The recent death of David Silva, while in custody of the Kern County Sheriff Department, has prompted the DHF to spearhead the formation of the Kern Unity Coalition. Our plan is call on the Department of Justice to investigate this incident and other allegations involving the use of force and fatalities of individuals in custody of Kern County Law Enforcement over the past two decades.
The Unity Coalition was created to address the concerns of the community and establish trust between law enforcement and the public. Several citizens have come forward with complaints of unfair treatment and excessive force by certain individuals within the law enforcement community. Other organizations have signed on to this Coalition including the California Civil Rights Coalition, NAACP, Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce, GI Forum, Bakersfield AIDS Project, and the California Prison Moratorium Project.
Our goal is to encourage the highest ethical standards within law enforcement, improve police and community relations by encouraging law enforcement to respond with sensitivity in a professional manner to citizens' requests for assistance. We plan to educate the public on their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
To learn more, read this article "New Coaltion Presses for Citizen's Review Panel."
On March 20th, 2013, Dolores Huerta will be awarded the Spirit of California medal in a ceremony at the California Museum in Sacramento. She will be recognized for her public service and her major contributions to the American Civil Rights Movement as a community organizer and co-founder of the United Farm Workers.
Dolores is proud to accept this award on behalf of all the people who have dedicated their lives to social justice and those who continue to work tirelessly and peacefully to advocate for justice and equal rights. “The civil rights movement, the labor movement, the women's movement, the equality movement for our LGBT brothers and sisters are all manifestations of these rights. The great social justice changes in our country happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today.
I thank the California Hall of Fame, for raising the importance of community organizing to the highest level of merit and recognition. It is a unique honor and privilege to be included in the group of distinguished individuals being honored. This prestigious recognition validates my life’s work and the efforts I’ve made to push for change. It gives credence to community organizing in general, and I consider it an invitation for others to do the same. My hope is for people to understand the importance of getting involved.”
On behalf of the Dolores Huerta Foundation family, we congratulate our mother, grandmother, teacher, and president, Dolores Huerta. Please join us in congratulating Dolores and show your appreciation by supporting the DHF and allowing us to continue our important grassroots community organizing work.
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