Come celebrate 2019’s big End Child Poverty California wins, and help us get the rest of the plan passed in 2020! Our families work hard every day. The time to end extreme child poverty is NOW. #EndChildPovertyCA
Join civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, Senator Holly Mitchell, and others. ALL our children deserve to be healthy, fed, and housed. We’re proud to announce that in collaboration with the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the primary sponsors of this event are our partners St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and Crystal Stairs.
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center (Rolland Curtis), 1060 Exposition Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90007
***This is a free event. Please register using the link below.***
Join Dolores Huerta Foundation Vecinos Unidos and Youth for the
Literacy Matters Lamont Community Forum
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
6 pm – 8 pm at the
David Head Center 10300 San Diego Street Lamont, CA 93241
We will highlight LITERACY as the basic building block of education and learn to work together to ensure that students are receiving the support they need, at home and in their schools, to improve in literacy.
The Dolores Huerta Foundation and Vecinos Unidos call all parents, students, teachers, and community members to join us in marching for educational justice.We must demand that the Kern High School district faithfully implement the agreed upon practices that will create a positive school environment and will improve academic outcomes for black and brown students
Six years ago, parents and students along with civil rights lawyers with support from community organizations like the Dolores Huerta Foundation, filed a lawsuit against the Kern High School District to force the district to end their discriminatory discipline practices that deprived black and brown students of their right to an education.
KHSD has failed to hire diverse teachers with only 3% black teachers, 17% latino, and 63% white.
While suspensions and expulsions have gone significantly down, students are being pushed into continuation schools at alarming rates. Continuation schools don’t have the same types of supports and services that comprehensive schools have.
Although African American students only make up 8% of the KHSD population, they have high rates of assistance at continuation schools. Example: Vista Continuation School has 14% African American students and only has a 36% graduation rate.
In 2018-19 At the continuation school Vista West, there were 21 Special education students, with only one special education teacher.
Bottom line: Black students continue to have disproportionate rates for voluntary transfers, involuntary transfers, and are still being suspended at 2-3 more times than their white peers.
The DHF counts on your support to continue the grassroots community organizing and leadership development that improves neighborhoods and transforms lives. This takes a huge amount of resources. Your donation helps continue our work and organize new communities.Your generous #GivingTuesday donations will strengthen our programs: making a real impact and transforming our communities.
Help with the costs of meals and childcare for trainings where parents gain the skills necessary to navigate the school system, challenge proven discriminatory discipline practices, and advocate for their children to ensure they receive the quality education all children deserve.
Your donation helps cover the rental costs for a hall where we hold community forums to educate the public on critical issues such as the census, Schools and Communities First, and candidate forums where elected officials are invited to hear directly from their constituents. DHF hosts these gatherings monthly in five rural communities: Arvin, Lamont, Woodlake, Lindsay, and Sanger.
Your generous gift contributes to the travel expenses for a group youth to participate in a statewide leadership development camping trip where they connect with other young “changemakers” and strategize, learning how to become their own powerful advocates in advancing youth rights and impacting local and state policies.
It would mean a great deal to me, and the communities we serve, if you could support our DHF #GivingTuesday Campaign.
Thank you for your continued commitment to ensuring that our communities have the skills and support they need to organize for equality and justice.
¡Sí Se Puede! Dolores Huerta President
P.S. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to show your support on social media after you make your donation and to encourage your community to do the same.
The Dolores Huerta Foundation, as part of the Kern Education Justice Collaborative, cordially invites you to attend the 1st ever Education Equity Summit in Bakersfield! The summit will bring parents, students, and teachers from across Kern County together to learn how to organize to dismantle the School-to- Prison Pipeline and about community efforts to advance health and racial equity in our schools.
Childcare, entertainment, and interpretation will be provided.
Guest Speakers – Tia Martinez, Executive Director Forward Change and Amir Whitaker, ACLU attorney & Researcher for UCLA Civil Rights Project
8:30 am Registration & Light Breakfast Summit Begins
9:15 amSummit Begins
1:00 pm Lunch and Entertainment
3:00 pm Closing
To register please contact: Cecilia Castro email@example.com 661.322.3033 ext 230
La fundación Dolores Huerta, como parte de la Colaborativa de Justicia Educativa en Kern, te invita a la primera Cumbre de Equidad Educativa en Bakersfield! La cumbre reunirá a padres, estudiantes y maestros de todo el condado de Kern para aprender cómo organizar para destruir el camino de la escuela a la cárcel y escuchar sobre los esfuerzos de la comunidad para promover la salud y la equidad racial en nuestras escuelas.
Con Presentadores Tia Martinez, Directora Ejecutiva de Forward Change y Amir Whitaker, ACLU abogado e investigador del Proyecto de Derechos Civiles de UCLA
Se proporcionará cuidado de niños, entretenimiento e interpretación.
8:30 am Registración y desayuno ligero
9:15 am Cumbre Comienza
1:00 pm Almuerzo y entretenimiento
3:00 pm Despedida
Para registrarse por favor de contactar a Cecilia Castro firstname.lastname@example.org 661.322.3033 ext 230
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!”
What are you up to this weekend, Los Angeles? Come to YOLA MEZCAL‘s YOLA DÍA this SUNDAY to soak up some sun and bask in the glow of feminist art, performances and opportunities for action.
Yola Dia will highlight inspiring women across different industries—featuring a unique lineup of female musicians, artists, chefs and activists. $1 from every ticket sold will benefit the Downtown Women’s Center, exclusively serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women.
Join Dolores Huerta Foundation, First and Always Melanin (FAAM) and Women’s March Kern County, Faith in the Valley with other local civil rights organizations and community members at a press conference to address the importance of creating policies that support education and mental health in order to combat violence and discrimination which disproportionately targets communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community.
Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Office
4100 Empire Dr #150
Bakersfield, CA 93309
In the aftermath of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California’s 23rd congressional district blamed the shootings on video games that “dehumanize individuals” and encourage violence. Research shows there is no correlation between video-game revenue and the number of violent gun deaths.* In fact, the U.S. is the third-leading country in video-game revenue per person, behind Japan and South Korea. Yet, the U.S. has more than four-times the amount of violent gun deaths than the other top nine countries in video-game revenue combined.
We believe the issue is not rooted in video-games but instead stems from white supremacy, racism, and lack of education touted by elected officials such as Rep. McCarthy and President Trump. We are calling on legislators to end gun violence and build safer communities by taking action to pass gun reform laws and implement policies that will save lives by banning assault weapons and requiring universal background checks.
* According to information cross-referencing data provided by both the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation and NewZoo there is no correlation between video-game revenue per person and the number of violent gun deaths per 100,000 people.
ORGANIZATIONS The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a 501 (c)3 organization whose mission is to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. The foundation organizes at the grassroots level developing natural leaders by establishing Vecinos Unidos (“United Neighbors”) chapters in Kern, Tulare, and Fresno county. We create leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, and civic engagement. Vecinos Unidos chapters work on policy advocacy in health and environment as well as education and youth development. Learn more about the Dolores Huerta Foundation at www.doloreshuerta.org.
Women’s March Kern County has oriented our mission of harnessing the power of diverse women and our communities toward creating transformative social change. We believe our diversity makes us stronger, and that working together sparks change. Women’s March Kern County is committed to pressing forward toward the vision of equity for all. We do not tolerate hate speech, bigotry, white supremacy, racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, homophobia, islamophobia, transphobia, or any other form of hatred and division.
First And Always Melanin (FAAM) is a grassroots organization set to unite people of indigenous Afrikan origin. We seek to preserve the life of black people in Bakersfield, CA through activism, holistic health, knowledge of self, unity, cooperative sustainable economics, education, and by implementing programs that improve the community’s quality of life. Our main goal is to rebuild the black familial structure and to restore self-love among people of the indigenous Afrikan diaspora.
Faith in the Valley is a new city-, county- and Valley-wide organizing effort comprised of five multiracial, multi-faith PICO federations that are consolidating into one regional organization, building on their work over the past 15 years in five counties: Fresno, Merced, Kern, Stanislaus and San Joaquin. As an anchor member of PICO California, our mission is to unlock the power of people to put faith into action in the public square, and to advance a movement for racial justice and health equity. We seek to build relational power, lift up a new narrative about the lives of people of color, and drive civic engagement efforts that move our community priorities forward. The following are our core campaigns.
Join us for the opening of an incredible exhibit that tells the story that helped define the American experience: the farm workers labor movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The show draws on extensive Smithsonian curatorial research about legendary activist Dolores Huerta.
Huerta will be present as we celebrate her and her efforts in shaping the American experience. Enjoy a glass of wine and light appetizers as you explore the exhibition and listen to a special music & poetry tribute to Dolores.
Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos tells one of the compelling stories that helped define the American experience—the farm workers labor movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The show draws on extensive Smithsonian curatorial research about legendary activist Dolores Huerta (b.1930).
This exhibition explores Huerta’s public life as an activist, and also examines her life as a teacher, mother, communicator, organizer, lobbyist, and contract negotiator. The show reveals the multi-ethnic aspects of the labor movement story, including the important participation of Filipinos and African Americans.
The farm workers movement of the 1960s and 1970s advanced the cause of laborers, many of whom were Mexican American and who had been working and living in dire conditions. Its charismatic leader, César Chávez, has rightfully earned a place in American history. The exhibition will broaden the understanding of this movement through a careful look at the under-acknowledged contributions of Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the union, lobbyist, and contract negotiator on its behalf.
This exhibition features bilingual text (English-Spanish), reproductions of historic and personal photographs and documents, along with protest art from the farm workers’ movement.
DOWNLOAD THE DOLORES HUERTA APP
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) is proud to share the Dolores Huerta bilingual mobile app, designed to accompany the traveling exhibition Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos. It features 16 videos of Dolores Huerta discussing her lifetime of fighting for the rights of farm workers.
To enhance your visit to this exhibition, we suggest visitors download the app before arriving to the museum. Guests can download the free app for IOS and Android. Search “Dolores Huerta” in the app store or on Google Play for Android.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DOLORES
Explore our YouTube playlist to learn more about legendary Latina activist Dolores Huerta.
Image Caption: Top right: Dolores Huerta leads supporters of the United Farm Workers (UFW) in an unidentified march, early 1970s. Unidentified photographer. Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Every ten years, after the federal census, California must re-establish the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population data and shifting populations. The Voters FIRST Act gave this power to California citizens ensuring that new and fair political boundaries are drawn without special interests, politics and political influence.
This is your chance to become a part of creating fair and transparent district boundaries that serve the best interests of the people of California. You can help ensure fair representation for all Californians and make sure your community’s voice is heard. If you have a passion for civic engagement, apply to become one of 14 new 2020 commissioners.
California citizens who are eligible may submit an online application to the California State Auditor’s Office during the initial 60-day application period from June 10, 2019, to August 9, 2019.
According to the California State Auditor, of the 6,700 initial applications submitted as of July 22, 2019, here is a breakdown by gender, ethnicity and region.
Will you and your community be fairly represented?
DHF is proud to announce that on Saturday, July 13th, Vecinos Unidos parents will be convening, for the first time, with parents from across the state as part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign CA network.
Parent leaders will convene for an opportunity to gain an understanding of how to create goals that will support the statewide mission to end the school to prison pipeline. Parents will share knowledge on how to organize as agents for change, showing solidarity between the Latinx and African American communities.
The Dolores Huerta Foundation is looking for volunteers for Voter Registration and to gather signatures for the Schools and Communities First Campaign to close California’s commercial property tax loophole and invest more than $68 million our local communities.
Voters in California have the chance to join together and make sure that by having everyone contribute their fair share, we can have the schools & community services all our families need to thrive.
We’re joining together, going all in for all of us, to stop big corporations from cheating our communities while they rake in record profits.
WALK AND PHONE BANKS HAPPENING
Saturday 6/22 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday 6/29 10 am – 2 pm
Volunteer shifts are 3-4 hours long. Volunteers are welcome to do more than one shift
Meet at the Brower Building, 1527 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 in the 4th Floor Conference Room
For more information, contact DHF Civic Engagement Coordinators Jess Contreras at (661) 421-3424, email@example.com or Eliana Honeycutt at (661) 527-3898, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re not available on the weekend, there are many other opportunities available.
Join the DHF in promoting CIVIC ENGAGEMENT and STRENGTHENING OUR DEMOCRACY! With your participation, we could have a tremendous impact that would lead to better schools and healthier neighborhoods. Make a difference in your community by registering and educating voters!
Please join the DHF Youth (Youth and Family Civic Engagement Initiative) as they will be presenting their recommendations to the Kern High School District in efforts to improve their schools and educational outcomes for English Language Learners, Low income students, and foster youth.
KERN EDUCATION JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A PUBLIC HEARING
Monday, June 3, 2019 7-9 pm
at the KHSD Board Room 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309
Share YOUR voice in how Kern High School District spends our money! Join parents, community members, and students to amplify our collective voice in the KHSD. We need our schools to succeed!
More Counselors! Less Expulsions! More Nurses! Less Suspensions!
For more information contact: DHF Education Policy Director, Cecilia Castro 661-428-1258
COLABORATIVA DE EDUCACIÓN JUSTA KERN TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UNA AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA
lunes 3 de junio de 2019 7-9 pm
en la Sala de Consejo de KHSD ubicado en 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309
Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!
Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar de la Preparatoria de Kern usa nuestro dinero. Acompañe a padres, miembros de la comunidad y estudiantes del distrito escolar para compartir sus recomendaciónes para mejorar el distrito.
¡La educación importa!
Para más información contacte a: DHF Directora de Política Educativa, Cecilia Castro 661-428-1258
On Thursday May 2, 2019 at 6 p.m., the City of Arvin in collaboration with the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the LGC, Alta Planning, and community members will hold outreach events at the Arvin Veteran’s Hall (at 4th and A Street) to seek public comments and participation for Arvin’s Safe Routes to School Plan.
The City aims to increase the safety of active transportation by engaging the schools, parents, students and community resident’s awareness and creating a collaborative plan to keep students safe as they walk, bike, and skateboard to school. The meetings will be held in Spanish and English, and childcare and refreshments will be provided.
ARVIN NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A TOWN HALL
Wednesday April 24, 2019 6-8
at the Veteran’s Hall 414 4th St. Arvin, CA 93203
Let AUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!
Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Arvin Unified School District is spending our money! Join parents, community activists, and school representatives to talk about what we need to make our schools succeed!
Raffle Prizes. Food. Music!
For more information contact: Timoteo Prado 661-669-6597
VECINOS UNIDOS de ARVIN TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UNFORO COMUNITARIO
Miércoles 24 de abril 2019 6-8 pm
en el salon de los Veteranos ubicado en 414 4th St Arvin, CA 93203
AUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!
Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Arvin está usando nuestro dinero. Acompañe a padres, líderes activistas, y representantes del distrito escolar para hablar sobre qué se necesita para que nuestro distrito sea el mejor!
Habrá comida, música y rifas.
Para más información contacte a: Timoteo Prado 661-669-6597
WOODLAKE NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A
Friday, April 26, 2019 5:30-7:30 pm
Woodlake Veteran’s Hall 335 N Acacia Woodlake, CA 93286
Let WUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!
Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Woodlake Unified School District is spending our money! Join parents, community activists, and school representatives to talk about what we need to make our schools succeed!
Raffle Prizes. Food. Music!
For more information contact: Irlanda Ramirez 559-553-5713
VECINOS UNIDOS de SANGER TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UN
Viernes 26 de abril 2019 5:30-7:30 pm
Woodlake Veteran’s Hall 335 N Acacia Woodlake, CA 93286
WUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!
Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Woodlake está usando nuestro dinero. Acompañe a padres, líderes activistas, y representantes del distrito escolar para hablar sobre qué se necesita para que nuestro distrito sea el mejor!
Habrá comida, música y rifas.
Para más información contacte a: Irlanda Ramirez 559-553-5713