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.
Watch video of Dolores addressing the crowd by clicking on this link Dolores Huerta Video
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.”