DHF in Action: Dr. Gerald Cantu, Education and Policy Director, Attended the #WeAreBHC Sacramento Convening & Advocated On AB424, SB607, and SB54 to Legislators, Th. 06/06/17

DHF in Action: Dr. Gerald Cantu, Education and Policy Director, Attended the #WeAreBHC Sacramento Convening & Advocated On AB424, SB607, and SB54 to Legislators, Th. 06/06/17

DHF in Action: Dr. Gerald Cantu alongside South Kern partners attended the #WeAreBHC California Endowment Sacramento Convening on June 6 – 8, 2017. The convening brought together all 18 Building Healthy Communities sites and their partners to visit legislators. Among the South Kern partners of BHC was our very own Dr. Gerald Cantu representing #DHF, Dignity Health, Faith of the Valley, Committee for a better Arvin, United Communities, and a youth reporter for South Kern. Speakers at the convening were: State Controller Betty T. Yee, Latina organizer and activist #CarmenPerez, California’s Insurance commissioner Dave Jones, Representative of the 63rd Assembly District in California Anthony Rendon, and California State Senator Kevin de Leon.

South Kern BHC was able to meet with Senator Jean Fuller (R), Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D), and Senator Andy Vidak (R) and discuss the issues in our community and give them an idea of the amount and type of work we’re doing here at the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Dr. Gerald Cantu advocated on behalf of DHF work for the support on #AB424, #SB607, and #SB54. Existing law was that it would be considered a crime if you were on a school zone and was in possession of a firearm. However, school staff would be allowed to carry firearms if they were to get permission from their superintendent or equivalent school authority. In 2016 the Kern High School District passed a bill that would delete the written permission needed. #AB424 would close the loophole on guns on campus and nullify what the Kern High School District did in 2016. Dr, Gerald Cantu was able to ask Jean Fuller and Andy Vidak for their support on #AB424

Not only did Dr. Cantu advocate for a safer campus but also advocated for #SB607 in order to help end the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Currently in K-12, current law prohibits a student from being suspended from school or recommended for expulsion, unless the superintendent or principal determines that the student has “willfully defied” the valid authority. However, this existing law of willful defiance is so broad that you can almost define any small act that disrupts the class from the student as a willful defiance, causing suspension and sometimes even expulsion. This leaves us with kids being disciplined by removing them from the classroom, from their learning environment, and sometimes even their safe haven. #SB607 would change this law and would remove this type of pupil discipline, #RudySalas voted to support this change!

Dr. Cantu did not stop there, as a representative of South Kern he educated these legislators on #SB54. This Senate Bill would repeal peace officers from detaining individuals for any actual or suspected immigration violation or report or turn the individual over to federal immigration authorities. WOW! Gracias to Dr. Gerald Cantu for your work!

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DHF en Acción: Dr, Gerald Cantu junto con sus colegas del sur del Kern atendieron la convención #WeAreBHC del California Endowment en Sacramento desde el 6 a 8 de Junio. La convención reunio a las 18 comunidades de la Construcción de Comunidades Saludables y sus asociados para visitar a legisladores. Entre los asociados del Sur de Kern estaba nuestro propio representante de la Fundación Dolore Huerta, Dr. Gerald Cantu, un representante de Dignity Health, Faith of the Valley, un representante del committe para un mejor Arvin, United Communities, y una joven reportera para el Sur de Kern. Los que hablaron en la conferencia fueron: Controlador del Estado Betty T. Yee, organizadora y activista Latina Carmen Perez, Comisionado de seguros del estado de California Dave Jones, Representante de la assemblea del distrito 63 Anthony Rendón, y el senador del estado de California Kevin de León.

Los miembros del grupo del Sur de Kern tuvieron la oportunidad de reunirse con la senadora Jean Fuller (R), asambleísta Rudy Salas (D), y senador Andy Vidak (R), para discutir acerca de los problemas que enfrenta nuestra comunidad al igual el Dr. Cantu tuvo la oportunidad de informarles a los legisladores de la cantidad y lo importante que es el trabajo que hacemos aquí en la Fundación Dolores Huerta.

El Dr. Gerald Cantu en nombre de la fundación abogó para el apoyo hacia #AB424, #SB607, y #SB54. Una ley que existe hoy día es que se considera un crimen si estas en una zona escolar y tuvieras posesión de una arma de fuego. Sin embargo, los maestros o otro personal puede cargar armas si recibe permiso escrito por el superintendente o autoridad escolar equivalente. En el 2016 el Distrito Escolar de Kern aprobó un proyecto de ley que eliminaría el permiso por escrito necesario. #AB424 cerraría la laguna de la armas en las escuelas y anularía lo que el Distrito Escolar de Kern hizo en el 2016. El Dr. Cantu tuvo la oportunidad de preguntarle a Jean Fuller y Andy Vidak que apoyaran a #AB424.

Dr. Cantu no solo defendió el tener un seguro y mejor ambiente en las escuelas sino que también abogó por #SB607 para ayudar a terminar el ciclo de la Escuela-a la Prisión. Actualmente desde el kinder hasta el grado 12, hay una ley que prohíbe que un estudiante sea suspendido o expulsado, a menos que el superintendente o principal determine que el estudiante intencionadamente desafío a un personal de la escuela con autoridad. Sin embargo, esta ley existente de desafío intencional es tan amplia que casi se puede definir cualquier acto pequeño que interrumpe la clase del estudiante como un desafío intencionado, causando la suspensión y a veces incluso la expulsión. Esto nos deja con una disciplina que saca al estudiante de la escuela, lo saca de su ambiente de aprendizaje, y a veces del lugar donde se siente más seguro. #SB607 cambiaría esta ley y quitaria este tipo de disciplina de los alumnos. ¡Gracias a Rudy Salas por si apoyarnos con esta lucha!

Pero aquí no paró el Dr. Cantu, siguió su lucha. Como representante del Sur de Kern, tomó la tarea de educar a los legisladores en lo que es #SB54. Esta nueva ley derogaría a oficiales de paz de detener a individuos por cualquier violación de inmigración real o sospechada o reportar o entregar al individuo a las autoridades federales de inmigración. ¡IMPRESIONANTE!

DHF in Action: DHF Hosts Regional Active Transportation Plan Meeting, Collaborating with Community Groups, Mon. 7/10/17

DHF in Action: DHF Hosts Regional Active Transportation Plan Meeting, Collaborating with Community Groups, Mon. 7/10/17

On Monday July 10th, Yesenia Campos and Elizabeth Martinez of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, hosted a Regional Active Transportation Plan Meeting, inviting community members to come and input their recommendations on the local biking infrastructure, and what kinds of transit changes they would like to see in their community.  The Kern Regional Active Transportation Plan is a regional planning effort led by the Kern Council of Governments to enhance walking, bicycling and transit access throughout Kern County. Working with local, regional and statewide partner agencies and organizations, Kern COG aims to develop a suite of project and program recommendations to make walking, bicycling, and transit integral parts of daily life for residents and visitors alike.

The foundation collaborated with a plethora of groups such as, Bike Bakersfield, Leadership Council, Assembly Member Rudy Salas, California Walks and the City of Arvin to forge this meeting, and encourage local community members to voice their vision for a community welcoming to fitness and practical transit. A vision that is a step towards improving overall quality of life in the communities of Arvin. The Arvin branch of “Cultiva La Salud” gave several great inputs; James Guzman, captain of  the committee, suggested a bike path South or East of Arvin as well as, Monserrat Rodriguez, member of committee, giving an input on the street lights needed in Arvin and Flashing lights when crossing certain streets in Arvin. DHF hopes to have such

 productive meetings in the future, where we can bring active transportation to communities all over through the help of the people!

 

 

 

DHF in Action: Camila Chavez, Executive Director, Promoting Social Justice Through Child Literacy, Mon. 7/3/17

DHF in Action: Camila Chavez, Executive Director, Promoting Social Justice Through Child Literacy, Mon. 7/3/17

On Monday, July 3rd, Executive Director, Camila Chavez, took time out of her busy schedule to promote literacy and educate community youngsters about civil rights heroes through “Lado a Lado, Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez” by Monica Brown. The book promotes and highlights the importance of community organizing as part of a strong democracy. Camila read to a group of students from LightWave Education Freedom School in Bakersfield. LightWave Education focuses on enhancing the quality of life through holistic programs that impact positive change in these children and their communities. Both DHF and LightWave education share this characteristic of empowering individuals and creating positive leaders of them through educating our youth about their potential and their capabilities.

 

DHF in Action: Jess Contreras, Civic Engagement Director, Attends Fresno Screening of Healthcare Documentary “Salud? Yes Please”, Wed. 7/5/17

DHF in Action: Jess Contreras, Civic Engagement Director, Attends Fresno Screening of Healthcare Documentary “Salud? Yes Please”, Wed. 7/5/17

Jess Contreras,  DHF Civic Engagement Director, DHF canvassers, and volunteers attended the Fresno Screening of “Salud! Yes Please”a documentary that revolves around Grace Parra’s journey to shed light on the Affordable Care Act, and the dire affect it has on the lives of the average American. Jess had the fortunate opportunity to share information about the Make It Fair campaign. The campaign tackles the issue of closing tax loopholes for corporations within California. With the closing of loopholes, billions of dollars can be retrieved to fund the interests of the common Californian.

DHF In Action: Moises Duran on Panel Discussing Healthcare at Local Screening of “Salud! Yes Please”, Thur. 6/22/17

DHF In Action: Moises Duran on Panel Discussing Healthcare at Local Screening of “Salud! Yes Please”, Thur. 6/22/17

Moises Duran, DHF Equality Organizer, was on the panel at the “Salud Yes” screening at Maya Cinemas in Bakersfield. Salud Yes is a documentary that revolves around Grace Parra’s journey to shed light on the Affordable Care Act, and the dire affect it has on the lives of the average American. The panel was moderated by Latina comedian Grace Parra, star of the documentary. Other panelists included Julie Ortero Maymi, a local community member who was featured in the film and Stephen Schilling, CEO of Clinica Sierra Vista.

After the Screening, there was a panel discussion and Q & A where, Duran gave advice to young people on how to get involved in civic engagement and advocacy. He encouraged undocumented members of the community to enroll their children up to 19 years of age who qualify for Medical. He assured undocumented families that this information is not shared with any immigration enforcement agencies.

He also talked about his work with the Equality California Kern County Health Care Action Team and their collaboration with the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Medical Foundation that aims to provide quality medical, dental, alternative medicine and vision care, along with health education and other health services to income disadvantaged residents regardless of their age, gender, race or religious affiliations with inspiring love and humanity to both the givers and receivers. The group periodically host free clinics at Golden Valley High School.

DHF in Action: Youth motivated by movement history, Fri. 6/23/17

DHF in Action: Youth motivated by movement history, Fri. 6/23/17

Gerald C Cantu, Ph. D., Education Director, gave a presentation on the Farmworker Movement, and shared the films “Viva La Causa” and “Walk Out” with this year’s Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project cohort at Fresno State on Friday, June 23rd, 2017. The students participated in an engaging conversation on the importance of youth leadership in the movement.

The CLYLP San Joaquin Valley Institute (SJVI) was established in 1999 to inspire and motivate students from the area to become the future leaders of the San Joaquin Valley Chicano/Latino community through public service. Open to 50 students from the San Joaquin Valley, the three-day institute offers an impactful program designed to develop students’ leadership potential and increase their knowledge of the region’s cultural and political landscape. Institute participants connect with education, business, political and community leaders from the Central Valley and receive encouragement in their pursuit of post-secondary educational opportunities.