Dolores Huerta is Bestowed “Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca” Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle Award 11/17/15

Dolores Huerta is Bestowed “Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca” Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle Award 11/17/15

On Tuesday, November 17th, the Mexican Embassy in the United States, on behalf of President Enrique Peña Nieto and Ambassador Miguel Basáñez, bestowed “Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca” – Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle Award – to Dolores Huerta for her exemplary work in promoting an understanding of Mexico in the United States and encouraging cultural and social engagement between the two countries. The ceremony was held at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.  Art curator, Dr. Barbara Tenenbaum and attorney, José Villarreal also received the award.

During the ceremony Ambassador Basáñez recognized the unwavering path of each of the winners as advocates and friends of his country and of the Mexican community on both sides of the border. He said, “Dolores, the Government of Mexico thanks you and congratulates you for all you have accomplished in your lifetime, including your continuing support for the most vulnerable populations in this country, especially Mexican farm workers and their families.”

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The “Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca” was established in 1933, and is the highest decoration awarded by the Mexican Government to foreign nationals as an acknowledgment of outstanding services rendered to Mexico or mankind. It was created by a decree on December 29, 1933 by President Abelardo L. Rodriguez.

President Dwight Eisenhower, Senator Edward Kennedy (posthumously), former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, are among previous US recipients.

Patiño Moore Legacy Award Awarded Jointly to Dolores Huerta and Marian Wright Edelman 11/8/15

Patiño Moore Legacy Award Awarded Jointly to Dolores Huerta and Marian Wright Edelman 11/8/15

Two luminaries of social justice, Marian Wright Edelman and Dolores Huerta, were jointly awarded the Patiño Moore Legacy Award in New Orleans on November 8, 2015, in recognition of their work to unite Black and Brown communities in a shared vision of economic and social well-being.

The Patiño Moore Legacy Award was created jointly by AFBE, Hispanics in Philanthropy and Marguerite Casey Foundation. The award is named after Dr. Douglas Patiño and Wenda Weekes Moore for their ongoing legacy of work to improve relations between Black and Brown communities. Dr. Patiño, vice chancellor emeritus for the California State University system, is a board member of Marguerite Casey Foundation. Mrs. Moore is a former trustee of W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a former board member of the Council on Foundations.

This year, the California Endowment also co-sponsored the award, which was presented to Huerta and Edelman at a board meeting of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald, director of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office, accepted the award on behalf of Mrs. Edelman. Each recipient will receive an award totaling $125,000.

“It is our honor to recognize the work of these two pioneering women, each of whom have worked diligently to incorporate discussions about race into their work,” said Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation. “By raising the voices of children, of workers, of women, and of other disenfranchised people, they have had an undeniable impact on our country.”

Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez in 1962. Huerta, a skilled organizer and negotiator, was instrumental in many of the union’s successes, including strikes against California grape growers in the 1960s and 1970s. She became one of the union’s most visible spokespersons and also served as a critical voice, challenging gender discrimination within the farm worker movement. She stepped down from her leadership role in the UFW in 1999, but has never stopped in her work to improve the lives of workers, immigrants, and women. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2012. She is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which she founded in 2002.

Marian Wright Edelman is president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, one of the nation’s leading voices for children and families. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Mrs. Edelman — the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar — began her career by leading the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. After working with the Poor People’s Campaign (organized by Martin Luther King Jr. before his death) and the Washington Research Project, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973 as a voice for children, particularly poor children, children of color, and children with disabilities. Edelman received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000.

ABFE – formerly known as The Association of Black Foundation Executives – promotes effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. Hispanics in Philanthropy works to strengthen partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities. Marguerite Casey Foundation, an independent national grantmaking foundation, exists to help low-income families elevate their voice and mobilize their communities in order to achieve a more just and equitable society for all.

Hispanics in Philanthropy works to strengthen partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities.

Marguerite Casey Foundation, an independent national grantmaking foundation, exists to help low-income families elevate their voice and mobilize their communities in order to achieve a more just and equitable society for all.

DHF in the News: DHF Community Organizer, Irlanda Ramirez, speaks to Despierta America

DHF in the News: DHF Community Organizer, Irlanda Ramirez, speaks to Despierta America

Univision’s, Despierta America, featured DHF Community Organizer, Irlanda Ramirez. She spoke about her collaborative work with Arvin School District to educate the community about the negative health impacts of sugary sweet beverages. Her work is especially important because Kern County has among the highest rates of childhood obesity and diabetes in the state of California.

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BIG NEWS!!! Legislation introduced to finally close the corporate loopholes of Prop 13

BIG NEWS!!! Legislation introduced to finally close the corporate loopholes of Prop 13

Today, State Senators Holly Mitchell and Loni Hancock introduced “The Property Tax Fairness Amendment” (SCA 5) to finally close the corporate loopholes of Prop 13 and raise $9 BILLION to reinvest in our kids and communities.

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Why do these identical properties in downtown LA pay such different amounts in local property tax? Loopholes in Prop 13 have allowed some corporations and wealthy property owners to shift their tax responsibility onto the backs of homeowners and renters.

It’s time to level this unfair playing field and #MakeItFairCA! Follow @Make It Fair CA on Facebook and Twitter (@MakeItFair_CA) for more details.”

DHF in the News: KHSD report confirms black students disciplined at higher rate

DHF in the News: KHSD report confirms black students disciplined at higher rate

On Monday night, expert, Dr. Jon Eyler presented a report to the Kern High School District board meeting indicating that African-American students are subject to double the rates of discipline as white students.

“Dr. Eyler’s Discipline Analysis Report validates the root causes of the advocacy work that Dolores Huerta Foundation has been doing with parents for the last three years. Implicit biases are so intrinsic in KHSD that is definitely something the district has to address. When we help parents learn their rights, get organized, and provide training in how to advocate for their children, they gain the power to change policies that put their children at an educational disadvantage and improve schools for all children.”  Says Erika M. Brooks, Education Program Manager of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

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Dolores Huerta Fights Against Amendment 67 to Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights in Colorado.

Dolores Huerta Fights Against Amendment 67 to Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights in Colorado.

“Election day is the most important day of your life!…Vote no on 67.” said Dolores Huerta.

The initiative would define a “person” and a “child” in the Colorado Criminal Code to include unborn human beings, which could cut off women’s rights of abortion and birth control, even in the case of rape, incest or to protect the health or save the life of the woman.

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