From SF Weekly:
“Dolores Huerta Elementary School may be a new name for the Glen Park campus this year but they’re still working on living up to that identity.
The San Francisco Board of Education approved the name change in Augustbut murals, signage, plaques, and books for its community to recognize the full meaning of its new namesake costs money. In turn, parents on a name change committee launched a GoFundMe to raise $20,000 to fully honor Huerta, a longtime labor leader who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez and coined the phrase “Sí, se puede.”
“Our school is where we want to teach students the power of voice, the power of presence, the power of being, the power of standing up for dignity and fighting for equity, embodying the life lessons and activism of someone like Dolores Huerta,” said Luis Rodriguez, Dolores Huerta Elementary principal, in October. “By adopting the name of a strong Latina leader, we also would like to send a message of empowerment to all our female students, particularly our female students of color.”
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California Values Act or better known as the “sanctuary state” bill, SB 54 would keep our people safe and decrease the fear and vulnerability they face when out in the community. A “common sense law” that protects and helps “our schools, hospitals, courthouses and libraries be safe spaces for our community members despite birthplace, background or appearance,” is what we are fighting for in 2017.
“We must take a clear stand for our deepest values: All people are created equal and deserve due process.
Anything less is giving in to Trumpism.”
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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.”
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Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta – in bronzed and larger-than-life form – now look out over residents and visitors in downtown Napa.
The 9-foot-tall statues of the pioneering farm worker rights activists were installed early Wednesday morning in a niche above the entry of a Main Street building owned by Michael L. Holcomb, the Napa developer who sponsored the artworks.
The bronze figures look out across Main Street and Veterans Memorial Park to the Napa River and the hills to the east.
Read the full article here Chavez, Huerta statues installed in downtown Napa
Since 2013, the Dolores Huerta Foundation has called for changes in Kern County Law Enforcement’s approach to public safety, more oversight and transparency when it comes to use of force, and a more fair system for investigating complaints of excessive force and controversial homicides. The Guardian report revealing that among all US counties, Kern County saw the most deaths per capita at the hands of law enforcement, is alarming and confirms that there is a crisis here that needs to be addressed. Such excessive force by certain officers in law enforcement is particularly disturbing given its disproportionate impact on people of color.
The DHF is grateful for ethical and law-abiding police officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep the community safe. However, the community has the right to demand that bad apples, within the institution, be held accountable. Criminal behavior left unchecked taints the entire institution. A system lacking transparency and sufficient oversight is not serving the public interest and must be reformed. “The DHF will work with local partners and community members to find the solutions needed to help the community restore their trust with local law enforcement,” says Camila Chavez, Executive Director, Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Read the full article here The County: the story of America’s deadliest police
Lee el articulo en El Popular El condado de Kern cuenta con la Policía más mortífera de Estados Unidos
Dolores Huerta Foundation Vecinos Unidos “United Neighbors”, in collaboration with the Lamont School District, continue ongoing efforts to improve educational outcomes by completing a 10 Week Parent Training Program to Promote Strategies for Authentic Parent Engagement
The research is clear that when schools and families support each other, students of all backgrounds and various abilities achieve at higher levels. The DHF Vecinos Unidos are bringing together parents, students, community members, and Lamont School District Administrators to increase active participation, communication, and collaboration between parents, schools, and communities with the goal of improving educational outcomes for low income, minority students in rural areas and educating the whole child to ensure student achievement and success.
The 10 Week Parent Training Program, which began on September 3rd. , provided families with the valuable tools needed to navigate the educational system and advocate for the best possible educational experience for their children. Workshops addressed the following topics: Strategies for Authentic Parent Engagement, Understanding and Getting Involved in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), Lamont School District Parent Center Classes, the Dolores Huerta Foundation & Lamont School District Partnership and more. Engaging and empowering parents, and students, to become actively involved in the educational process and policy will ultimately lead to significant gains across the board in student achievement.
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