

 Network Members will receive special resources and opportunities, including opportunities to advertise on the Women World Culture site and first access to events. Events will support the work of artists, educators and advocates, providing occasions to interact with relevant social-entrepreneurs and innovative small businesses.
Network Membership Fees, as well as other revenues from Women World Cultureprojects will be used for a variety of projects, including grants to individuals/groups/businesses with histories of advocacy for women of color/indigenous women, cultural groups and coalitions of women and/or cultural groups.

The Women World Culturenetwork is the result of decades of work by many who share visions of universal freedom and justice. This effort includes the goal to sustain the planet with equitable benefit to all. We look forward to a future which is critically and significantly better than the past.

Information: Website:

Postal Mail: WomenWorldCulture, PO Box 661544, Sacramento, CA 95866


Tickets at Crest Theater Box Office 1013 K Street, Downtown Sacramento, (Free on street parking on Sundays) (916) 44-CREST (916-442-7378)

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