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DHF Weaving Movements Newsletter

Dolores Huerta Foundation in 2015

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“This School-to-Prison Pipeline has got to stop! When kids are removed from schools, they can’t do their school work. They fall behind and end up dropping out. Many of these young people end up incarcerated. We have to help these kids by making sure they stay in school.” – Dolores Huerta

EDUCATION

  • DHF collaborated with California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities in spearheading the Kern Education Justice Collaborative addressing the disproportionate amount of expulsions affecting African-American and Latino students.
  • DHF worked with parents, faith-based organizations, legal agencies, and community organizations to develop a set of recommendations for the KHSD Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) focused on stopping the “School to Prison Pipeline” by improving school climate.
  • DHF launched a campaign to make sure parent and youth voices are heard and that Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds are spent following the intent of the law.
  • DHF Education Department, Erika Brooks and Timoteo Prado are organizing and empowering parents to become effective advocates for children in schools.
  • In a partnership with the Lamont School District, parents received trainings on their rights, the disciplinary process, and basic information about school funding under LCFF.

To read the full story click on this link EDUCATION 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Manuela Ortega, is a Spanish-speaking, immigrant. She has been a member of the Lamont Vecinos Unidos group since its start in 2004. She has three children in the Lamont School District. She has served on school committees advising the Lamont School Board on English Learners. Through training and advocacy, she knows her rights. She is not afraid to address the board of Trustees, and has done so on many occasions, regarding the needs of English language learners in the Lamont School District. Her youngest son, Baltazar Ortega, began having difficulties in school. He was lacking motivation and manifesting behavioral issues. As an informed and empowered parent, with the skills and confidence necessary to navigate the educational system, she made sure her son received speech classes and glasses. His self-esteem and grades improved. Through grassroots organizing, proactive leadership, continual engagement, and sense of responsibility is cultivated and strengthened.

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The DHF Vecinos Unidos celebrated after graduating from a Compreshensive Parent Training Program. Instructor Martha Elias provided families with the valuable tools needed to navigate the educational system and advocate for the best possible educational experience for their children. They learned Strategies for Authentic Parent Engagement, Understanding and Getting Involved in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and more.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • Through a regional collaboration under Cultiva la Salud, organizing and outreach efforts by Yesenia Ocampo and Elizabeth Martinez, Health Policy Organizers of the DHF have inspired a determined group of Arvin residents to drive healthy change for over 20,000 residents.
  • Over 100 residents are taking leadership roles and working with city and school leaders to advocate for improved infrastructure to provide: access to healthful foods in their neighborhoods and schools, safety measures on roads and sidewalks for better walkability, safer routes to school, increased park space, improvements to existing park space, and creation of safer environments that encourage walking and biking.
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In October the Walking and Biking Safety Committee held their first ever Cumbia Bike Ride a well-attended event that encouraged the community to have fun with movement and music, and helped raise awareness about bicycle infrastructure needs in Arvin.

  • Organizing efforts led by DHF Organizer, Irlanda Ramirez, have encouraged community members in Woodlake and Lindsay, rural farm worker towns in Tulare County, California to work to improve the health and well-being of children attending public schools, while also addressing health disparities caused by poverty and lack of access to healthy food.
  • Irlanda has trained Parents and youth in advocacy and are working to strengthen School Wellness Policies to include improved nutrition guidelines, increased physical activity during school hours, and safer routes to schools.

To read the full story click on this link HEALTH AND SAFETY 

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • DHF worked on the #Health4All campaign contributing to groundbreaking statewide legislation that allowed California to become the fifth state to allow undocumented children from low-income families to enroll in comprehensive health care.
  • DHF worked with partner California Calls to head voter outreach efforts in the Central Valley instrumental in passing Proposition 47, a much-needed and long-overdue criminal justice reform bill.
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In May, under the direction of Jess Contreras, Civic Engagement Coordinator, the DHF collaborated with local legal agencies and community organizations to host an Immigration Forum. Attendees were provided with information and free legal consultations regarding AB 60 Driver’s Licenses, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), and the U Visa for Victims of Crimes. Over 100 people attended.

  • DHF informed and mobilized the community when the Kern County Sheriff’s Department announced a plan to invite U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) into the Lerdo Jail in Bakersfield and made it clear that we will not tolerate law enforcement, charged with protecting public safety, facilitating deportation and the separation of families and harming the very communities they are tasked with keeping safe.
  • DHF participated in Immigrant Day joining hundreds of immigrants and advocates from across California in support of state proposals that advance immigrant integration and prosperity for all Californians.
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In July, DHF and supporters joined labor and civil rights activists in San Diego to protest the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) a powerful, well-funded corporate special interest front group in America at their annual conference – where corporate special interests and right-wing legislators come together to plot how to further undermine workers’ rights, environmental protections and basic fairness.

To read the full story click on this link CIVIC ENGAGEMENT 

LEGISLATION

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“I came to Sacramento to urge members of the Assembly to support SB 128, the End of Life Option Act. This bill will affirm a fundamental right for terminally ill and mentally competent patients to choose how their final days are lived. This is a basic civil rights issue offering a compassionate and dignified end-of-life choice that should be left between a patient and doctor.” – Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta publicly endorsed the End of Life Option Act (SB 128) and encouraged Latino legislators to vote for it. Several Latino legislators serve on the Assembly Health Committee, which voted on the bill in July.

To read the full story click on this link LEGISLATION