DHF in Action: Bakersfield City School District LCAP Public Hearing Session, Tue. 6/13/17

DHF in Action: Bakersfield City School District LCAP Public Hearing Session, Tue. 6/13/17

Community Organizer Gaby Fernandez and Education Policy Director Gerald Cantu Ph.D., joined parents at the Bakersfield City Schools District (BCSD) at the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) hearing on June 13, 2017.

The LCAP is a critical part in children’s education where parents have the opportunity to engage in the decisions that impact their children and schools. Each school district must create a plan that describes the school districts annual goals for the students and include the actions that will be needed in order to achieve these goals. However, this must be done with the parents, community, educators, and employees. The LCAP also includes the districts budget and how it will be dispersed to each goal in order to achieve it.

Parents from Emerson Middle School, Stella Hills Elementary School, and McKinley Elementary were able to speak in front of board members and propose recommendations for their child’s schools. Gaby was able to inform the board members that DHF has a toolkit both in spanish and english that helps to educate parents on how to read and analyze the LCAP along with making recommendations. DHF was able to suggest a future partnership with BCSD in order to educate parents more on this very important and critical part of their child’s education that allows them to have a voice.

After hearing Gaby and parents speak, Harry “Doc” Ervin, BCSD Superintendent, responded very positively which has resulted in a meeting with DHF and BCSD next month in August! Doc Ervin spoke during Gabys presentation stating that they were “always looking for ways to improve and that if DHF had any methods or ideas they were good with that and was interested in a partnership to expand the amount of parents involved.”

DHF in Action: Community Organizer Advocates for “SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL” At GUSD Board Meeting Wed. 06/14/17

DHF in Action: Community Organizer Advocates for “SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL” At GUSD Board Meeting Wed. 06/14/17

 

DHF in Action: On Wednesday June 14, 2017 Zobeida Sosa, Community Organizer attended the Greenfield Union School District board meeting to implement “safe routes to school” program by hiring more crossing guards funded by LCAP. Sabrina Villareal a parent gave a testimony about the issue by stating to the board that:

[as a parent at Fairview Elementary I would like to suggest a program like Safe Routes to School be implemented into a policy. I think this will be beneficial to our schools by teach students how to travel safely to and from school. I feel this is important to do because of all the cureent attempted child abductions that have been going on in Bakersfield.]

Zobeida followed Sabrinas statement with informing the board on how Cultiva La Salud has a tool kit that can help teach parent show to start a walking school bus that can benefit the safety of the students as well as getting parents more involved with the schools and districts. The Superintendent of the GFUSD praised our comments and asked to be contacted on a later date to further discuss the Walking School Bus program with DHF.

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DHF en Accion: Zobeida Sosa, Organizadora de la comunidad, atendió la junta de la mesa directiva del distrito escolar de la Unión Greenfield para implementar un programa de “rutas seguras a la escuela.” Este programa funcionaria contratando más guardias de cruceros financiados por el LCAP. Sabrina Villarreal una madre dio su testimonio del programa y el problema que enfrenta nuestra ciudad enfrente de la mesa directiva:

“Como madre en la Primaria Fairview me gustaría sugerir que el programa de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela fuera implementado en una póliza. Yo creo que esto sería beneficioso para nuestras escuelas y para enseñarles a los estudiantes como transportarse sin peligro hacia y de la escuela. Yo creo que esto es importante de hacer por todo los intentos de secuestros de niños que a habido en Bakersfield.”

Después del testimonio de Sabrina Villarreal, Zobeida le informó a la mesa directiva acerca se Cultiva La salud y como tiene las herramientas para educar a los padres cómo pueden empezar un autobús escolar de caminar que beneficie la seguridad de los estudiantes al igual que involucre más a los padres en las escuelas y en el distrito. El Superintendente del Distrito Escolar de la Unión Greenfield alabo nuestros comentarios y preguntó si podría juntarse con la Fundación Dolores Huerta para discutir un posible programa acerca del Autobús Escolar de Caminata.

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.