Mississippi in Action was founded in 2009, after noticing a lack of holistic advocacy and education pertaining to HIV/AIDS, birth control, comprehensive sex education, and homelessness. Through advocacy and education, Mississippi in Action focuses on the social justice and equality in sexual and reproductive health and rights among its communities.
Mississippi in Action works with the WHOLE person, not just a part of the person. Using the Maslow hierarchy of needs, Mississippi in Action works diligently to ensure that every aspect of a person's well being is met.
To promote holistic sexual and reproductive health by incorporating advocacy, education and housing; thereby enhancing the rights and dignity of all Mississippians.
Work with Mississippi Department of Health to secure $2.5 million dollar match for Ryan White
Hosted Dinner & Movie in Observance of National Girls & Women HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Co-Sponsored a listening session with Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC)
Co-Sponsored Community discussion for a new Mississippi Department of Health State HIV/AIDS/STD Director
Identified and place several individuals living with HIV/AIDS into permanent housing
Assisted in having language removed from the Mississippi Department of Health Surveillance form which violated women and men's reproductive rights
Worked with Mississippi State Department of Health to have HIV/AIDS criminalization language removed from legislation
Hosted two State AIDS Legislative Day at the Capitol
Conducted research on attitudes, beliefs and knowledge on HIV and PrEP
Created an HIV Advocacy Training Manual
Hosts "Our Liberation Table" monthly
Valencia Robinson is a native of Jackson, MS. She began her career in HIV/AIDS as a volunteer at Building Bridges, Inc.; from there she saw a need to work as an advocate to affect policy change in Mississippi. Valencia, organized the historical “Walk against AIDS” in 2008 a 172 mile walk to ask the next President of the United States for a National AIDS Strategy. She has worked at the ACLU of Mississippi as Juvenile Justice and Reproductive Rights Intern.
Valencia Robinson is CEO/Founder of Mississippi in Action. The organization educates Mississippians on HIV/AIDS. She is a strong advocate for women's rights, transgender rights and awareness, and reproductive justice. She can often be found at the Capitol, at rallies all over the state and anywhere injustice plaques the LGBT community and all communities. Her community efforts are endless. She is always ready to go to work for righteousness and rarely misses an opportunity to make a contribution.
Valencia’s favorite quote is “There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.”
~ Fannie Lou Hamer