Call to Action: Join Forces with DHF and Dignity in Schools Campaign California to End Student Push Out

Call to Action: Join Forces with DHF and Dignity in Schools Campaign California to End Student Push Out

Join KEJC and Dignity in Schools Campaign California October 21st to 29th to call on schools and districts across the nation to end the pushout of students of color. This week’s theme is: “Education is a human right! We will not give up the fight!”

#DSCCalifornia
#EdIsAHumanRight
#RethinkSchoolSafety
#MoveTheNeedle

Although suspensions and expulsions have gradually gone down for all groups since 2009-10, there is more work to do. Racial inequities persist. At KHSD in 2016-17 the suspension rate among African-Americans was 22.4% as compared with 8.5% for Whites. African-American youth represented 23% of all expulsions even though they only made up 5.9% of enrollment. When students are suspended and expelled it increases the likelihood that they will drop out, enter the juvenile justice system, and become imprisoned as adults.

Education is a human right. When we push youth out of school, this takes away their rights and it is detrimental to our community’s well-being. Preparing our youth for college and careers benefits us all. They become adults that are productive members of society with  jobs, which is increases our tax base, decreases crime rates, and leads to greater overall economic growth.

When the community comes together and demands change it works. When parents and community organizations came together to demand that KHSD stop pushing out  Black and Latino students, eventually pursuing justice through the legal system, KHSD was forced to reform their discipline practices. The result is a historic civil rights victory for African American to and Latino youth achieved through the lawsuit settlement. In another victory for school climate, a bill was passed in Sacramento which prohibits a school from permitting  teachers and parents to carry concealed weapons on campus. Sacramento responded to the community’s actions in opposition to KHSD’s attempt to allow staff to carry concealed weapons at schools.  

To bring about further change at KHSD and to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline once and for all, now more than ever the community needs to stay engaged. Here are some of the following ways you can get involved to make a difference:

  •         Attend KHSD’s semi-annual community forums on school climate as required by the settlement, and provide your feedback during the input session.
  •         Attend your school district’s LCAP public hearings, and let officials know you want to see state funds earmarked for low-income students used to close the achievement gap.
  •         Attend monthly district board meetings, and during public to comment demand that your trustee, who represents you as an elected official, dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
  •         Vote every two years to hold your district trustee accountable for their actions.
Call to Action: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Voter Registration and Make It Fair Petition

Call to Action: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Voter Registration and Make It Fair Petition

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is looking for volunteers for Voter Registration and to gather signatures for the Make It Fair Campaign to close California’s commercial property tax loophole and invest more than $68 million our local communities.

Our big walks are happening for the next two weekends:

Friday October 20, 3:30-8:30pm Voter Registration Volunteer Walk.
Saturday October 21, 9am-2pm Make it Fair Petition Gathering
Sunday October 22, 2pm-7pm Make it Fair Petition Gathering
Friday October 27, 3:30-8:30pm Voter Registration Volunteer Walk.
Saturday October 28, 9am-2pm Make it Fair Petition Gathering
Sunday October 29, 2pm-7pm Make it Fair Petition Gathering

Meet at the Brower Building, 1527 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 in the 4th Floor Conference Room

For more information, contact Jess Contreras, DHF Civic Engagement Coordinator (661) 421-3424

If you’re not available on the weekend, there are many other opportunities available.

Please sign up using the following Google Form link CIVIC ENGAGEMENT VOLUNTEER SIGN UP.

Join the DHF in promoting CIVIC ENGAGEMENT and STRENGTHENING OUR DEMOCRACY! With your participation, we could have a tremendous impact that would lead to better schools and healthier neighborhoods. Make a difference in your community by registering and educating voters!

Meals and training provided.

Call or email Jess Contreras at (661) 421-3424, ycontreras@doloreshuerta.org to sign up for a volunteer shift, or for more information.

*Community service hours available. Please sign up using the following Google Form link CIVIC ENGAGEMENT VOLUNTEER SIGN UP.

 

Call to Action: Call on Rudy Salas to vote YES on SB 54 – The California Values Act

Call to Action: Call on Rudy Salas to vote YES on SB 54 – The California Values Act

Join us to gather signatures to encourage Rudy to vote yes on this issue!!

Please click on the link, sign, and forward this online petition.

Petition to Call on Rudy Salas to vote YES on SB 54 – The California Values Act

SB 54 “The California Values Act” successfully passed the Senate moving California to become a sanctuary state for immigrant families.

We need Our Assemblymember Rudy Salas to vote yes on this issue to make it the law!!!

For more information, contact Gaby Fernandez, DHF Kern Organizer, gfernandez@doloreshuerta.org (661) 304-2086

We know that when local law enforcement agencies cooperate with immigration enforcement, there is a tremendous cost to public safety. It hinders the ability of local law enforcement to build the strong relationships necessary to public safety and community well-being. Victims and witnesses are less likely to report crime, if they fear that police officers will use this interaction as an opportunity to inquire about their immigration status or that of people they know.

We ask Rudy Salas to vote YES on SB 54 and protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations, separate families, or terrorize our communities.

Please click on the link, sign, and forward this online petition.

Petition to Call on Rudy Salas to vote YES on SB 54 – The California Values Act

Call to Action: Signature gathering to encourage Assemblyman Rudy Salas to vote yes on SB 54 for immigrant families, 5/7/17, 3pm

Call to Action: Signature gathering to encourage Assemblyman Rudy Salas to vote yes on SB 54 for immigrant families, 5/7/17, 3pm

Join us to gather signatures to encourage Rudy to vote yes on this issue!!

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 3pm to 7pm

1527 19th Street
Suite 422
Bakersfield, CA 93301

SB54 The California Values Act successfully passed the Senate moving California to become a sanctuary state for immigrant families.

We need Our Assemblymember Rudy Salas to vote yes on this issue to make it the law!!!

For more information, contact Gaby Fernandez, DHF Kern Organizer, gfernandez@doloreshuerta.org (661) 304-2086

Please click on the link below, sign and forward this online petition.

Petition to Call on Rudy Salas to vote YES on SB 54 – The California Values Act

 

Call to Action: Challenge Policies Allowing Weapons on Campus at KHSD Board Meeting, Mon. 2/6/17, 6pm

Call to Action: Challenge Policies Allowing Weapons on Campus at KHSD Board Meeting, Mon. 2/6/17, 6pm

Join the Kern Education Justice Collaborative, the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and Faith in the Valley Kern in calling on KHSD Board of Trustees to overturn policies allowing select CCW permit-holding teachers and non-staff to carry firearms on high school campuses.

Where: Kern High School District Board Meeting
5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309

When: Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

For more information, contact
Gaby Fernandez, DHF Youth Organizer
(661) 304-2086 gfernandez@doloreshuerta.org

Call on KHSD Trustees to Rescind Policies Allowing Concealed Weapons in Schools

As community members who care deeply about the safety of our youth, we are calling on KHSD Board of Trustees to rescind policies allowing select CCW permit-holding teachers and non-staff to carry firearms on high school campuses.

KHSD Trustees first voted to allow non-staff CCW permit holders, including parents, to carry guns on campus on June 27th. Then on November 17, 2016 they called together a special meeting under outrageous circumstances, where they approved a proposal allowing teachers and other school personnel to carry arms on campus. The public was given a mere 24-hour notice and the meeting was held at an hour which made it difficult for parents, teachers, and other community members to attend.

Over the past few months, the public—including teachers, school administrators, parents, elected officials and retired law enforcement officers—have come out strongly in overwhelming opposition to these dangerous policies which threaten to harm children and add more lawsuits to the many the district is already facing.

Permitting more guns on high school campuses is dangerous. Having ready access to guns actually increases the risk of homicide. This puts over 37,000 students at risk. Gun violence disproportionately effects students of color. The KHSD is a racially diverse school district with some campuses having ethnic minority populations of 89% or more. Additionally, this policy will increase liability costs. Increased liability will likely take general funds away from classroom instruction.

Sign the petition at tinyurl.com/NoGunsKHSD

Call to Action: Statewide Rally at Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s, Fri. 1/27/16, 1pm

Call to Action: Statewide Rally at Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s, Fri. 1/27/16, 1pm

Join the Dolores Huerta Foundation, other organizations, and concerned citizens!

*** FRIDAY JAN. 27: FIRST CALIFORNIA DAY OF ACTION TO PROTECT, IMPROVE, AND EXPAND MEDICARE & MEDICAID! ***

Statewide rally at Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office, 1:00PM Yokuts Park, 2:00pm McCarthy’s office.

#Resist #GetLoud #FightBack #Solidarity #ProtectHealthForAll

Call to Action: Support Standing Rock! Join Dolores Huerta at Jane Fonda’s Bank Exit Birthday Rally for #NODAPL, Wed. 12/21/16, 2pm

Call to Action: Support Standing Rock! Join Dolores Huerta at Jane Fonda’s Bank Exit Birthday Rally for #NODAPL, Wed. 12/21/16, 2pm

Meet at Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles, CA and march to Wells Fargo. Then rally outside of Chase @ Sunset

#JANEFONDA #BANKEXIT

www.DefundDAPL.org

Award-winning actress Jane Fonda — a sharp critic of the government’s failure to honor treaties with Native American First Nations – supports Standing Rock. She is taking her money out of Wells Fargo for #NODAPL

Fonda, in addition to joining the group, has donated four much-needed Mongolian yurts and five bison. Yurts — round, semi-permanent tents reinforced with framing and usually equipped with a heat source doubling as a stove in the center — are traditional housing used by nomadic cultures for centuries as defense against the elements for their ease of portability.

For her part, Jane Fonda has already participated in an arts education program at Solen Middle School in the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation earlier this year. Indeed, the activist and actress is no stranger to the American Indigenous rights movement — in 1969, she supported the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island, intended to garner attention to continued treaty rights violations and the need for Indigenous sovereignty.

“I came away with the belief that what is happening at Standing Rock is an existential confrontation between two opposing world views. One is represented by the Indigenous Water Protectors and their allies who believe our future depends on respecting the land and water on which human life depends. The people on the front lines are very brave. They stand, carrying their banners, chanting, and praying with arms reaching toward the sky.” said Jane Fonda.

Call to Action: Rally to Call on Congressman McCarthy to #Fight4OurHealth, Tues., 12/20/16, 10am

Call to Action: Rally to Call on Congressman McCarthy to #Fight4OurHealth, Tues., 12/20/16, 10am

Join us on Tuesday, December 20th in front of Congressman McCarthy’s Office at 4100 Empire Dr, Bakersfield, California 93309 at 10 am to make your voice heard.

#Fight4OurHealth

Have a story about how the ACA has helped you? Share your story at this link and we will deliver it to the Congressman SHARE YOUR STORY!

Our community is coming together and calling on Congressman Kevin McCarthy to represent the people of his district. He must stand against those who are working to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Nearly half of the population in Kern and Tulare Counties relies on some form of subsidized insurance. Tens of thousands more benefit from the Affordable Care Act because of provisions like extending dependent coverage to age 26 and removing “pre-existing condition” clauses from insurance. Covered California and tax subsidies to small businesses have given people more freedom to move from job to job and small businesses can better compete for the best talent.

We can’t go back to a time when so many more Americans had to rely on emergency rooms for primary care or forgo treatment altogether. Nowhere is the need so great as in California’s Central Valley. Our congressman needs to carry the message from his district to Washington D.C.: This law is saving lives in California and we are ready to fight for our health.

Partnering Organizations: Consumers Union, ACCE, CPCA, CCALAC, NILC, SEIU 521, 721, 1021, CCHI, Community Health Councils, WCLP, Congress of California Seniors, California Partnership, Community Clinics Consortium of Contra Costa, Children Now, Justice in Aging, Jewish Family Services, Equality California, Small Business Majority, National Association of Social Workers, Campaign for a Healthy California, CPEHN, Firefighters, Greenlining Institute, Advancement Project CA, Project Inform, CARA, OWL, NHELP, CSEA, UDW 3930, CLRA, Community Clinical Centers, Organizing for Action – Contra Costa, LA County IHSS Public Authority, Project Inform, American Nurses Association CA, CA Labor Federation, American Lung Association, Voices for Progress, Organizing for Action, Young Progressive Coalition, CWA 9416, Kern, Inyo, and Mono Counties Central Labor Council

Call to Action: Call on KHSD Trustees to Rescind Policies Allowing Concealed Weapons in Schools

Call to Action: Call on KHSD Trustees to Rescind Policies Allowing Concealed Weapons in Schools

“As community members who care deeply about the safety of our youth, we are calling on Kern High School District Board of Trustees to rescind policies allowing select Carrying Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit-holding teachers and non-staff to carry firearms on high school campuses.” 

Please sign the petition. Click here to add your name: 

tinyurl.com/stopKHSDguns

KHSD Trustees first voted to allow non-staff CCW permit holders, including parents, to carry guns on campus on June 27th. Then on November 17, 2016 they called together a special meeting under outrageous circumstances, where they approved a proposal allowing teachers and other school personnel to carry arms on campus. The public was given a mere 24-hour notice and the meeting was held at an hour which made it difficult for parents, teachers, and other community members to attend.

Over the past few months, the public—including teachers, school administrators, parents, elected officials and retired law enforcement officers—have come out strongly in overwhelming opposition to these dangerous policies which threaten to harm children and add more lawsuits to the many the district is already facing. 

Some of the most vocal proponents in favor of these policies are firearms trainers at local gun stores. In an apparent conflict of interest, some of the non-staff CCW holders who were granted permission to carry guns on campus are members of a church in which former Trustee Chad Vegas is their pastor. They meet on KHSD grounds during the weekend. These policies have the potential to endanger children who rely on public schools, and they were passed by Vegas even though he has removed his own children from the public school system and has gone on record encouraging his parishioners to do the same. 

In December 2016, Joey O’Connell, the new Trustee replacing Chad Vegas, will be sworn in. During his campaign, he told members of the local chapter of the California Teacher’s Association that having more guns at schools creates more problems. A new board of Trustees creates an opportunity to raise our voices and demand that they rescind these misguided firearms policies. 

Permitting more guns on high school campuses is dangerous. Having ready access to guns actually increases the risk of homicide. This puts over 37,000 students at risk. Gun violence disproportionately effects students of color. The KHSD is a racially diverse school district with some campuses having ethnic minority populations of 89% or more. Additionally, this policy will increase liability costs. Increased liability will likely take general funds away from classroom instruction. 

Please sign the petition. Click here to add your name: 

tinyurl.com/stopKHSDguns

Watch the interview with DHF Civic Engagement Director, Gerald Cantu, Ph.D. by clicking on the image below.

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Call to Action: #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016

Call to Action: #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016

Why give to DHF on Giving Tuesday?

Please donate by going to this link DONATE HERE.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a leading force in the Central Valley working to protect and advance the rights of immigrants, women, youth, and the LGBT community.

Through community organizing, civic engagement education, and leadership development your contributions help:

– Put an end to the School-to-Prison Pipeline

– Improve access and develop infrastructure for safe healthy communities

– Create healthy, accepting, supportive communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, family members, and friends

– Increase opportunities for civic engagement and policy advocacy.

Please donate by going to this link DONATE HERE.

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Call to Action: Keep Guns Off Campus KHSD Board Meeting 11/17/16, 12:30pm

Call to Action: Keep Guns Off Campus KHSD Board Meeting 11/17/16, 12:30pm

The Kern High School District Board of Trustees is having a meeting to consider enacting a proposal which would allow the Superintendent to select CCW permit-holding teachers and other staff to carry firearms on high school campuses.

Please join DHF and the Kern Education Justice Collaborative in showing opposition to this dangerous proposal. More guns on campus will NOT help our students graduate and get ready for college and a career. Make a statement by wearing SAFETY ORANGE.

When: Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Where: Kern High School District
5801 Sundale Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 827-3100

The DHF and KEJC have also launched a petition asking KHSD to remain a gun-free school zone, which we intend to present at the next board meeting. Sign our petition to let KHSD Trustees know you want guns off of our campuses.

Sign the petition at tinyurl.com/NoGunsKHSD

KHSD recently passed a policy allowing non-staff Carrying Concealed Weapons (CCW) permit-holders on school grounds with the permission of the Superintendent, a policy the DHF and KEJC vehemently opposed, the Kern High School District Board of Trustees are now This policy would put over 37,000 students at risk, and would do nothing to make campuses safer.

KHSD already has a police force that is properly trained in the use of firearms. Putting more guns on campus only threatens to create more problems than it solves. Research shows that having ready access to guns increases the risk of homicide and injury by accidental discharge. Gun violence disproportionately affects students of color and the KHSD is a racially diverse school district with some campuses having ethnic minority populations of 89% or more. It will also increase liability costs. Allocations toward insurance companies will be taken from general funds and away from classroom instruction.

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Call to Action: Pledge to be a voter!

Call to Action: Pledge to be a voter!

SIGN THE PLEDGE HERE http://www.thepetitionsite.com/559/753/652/pledge-to-be-a-voter/

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On November 8 our country will not only choose a president, but also representatives at every level of government and whether or not to enact certain measures.

For some of you, this presidential election has made you feel as though your voice and your vote don’t matter. But, take it from me, your voice and your vote do matter. There is so much that hangs in the balance, that your voice and your vote matter greatly. The candidates who are elected and the measures and propositions that are approved and rejected will impact our communities for years to come.

So often the decisions made by politicians don’t benefit or reflect the voice and the will of the people in the neighborhoods they serve. We have to change that!

SIGN THE PLEDGE HERE http://www.thepetitionsite.com/559/753/652/pledge-to-be-a-voter/

I have spent my life organizing people to make changes that impact their own lives and the world around them and I have learned that we have tremendous power, if we vote together.

Election Day is the most important day of your life! Join the millions of people across the country and in your own community who will join together to vote for what and who they want.

First, you have to register right now, it takes just a few text messages.

Then, pledge to show up on election day. Choose to be a part of a larger group of people who want to see the same changes you do. Choose to be a voice for social justice, women’s rights, access to education, equality and more!

The great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today. Pledge to come together, pledge to organize your friends, your family, and your neighbors to take the direct action of voting.

Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world. This is even more true during an election season when we can exercise our right to have a direct say in what happens and who decides. I know it feels like change is slow and hard to come by, but I’m here to tell you that “¡Si Se Puede!”, but only if you vote!

Dolores Huerta

SIGN THE PLEDGE HERE http://www.thepetitionsite.com/559/753/652/pledge-to-be-a-voter/