James Garrison is president of Pacific Federal, LLC (PacFed) in Glendale.
Founded by Garrison in 1977, PacFed was acquired by Zenith American in 2017.
One of the nation’s largest employee benefit administrators, Zenith American provides health & retirement administration solutions to approximately 2-million families from over 45 Zenith-locations across the US. Jim has worked continuously in the health insurance industry for more than 40 years.
Among his many professional endeavors, Jim serves on the executive board of directors for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and as co-chair of its Health Care Council. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, El Proyecto del Barrio and Music Fund of Los Angeles, and chairman of the Development Council for Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles. He is a past member of the California Electoral College and the California Democratic Party Finance Council.
Jim has been the recipient of the Boys and Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley Golden Hands Award, Teamsters National Hispanic Caucus Community Award, Dolores Huerta Foundation Richard Chavez Memorial Award, Farmworker Justice Corporate and Social Responsibility Award, San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award and Southern California Chapter of the Teamsters National Black Caucus Excellence in Leadership Award.
PacFed was inducted into the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA), San Fernando Valley Business Hall of Fame in June 2019. Each year since 2016, Jim has been named among the San Fernando Valley’s most influential 200 business leaders by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
Garrison and his wife Rachel reside in Glendale, CA and have four grown children and eight grandchildren. They are past recipients of the March of Dimes Premiere Parents Award. One of their shared passions is making Chicano artwork accessible to Angelenos through their support of local artists and public exhibitions. Rachel and Jim enjoy boating and skiing.
"Today’s three guilty verdicts of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd offer us hope that change is possible. While we breathe a collective sigh of relief, the solutions our communities need must be based in collective action and policy. Transformational...
Erica Talavera is a parent leader from Parlier. She is a mother of two, an eight month year old and a teenager. She was recruited into the local Vecinos Unidos Education Committee in 2019. When Eric first began attending meetings with her newborn, she seemed shy and...
2021 is here! It is incumbent upon us to take the hard lessons we learned in 2020 and create meaningful and critical organizing opportunities. Now more than ever we are compelled to educate folks on the fundamentals of democracy and stress the importance of strong and...
Three years ago the Parlier Vecinos Unidos® Chapter families began discussing issues they had with solar panels installed on their homes. Homeowners were being charged fees for contracts to loans they never signed. In some cases the newly installed solar panels were...
On February 18th, 2021 the DHF Education Team hosted a regional call with 33 Vecino UnidosⓇ leaders. They discussed the importance of promoting legislation which was passed in California stating that “On [or around] Dolores Huerta Day [April 10th], all public schools...
DHF encourages community members who are behind more than $500 and up to $1000 in their utility bills to access relief programs through their utility company or contact the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group (DACAG) at www.cpuc.ca.gov/dacag.
Please contact your elected officials and tell them to “Support SB 757!” to establish a solar panel consumer protection and restitution fund Go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/. If you are a victim of poor or fraudulent solar panel installation by contractors...
Camila Chavez is Executive Director and co-founder (with her mother Dolores Huerta) of the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). Her excellent leadership style has earned her the respect and admiration of her staff and colleagues. She is often referred to as “the best boss...
The Dolores Huerta Foundation is co-sponsoring a solar panel consumer protection and restitution fund, with Senator Monique Limón who represents the 19th Senate District (Santa Barbara and parts of Ventura Counties). Senate Bill 757 introduced on February 19, 2021,...
Every ten years, following the Census, governments from Federal and State Legislature to local governments are obligated to modify their districts to ensure equitable representation of the population on decision-making bodies such as the Board of Supervisors, City...
“Just go for it,” is the motto that Anna Hun uses to describe what moved her from being a shy freshman at Duncan Polytechnical High School, to an engaged leader in her community. Anna credits much of her growth to the school’s ROTC and the Dolores Huerta Foundation....
Join Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for their first virtual Capital Dinner as they honor some incredible leaders among our communities including Dolores Huerta & Rhodesia Ransom. RSVP here: bit.ly/31bVhRT When: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 PMEvent link will be...
On #JoltVOCES, Jolt’s Antonio Arellano chats with @DoloresHuerta about about the possibility to end racism & discrimination against immigrants in America & instead celebrate their significant contributions. Listen NOW at www.jolttx.org/voces Voces is a...
Join activists across the nation to take part in the John Lewis Mobilization Town Hall to bring awareness to the John Lewis Voting Rights Day of Action which aims to protect and preserve democracy. Join the event on April 14th at 7 pm ET at this link:...
Learn about the school district budget known as the LCAP. Create & share recommendations to your school board for the upcoming school year for better student support on your campus! Contact to register: Lourdes "LULU" Oliva - (559) 343-6721 Ashley De La Rosa -...
We invite you to our 11thAnnual Dolores Huerta Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic on Friday, October 9, 2015 at River Lakes Ranch in Bakersfield, California. Please join us as a golfer, sponsor, and/ or donor for this terrific annual event. You can assist the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) by donating items for our raffle and golf prizes. Donations of golf equipment, gift certificates, and promotional items with your company logo are welcome.
DHF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your contributions are tax-deductible (DHF Tax ID# 91-2145992). DHF works to improve local schools by training student and parent leaders to engage in local and statewide advocacy, develops grassroots leaders, and organizes community networks. We are organizing in seven communities and continue to grow thanks to the support and buy-in of community leaders like you! We look forward to your participation in this year’s Celebrity Golf Classic. For more information please contact Richard at 661-322-3033 and/or email us at email@example.com. You can register and pay online through our website.
We hope to see you out on the greens, and we look forward to another great tournament!
An important day is fast approaching. December 12 is the last day of this legislative session in which an immigration bill with a path to citizenship could pass the House of Representatives to go into conference with the bill that passed the Senate last year (S.744). It’s a day that highlights the inaction of the Republican party and on top of that they are trying to take our 6 million DAPA/DACA win by suing the president and passing nonsense bills to play a political game. We have to protect what we have won so we can build on that. Also, December 12 is an important day to much of our community since it is Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe.
The Kern Coalition for Citizenship will be having a procession from Jastro Park (10:00am) to McCarthy’s office where we will have a press conference (12:00) and leave red and white roses for McCarthy that symbolize the pain and hope that is felt in our community.
Please join us this coming Friday for this important community action.
From Aljazeera America: “In an exclusive interview this week with The Stream ranging from the latest “Cesar Chavez” movie to issues impacting Latinos in the United States, prominent labor rights activist Dolores Huerta said that getting U.S. Latinos to express their political power through voting is the biggest challenge facing one of the country’s fastest-growing and most populous minority groups.
“We have many people who are comfortable to vote but just don’t vote,” Huerta said on the phone from her office in Bakersfield, Calif.
Her comments come at a time when voter turnout for eligible Latinos has declined, according to Pew. Although a record number of Latinos – an estimated 11.2 million – voted in the 2012 national elections, turnout was at 48%. This is a drop from 2008, when an estimated 49.9% of eligible Latinos voted. In contrast, the 2012 turnout rate for blacks was 66.6% and 64.1% for whites.
Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) in 1962 with Cesar Chavez and now heads up the Dolores Huerta Foundation, believes that the lack of political interest has to do with how little value Latinos place in voting. Such revelations are important, she says, given that bills surrounding comprehensive immigration reform — strongly favored by Latino voters — still languish in Congress.”
Please join our campaign to increase our number of sustaining monthly donors to 84 in celebration of Dolores Huerta’s 84th Birthday!
Just 84 supporters, making a tax deductible donation of $20 a month, would contribute $20,000 a year to the DHF!
These valuable resources help us organize for social justice, create networks of communities that prosper by engaging all members in the democratic process, and develop leaders who are advocating for sustainable policies and systems changes.
This is what a few of our current monthly donors have to say…
“If we want social change, we need to invest our time and resources. I have been a monthly donor with the Dolores Huerta Foundation because I believe they are an effective organization that is yielding results”. – David Arizmendi, STC Assistant Professor, Sociology
“I am proud to contribute with an automatic monthly deduction. I know this is one small contribution I can make towards sustaining the efforts of an organization that is principled and effective, and whose influence will be felt for years to come in the lives of the people who will be transformed by these experiences. ¡Sí se puede!” – Wendy Greenfield, Bilingual Educator and Activist
In this official White House video, Dolores discusses her work and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
2011 Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta is a civil rights, workers, and women’s advocate. With Cesar Chavez, she co-founded the National Farmworkers Association in 1962, which later became the United Farm Workers of America. Huerta has served as a community activist and a political organizer, and was influential in securing the passage of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, and disability insurance for farmworkers in California. In 2002, she founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing community organizers and national leaders. In 1998, President Clinton awarded her the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights.
On Thursday, January 23, 2014 the Department of Homeland Security announced a decision to halt its troubling practice of arresting individuals at Kern County courthouses. “Stopping arrests in Kern County Courthouses a first step to start respecting the immigrant residents of this county who make up the majority of the worker base of this economy,” said Dolores Huerta.
In October, the ACLU called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to put an end to the sweeps through Kern County’s courthouses that led to the arrests of immigrants who were merely getting married, paying fines, or seeking domestic violence restraining orders. The Dolores Huerta Foundation and other community leaders from Kern Coalition for Citizenship protested to stop this dangerous policy of removing “safe zones” for undocumented immigrants who are attempting to comply with local laws.
We are asking The Department of Homeland Security to apply the Kern County policy nationwide and order all DHS personnel to refrain from conducting immigration enforcement actions on courthouse grounds. People go to courts to participate in important legal matters. People need to access the courts, without risking deportation. This is a matter of public safety, victim protection, and equal justice.
The MLK Living Legacy Celebration continues with a keynote address by Dolores Huerta at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom.
Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with César Chávez, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association. That organization later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers’, immigrants’ and women’s rights.
At the keynote event, Boise State University Symphonic Winds will present the regional premier of “Homage to the Dream,” a new concert piece written by Mark Camphouse commemorating the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech delivered Aug. 28, 1963. by Dr. Martin Luther King. The Symphonic Winds are conducted by Marcellus Brown.
On December 3, Dolores fasted in solidarity and joined “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship,” taking place on the National Mall, steps away from the Capitol. Leaders and immigrant members of the community have been fasting fast every day and night, abstaining from all food—except water—to move the hearts and compassion of members of Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
The fast in Washington, DC is being held in conjunction with dozens of local and solidarity fasts, events, and actions already underway in key congressional districts across the country. Fasters will be joined nationwide by groups and activists who are prepared to make sacrifices for the passage of immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
Bakersfield Citizens Launch ‘11 Days for 11 Million: A Vigil to Vote’ to Press Kevin McCarthy to Act Now on HR-15: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
Camila Chavez, Executive Director of the DHF, and constituent of Republican Whip, Kevin McCarthy sent the congressman a strong message…Don’t DUCK AND HIDE! Face your constituents. We want our congress representatives to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship, NOW. We want our congress to pass HR 15 just the way it is written and proposed.
On November 20, our coalition successfully organized a 24 hour fast in front of Liberty Bell. There were 13 Fasters, all local, and all McCarthy’s constituents, who sacrificed food for 24 hours to demonstrate to the community that we will do whatever it takes to get immigration reform passed.
The 13 Fasters came together to write and deliver a letter to McCarthy, and were dismayed by his office reactions upon arriving. McCarthy’s office latterly ran to lock the door, turned off the lights and ducked to the ground and crawled around on their knees to avoid these fasters, to avoid these constituents.
Lori DeLeon and Juana Chavez of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, in association with 11 other courageous women from the UFW, CHIRLA, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, the Kern Coalition for Citizenship, the CA Table and We Belong Together, participated in a protest at Republican Whip, Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office yesterday. (more…)
An open driveway led to a dusty front yard and white tire swing with the word “Dream” scrawled on it hung from a tree.
“It’s exciting, especially when you find someone who’s uninsured and they realize they could actually get coverage.”
— Karla Zonbro, field director for California Calls
Canvassers Amando Gayosso and Peter Villa strode toward the east Bakersfield home, ready to launch into their spiel about the Affordable Care Act.
But a few steps into the yard, one dog appeared. Then another. Then another.
One hound, a beefy unrestrained rottweiler, kicked up dust as it charged and barked at the two young men.
But Villa and Gayosso remained calm, moseyed down the driveway and back onto the road. They knew that the yards of Bakersfield can be inhospitable.
For the last week, Villa and Gayosso have braved dogs, slammed doors and sprinklers as they tried to chat with voters about one of the country’s most divisive laws.
They hope to set the record straight on what the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as “Obamacare,” means for people and to encourage folks who are eligible for new insurance options to sign up.
The two canvassers are part of a network of about 300 paid workers and about 700 volunteers staffing a statewide campaign to spread information about the Affordable Care Act.
The four-week outreach effort is coordinated by the group California Calls through local partner organizations in 12 counties ranging from San Diego in the south to San Francisco in the north.
Millions of Californians and tens of thousands of Kern County residents are predicted to gain access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but outreach workers said they are up against a lot of misinformation about the health care reform law. For example, Karla Zombro, field director for California Calls, said some people don’t know that California is expanding its Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, so more people are eligible to enroll.
The campaign is a great way to have a direct conversation with people and answer their questions, she said.
“It’s exciting, especially when you find someone who’s uninsured and they realize they could actually get coverage,” she said.
In Kern County, California Calls teamed up with the Dolores Huerta Foundation to reach voters through phone banking and door-to-door visits. They had already reached 5,440 residents as of Friday.
On Saturday morning, Villa and Gayosso added to the tally as they trolled Rosewood Avenue, Royal Way and Fillmore Avenue. Villa, 23, and Gayosso, 19, tapped gates with their keys to draw people out of houses with fenced yards. They repeatedly pressed doorbells and rapped on doors with no answer in return.
Still, they said it’s exciting and important work. Villa is glad that people who are sick will no longer be denied insurance because of their conditions. Gayosso knows what it’s like to go without health care coverage and how good it felt when he finally got insurance.
“We usually (talk to) people who already have insurance, but they do support (the Affordable Care Act)” for people who don’t have insurance, Villa said. If people are interested in signing up for insurance, Villa said the canvassers give them several entities to contact for more information, including Covered California, the state-run health benefit’s exchange, and local health care nonprofit Clinica Sierra Vista.
On this particular warm morning, the pair stopped by about 20 houses, but were only able to speak with people at about seven homes. For the people willing to answer a few questions, Villa and Gayosso told them a bit about the law and asked if they support it.
One resident of the neighborhood they canvassed said she appreciated what Villa and Gayosso were doing, though she already has insurance. Standing just inside her front door, Juana Valdenegro, 29, said she has Medi-Cal and so does the rest of her family. Valdenegro, who has six children and is self-employed as a tree trimmer, said she has heard that people will be required to have insurance under the new law.
“It’s good” that Villa and Gayosso were going door to door, she said, because they were helping people understand what the law is about. No one would like to have their job because you don’t know how rude people might be, she laughed.
The two men won’t be standing up to yapping canines and locked gates much longer.
The four-week statewide campaign concludes Sunday and organizers were confident that they would surpass their goal of contacting 100,000 people. The outreach efforts had already reached more than 99,000 voters as of Friday.
Sunday November 10, 2013 – 9:00 am PST to 2:00 pm PST
Location: Obamacare Grassroots Campaign Headquarters
Address: 1527 19th Street
2nd Floor Conference Room
The Dolores Huerta Foundation, in partnership with California Calls, is launching a 3 week campaign promoting Obamacare. We are targeting Kern County Voters to encourage enrollment and educate the community about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. We are also providing resources and information on how to enroll in public and private insurance.
Please join us in going door-to-door to inform the community about access to affordable, quality health insurance coverage.
Against Our Own Best Interests – Press Event
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office
800 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301
Bring Flags, Banners, and Posters
The Kern Coalition for Citizenship and The American Civil Liberties Union are bringing people from the community to talk about how denying justice to a large segment of our population creates an unsafe community for us all. Speakers will tell personal stories about broken families that were working hard within the system to obtain full compliance with our broken immigration system. (more…)