Caregivers with the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program and SEIU Local 2015, joined by Dolores Huerta, local veterans, faith leaders, and social justice groups, shut down the county’s regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019. The demonstrators called on the Board of Supervisors to represent and protect the needs of thousands of caregivers and their constituents. Dolores Huerta was arrested, along with seven other demonstrators, at the Fresno County Board of Supervisors while calling for a living wage for caregivers.
Dolores stated, “In-home caregivers haven’t received a decent wage increase in over 10 years. Meanwhile, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors have given themselves a hefty salary increase. I decided to get arrested because I’m angry about the way home care workers are being treated. I was appalled by the way the sheriffs were mistreating Arnulfo De La Cruz, Executive Vice President of SEIU Local 2015. He was standing there peacefully when they grabbed him by the neck. The sheriffs were behaving in a brutish and aggressive manner in response to our peaceful protest. I am proud to stand with the over 17,000 support caregivers and their care recipients. These workers save the county upwards of $50,000 a year in providing services to the county’s elderly and differently-abled. They deserve a living wage! Si Se Puede!”
From The Monitor: “She inspires and empowers. No matter the age or the gender a true leader inspires through their actions and their words. La lucha sigue and “at age 87, Dolores Huerta continues to stand at the forefront of the fight for human rights with the same ganas and stamina of the fearless 32-year-old woman who formed the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez in 1962…”
“Do you know that the voter registration laws in Texas are the same as the ones we fought to change in California in 1953?” Dolores said in her unmistakable stern voice.
“All that a person has is his or her story… and when you are trying to deny them their story, you are taking away their power.” she added, repeating a line she said during an interview in the late 1970s that comes out toward the end of the 98-minute film.
”We can’t rely on the media we need to make sure we get our stories Into the textbooks,” she added in her unmistakable stern voice. “We need to push for ethnic and Chicano studies in our schools.”
Check out the The Aspen Ideas Festival video of the lively discussion on the art of activism, between Dolores Huerta and Jose Antonio Vargas, the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media advocacy organization that uses storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity in a changing America. #AspenIdeas
On Friday, April 22, 2016 Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, proclaimed April 22nd and 23rd Dolores Huerta Days in Houston.
Mayor Turner presented Dolores with the honor in the packed auditorium of the Neighborhood Centers Inc. Baker- Ripley Campus, during the evening program of the two day conference “Dolores Huerta – La Voz de las Mujeres”
The Emerald Foundation and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority hosted the free civic engagement event featuring Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Honorary Sister, Dolores Huerta. Organized by local leaders Melissa Young and Maria Duran, the event brought together civic leaders, community activists, and families.
Panelists and speakers participated in community discussions around the role of women’s leadership on a wide range of issues including the omission of ethnic studies in Texas textbooks, the movement against human trafficking, transforming education to better serve low income Latino students, and environmental justice.
You can watch video of Friday night’s conversation on the YouTube Channel: HIGHTECHAZTEC
Dolores Huerta, along with Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards, spoke to a group of 1,000 at a Planned Parenthood South Texas luncheon.
This comes on the heels of San Antonio South Texas chapter opening up a new facility. This is a big accomplishment for the women of Texas.
The two two trailblazing women had a powerful discussion about the historic movements they’ve led and the epic battles they’ve fought to make our nation more fair and just for everyone.
Dolores told the crowd, “We’ve got a challenge here in Texas,” a state that prides itself on being “number one,” she said. “We’ve got to think of how we can organize, so that Texas can be number one in terms of social justice … It’s incumbent upon all of us to think of what (we can) do to move our agenda forward in a political way, in an electoral way.”
Dolores Huerta, Families, Activist, Artists, and Elected Officials Rally at Supreme Court Steps for DAPA and DACA+ 4/18/16
On Monday, April 18, Dolores Huerta joined families and advocates at the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for President Obama’s immigration executive action. The Court heard oral argument on the deferred action initiatives, DAPA and expanded DACA.
Congressmen Dick Durbin, Bob Menéndez, Luis Gutierrez, Joaquin Castro and other members of Congress, along with community, civil rights and labor leaders, joined families eligible for deferred action and thousands of supporters in actions across the country to send a strong message in defense of the president’s immigration action.
As leaders and supporters called on the justices to lift the block against the initiatives at the steps of the Supreme Court, more than twenty cities held actions to echo their call and urge elected leaders to champion these lawful immigration programs.
Parents, community members, and 40 school children gathered early in the morning on Monday, April 11th to celebrate the launch of the much-anticipated Walking School Bus. Dolores Huerta served as the main bus driver by leading the line of children holding on to hand-made, cardboard yellow school buses.
Participants included DHF Health Policy Organizer, Yesenia Ocampo, DHF President, Dolores Huerta, Arvin City Council Member, Jose Gurrola (pictured here) and Arvin Union School District Board Member Toni Pichardo.
The Walking School Bus, a joint program of Dolores Huerta Foundation’s Cultiva la Salud and the Arvin Union School District, is a group of children walking to school under the guidance and supervision of one or more adults. There is a planned route with meeting points, a timetable, and a schedule for trained volunteers. The goals include: 1) Promote healthy lifestyles by encouraging children and adults to be more physically active. 2) Make it safer for children and adults to walk in the neighborhood. 3) Build community by helping neighbors get to know one another better.
This is the first of it’s kind in Arvin and Kern County. It was such a great success that Rosemarie Borquez, Sierra Vista School Principal, has committed to organizing a Walking School Bus on a daily basis.
Elizabeth Martinez, DHF Health Policy Organizer said, “It’s very beneficial for the kids. They get their morning exercise and they arrive to school more alert. Plus they have fun.”
Dolores stood in solidarity with low-wage workers and supporters, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, demanding a living wage of $15 an hour. She joined – Fight for $15 and Black Lives Matter – along with thousands of workers in rallies and marches, beginning at dawn, at Mc Donald’s outlets across the nation. This launches a campaign to harness the political power of millions of low-wage workers throughout the U.S. seeking to raise the minimum wage.
On Sunday, March 29th, Dolores Huerta joined the community of Napa Valley for Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Day. The celebration of Latino History was dedicated to honoring farm workers. The festival included mariachis, ballet folklorico, food vendors, wine tasting, and the unveiling of a monument to Chavez and Huerta. This is a significant location, as Napa Valley is an area famous for it’s vineyards and wineries. Latinos comprise more than a third of the population of this community and many are farm workers.
In a ceremony attended by city officials and a crowd of over 500, Dolores spoke pushing those gathered to work for immigration reform and to get out and vote. Then, two bronze life-size statues of Huerta and Chavez were revealed. They were created by Artist Mario Chiodo in recognition of the pair’s work organizing farm workers and bringing social justice to the fields of California. The artist said, “I’ve worked with monuments big and small, but this one had an enormous personal meaning to me. I’ve tried to show something of their strength and courage, something they were always nonviolent about.
About the recognition, Dolores said, “This is a historic occasion and a tremendous honor. I receive this recognition humbly, on behalf all the farm workers who sacrificed to build the United Farm Workers, the first viable farm worker union, and on behalf of those who marched with us make the fields a more humane, fair, and just workplace, and especially on behalf of those who continue to do the sacred back breaking work of toiling with their hands, beneath the sun, to feed our nation.”