Resilience Rising: Defend the Sacred

Our gala is inspired and informed by the current movements that are defending and uplifting what is sacred: land, water, community and voices.


“We know what we need for our communities.”


We are honored to invite you to join Resilience Orange County for our 2nd Annual Gala – Resilience Rising: Defend the Sacred!


Our annual dinner will take place on Thursday, February 8th at the Taqueria de Anda Banquet Hall in Santa Ana. The dinner is an opportunity for our community and supporters to celebrate the accomplishments that we have collectively won through People Power!


This also serves as an important opportunity to solidify our collective efforts to ensure that we continue to invest in our youth, that we organize to bring equity for immigrants and communities of color, that we ensure we are creating spaces for girls and womxn of color, and that we bring transparency and accountability to systems, combat displacement, and bridge movements!


Join us in celebrating our accomplishments:


•Successfully launched the first Girls and Womxn of Color initiative in the county.

• Secured $165,000 in deportation defense funds for Orange County residents, the first such public fund in Orange County.

• Began the shift towards prioritizing youth investment in the city of Santa Ana by establishing the first ever Youth Coordinator position in the city.

• Pre-registered over 1,000 high school youth to vote in Garden Grove and Santa Ana.

• Have provided technical immigration support to Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Laguna Beach school districts.

• Mobilized over 1,000 people to bring attention to the School to Prison to Deportation Pipeline.

• Graduated a cohort of youth in our People Power curriculum.

• Graduated a cohort of Youth Justice Fellows.

•Successfully passed the Santa Ana Sanctuary City Ordinance, one of the strongest in the nation, which includes a community advisory board.

Keynote Speaker


Jennicet Gutiérrez


Jennicet Gutiérrez is a transgender activist from México. She is best known for shedding light on the plight of transgender women in immigration detention centers through her organization FAMILIA: TQLM (Trans Queer Liberation Movement).


She burst onto the national scene when she interrupted former-President Obama in the summer of 2015 during his White House speech in honor of Pride month, calling attention to the struggles of Trans immigrant women. Jennicet believes in the importance of uplifting and centering the voices of trans women of color in all racial justice work.


Jennicet will continue to organize in order to end the deportation, incarceration and criminalization of immigrants and all people of color. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Our Community Warrior Honorees are:

for Transforming Systems

Project Kinship


Project Kinship is working to break the cycles of gangs and incarceration in our communities and create pathways to successful reentry while lowering recidivism and increasing community safety.  They are working with the most directly impacted to create a center of hope and training through Project Kinship to gain willful employment, education, and rehabilitative services that promote restorative justice and healing in our communities.

for Community Justice

Western State Immigration Clinic


The Immigration Clinic at Western State College of Law, currently led by Jennifer Koh and Sabrina Rivera, has been instrumental in the successful passage of two pro-immigrant policies, the City of Santa Ana’s Sanctuary City Law and Universal Representation. Their efforts have helped to safeguard the Due Process Rights of Santa Ana and Orange County residents. Their expertise and leadership on addressing the intersections between immigration and criminal justice issues positions the immigration law clinic as a leading entity in the county for providing deportation legal defense.

for Transformative Youth Leadership

Santa Ana Unidos


Santa Ana Unidos is an emerging organization that provides programs in boxing, tae-kwon do, jiu jitsu, community gardening, music and cooking in Santa Ana neighborhoods that lack these types of opportunities for youth.

for Community Resilience

The Aguirre Family


The Aguirre Family have been long time advocates for their son Jesus Aguirre, Jr. who entered the school to prison pipeline at an early age. The family’s approach has been multi pronged with the parents advocating for years to reduce their son’s sentence and with Jesus Jr. demonstrating resiliency while incarcerated. He is currently teaching others to code. In the pursuit of seeking justice for their son the Aguirre’s have become justice warriors taking on issues of government transparency and misconduct.

for Community Courage

The Reyes Family

The Reyes Family has demonstrated tremendous courage since Jesus Jr. was detained late last year. Jesus and his family have since taken an active role in fighting his case through the practice of participatory defense. The family is pioneering the first participatory defense project in the Orange County Juvenile Justice System by facilitating conversations between his defense attorney and his therapist. The family is also working to combat any prejudicial view from his record by creating a social bio that gives a real understanding of who he is.

Sponsorship Levels:


Resilience Rising Sponsor –  $5,000

Full table/ Logo or name on program/ Published name or logo on website/ Social media shoutout/ Poster for everyone in table/ Framed picture of past action


For the People Sponsor –  $2,500

Full table/ Logo or name on program/ Published name or logo on website/ Social media shoutout/ Poster for the table


Youth Resistance Sponsor –  $1,000

Full table/ Logo or name on program/ Published name or logo on website/ Social media shoutout

Ticket Levels:


Early bird ticket –  $55

Regular ticket – $75

At the Door ticket – $85


* If you’re a student, please reach out for discount options.


Advertisement Rates:


Full Page (10″ tall, 7.5″ wide) –  $200

Half Page (5″ tall, 7.5″ wide) –  $125

Quarter Page (5″ tall, 3.75″ wide) –  $75


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Story of the Poster


Our gala image is inspired and informed by the current movements that are defending and uplifting what is sacred: land, water, community and voices. Our movements are not separate and we want to honor those that have committed themselves to them by defining what sacred means to us and to our communities. We move forward with the belief that, “We know what we need for our communities.”

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Resilience OC’s 2nd Anniversary Gala
Resilience Rising: Defend the Sacred
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Taqueria de Anda Banquet Hall|1029 E 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
6:30 PM – Reception
7:00 PM – Program and Dinner
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