Call to Action: Join DHF in Community Outreach, Sat. Feb. 29, 9:30am

Call to Action: Join DHF in Community Outreach, Sat. Feb. 29, 9:30am

Join DHF in raising awareness of CENSUS 2020, the March Primary Elections, and the importance of tax-equity/investing in our neighborhoods.

Saturday, February 29th, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

BAKERSFIELD- Brower Building, 1527 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301, Suite 422. For more information contact, Eliana Jimenez Honeycutt, Civic Engagement Coordinator, (661) 322-3033 ext. 504, ehoneycutt@doloreshuerta.org

TULARE – DHF Office, 197 N. K St, Tulare, CA 93274. For more information contact Angel Ruiz, Civic Engagement Coordinator-Tulare, (818) 209-7268, aruiz@doloreshuerta.org

FRESNO – Sanger DHF Office, 1446 7th Street, Sanger, CA 93657. For more information contact Dayana Lopez- Fresno Organizer, (559) 328-9635, dlopez@doloreshuerta.org

Please remember to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Consider a hat as protection from the sun. Water and lunch will be provided.

RSVP at this link COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND AWARENESS

Or, feel free to just show up!

March for Educational Justice, Thurs. 1/30, 5:30pm

March for Educational Justice, Thurs. 1/30, 5:30pm

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

.March for Educational Justice
Thursday, January 30th at 5:30 pm 
Meeting at Ross

3761 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309 
Marching to West High School
1200 New Stine Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93309 
Click this link to share Facebook invite to march.

6:30 pm Press Conference at West High School
7:00pm KHSD FINAL Community Forum * As mandated by the lawsuit settlement KHSD is required to provide a progress report to the community.

Are you a Kern High School District parent or student? We want to hear from you! Please click on the links to fill out this quick survey and tell us about your experience in your school! 

YOUTH SURVEY

PARENTS/GUARDIANS SURVEY 

 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.

For more info please follow us
Instagram  @KernEducationJusticeCollab
Facebook.com/KernEducationJusticeCollaborative

URGENT COMMUNITY ACTION IS CRITICAL

  • 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. 

Census 2020 Town Halls

Census 2020 Town Halls

The DHF’s #BeDownWithTheCount Campaign will educate hard-to-count communities about the financial and political benefits of being counted. Therefore, Dolores Huerta Foundation invites YOU to join us for our Census 2020 Town Halls during the month of January!

Childcare, Food & Translation will be provided.

Claim YOUR power!
Find out how YOUR count matters in the 2020 Census and about how $20,000 can help our neighborhood build schools, health centers, and housing!

Everyone COUNTS!
Everyone of us must ensure we get counted. The Census counts each living person. Your “count” helps schools, housing and healthcare over 10 years!

Fair Representation!
By participating, our data will represent our political power in Congress and State Legislature.

Confidentiality!
You are protected. Your responses cannot be used against you or anyone in your household. It is against the law!

How It BENEFITS our community:
Build Schools, Health Centers & Hospitals.
Funds Housing, Roads & Community Programs.
Creates JOBS!

Find a Census 2020 Town Hall near YOU!

  • Caruthers, California: January 8th, 2019 at Caruthers District Fair, 13599 S. Raider Ave. 93609 For more information: Maria Galvan – (559) 864-2040
  • Lindsay, California: January 14, 2020 at 755 N Elmwood Ave, Lindsay, CA 93247, United States Organizer: Pam Whalen (559) 994-9390
  • Fresno, California: January 16, 2020 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Ave. 93710 Organizer: Dayana Lopez – (559) 328-9635
  • Parlier, California: January 18, 2020 at Parlier Junior High School, 1200 E. Parlier Ave. 93648 Organizer: Lourdes Medina – (559) 908-4692
  • Woodlake, California: January 21, 2020 at Woodlake Veterans Memorial, 355 Acacia St, 93286 Organizer: Pam Whalen – (559) 994-9390
  • Sanger, California: January 23, 2020 at DHF Sanger Office, 1446 7th St. Sanger, CA 93657 Organizer: Lourdes Medina – (559) 908-4692

For more information: Pam Whalen (559) 994-9390 or pwhalen@doloreshuerta.org

Call to Action: !Si Se Puede! on #GivingTuesday

Call to Action: !Si Se Puede! on #GivingTuesday

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.

Disarm Hate! Press Conference to Object to  Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Response to Recent Mass Shootings, 8/8/19, 10:30 am

Disarm Hate! Press Conference to Object to Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Response to Recent Mass Shootings, 8/8/19, 10:30 am

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

10:30 am

 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.

Opportunity of a Decade! Apply for the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission – DEADLINE 8/9/19

Opportunity of a Decade! Apply for the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission – DEADLINE 8/9/19

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?

Be a part of the process to draw fair district lines that best reflect the interests of the people, apply NOW to become one of 14 new 2020 commissioners. The deadline to apply is August 9, 2019!


Schools and Communities First Core Leader Training, Sat. 7/27, 10am

Schools and Communities First Core Leader Training, Sat. 7/27, 10am

Join leaders from the Schools and Communities First Coalition and become a catalyst for our grassroots movement. Join members from our broad coalition to learn and discuss: 

  • How we are Making History: What Schools and Communities First is and why it’s needed? 
  • From Organizational Endorsements to the Dinner Table: Tips and Techniques

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

10 am – 3pm

SEIU 1001 17th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 

RSVP: Core Leader Training

Lunch will be provided. 

For more information contact Jess Contreras,
DHF Civic Engagement Coordinato
r, ycontreras@doloreshuerta.org
(661) 322-3033 EXT: 1204

Please visit – www.schoolsandcommunitiesfirst.org

Join our movement by texting “Our Future” to 97779

Dignity in Schools Campaign CA First Statewide Parent Exchange, Sat. 7/13/19

Dignity in Schools Campaign CA First Statewide Parent Exchange, Sat. 7/13/19

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.

#EndSchoolPushout #DSCParentExchange #MeToWe

For updates on this parent exchange, and to learn how to get involved, visit Dignity in Schools California on Facebook.

Calling All Civic Engagement Foot Soldiers! Sat. 6/22, 6/29

Calling All Civic Engagement Foot Soldiers! Sat. 6/22, 6/29

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, ycontreras@doloreshuerta.org or Eliana Honeycutt at (661) 527-3898, ehoneycutt@doloreshuerta.org

If you’re not available on the weekend, there are many other opportunities available.

Please sign up using the following Google Form link. Community service hours available. CIVIC ENGAGEMENT VOLUNTEER SIGN UP.

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!

Meals and training provided.

Arvin Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24/19, 6pm

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

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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 LCAP Town Hall, 4/26/19, 5:30pm

Woodlake LCAP Town Hall, 4/26/19, 5:30pm

WOODLAKE NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A

TOWN HALL

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

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VECINOS UNIDOS de SANGER TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UN

FORO COMUNITARIO

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

Woodlake LCAP Town Hall, 4/26/19, 5:30pm

Education Justice Town Halls Coming in April to Kern, Fresno, and Tulare Counties!

Let your local school district know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how your school district is spending our money! Join parents, community activists, and school representatives to talk about what we need to make our schools succeed!

For more information contact: Timoteo Prado 661-669-6597


Hazle saber a tu distrito escolar local que queremos … ¡Más consejeros! ¡Más enfermeras! Menos suspensiones! ¡Menos expulsiones!

¡Descubra cómo USTED tiene una voz en cómo su distrito escolar está gastando nuestro dinero! ¡Únase a padres, activistas comunitarios y representantes escolares para hablar sobre lo que necesitamos para que nuestras escuelas tengan éxito!

Para mayor información contactar a: Timoteo Prado 661-669-6597.


Lamont Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/16/19, 6pm

Lindsay Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24, 5:30pm

Arvin Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24/19, 6pm

California City EducationLCAP Town Hall, 4/24/19, 6pm

Sanger EducationLCAP Town Hall, 4/25/19, 6pm

Woodlake Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/26/19, 5:30pm

Parlier Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/30/19, 6pm

Sanger Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/25/19, 6pm

Sanger Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/25/19, 6pm

SANGER NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A

TOWN HALL

Thursday, April 25, 2019 6-8 pm

DHF Hall, 1446 7th Street Sanger, CA 93657

Let SUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Sanger 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: Lourdes Oliva 559-908-4692

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VECINOS UNIDOS de SANGER TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UN

FORO COMUNITARIO

Jueves 25 de abril 2019 6-8 pm

En el Salon de DHF, 1446 7th Street Sanger, CA 93657

SUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Sanger 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: Lourdes Oliva 559-908-4692

Parlier Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/30/19, 6pm

PARLIER NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A TOWN HALL

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 6-8 pm

Parlier Senior Center, 690 Newmark Ave. Parlier, CA 93648

Let PUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Parlier 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: Lourdes Oliva 559-908-4692

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VECINOS UNIDOS de PARLIER TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UNFORO COMUNITARIO

Martes 30 de abril 2019 6-8 pm

En el Parlier Senior Center, 690 Newmark Ave. Parlier, CA 93648

PUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Parlier 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: Lourdes Oliva 559-908-4692

Lindsay Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24, 5:30pm

Lindsay Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24, 5:30pm

LINDSAY NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A

TOWN HALL

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:30-7:30 pm

at the Strathmore Memorial Hall, 775 N Elmwood Lindsay, CA 93247

Let LUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Lindsay 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

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VECINOS UNIDOS de LINDSAY TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UN

FORO COMUNITARIO

Miercoles 24 de abril 2019 5:30-7:30 pm

at the Strathmore Memorial Hall, 775 N Elmwood Lindsay, CA 93247

LUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Lindsay 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

California City Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24/19, 6pm

California City Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24/19, 6pm

CALIFORNIA CITY NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A

TOWN HALL

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6-8 pm

at the American Legion Hall, 8108 Bay Ave., California City, 93505

Let MUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Mojave 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: Carol Watkins 661-759-6042

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VECINOS UNIDOS de CALIFORNIA CITY TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UN

FORO COMUNITARIO

Miercoles 24 de abril 2019 6-8 pm

En el American Legion Hall, 8108 Bay Ave., California City, 93505

MUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Mojave 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: Carol Watkins 661-759-6042

Call to Action: KHSD Community Forum 9/20/18, 7pm

Call to Action: KHSD Community Forum 9/20/18, 7pm

Your voice matters! Let’s ALL stand with ALL of our students!

Join us for the KHSD Community Forum

This is one of two opportunities for the community to ask the Kern High School District what it is doing regarding student suspensions and expulsions, to make sure students feel safe at school and hire and train diverse teachers who can manage a classroom and treat all students equally.

September 20, 2018 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

West High School Auditorium, 1200 New Stine Road in Bakersfield

Teleconference sites at:

Shafter High, 526 Mannel Ave in Shafter

Arvin High 900 Varsity Rd in Arvin

Kern Valley High, 3340 Erskine Creek Rd in Lake Isabella

Educating and caring for all students is one way to create a #HealthyKernCounty

For more information, please call Cecilia Castro ccastro@doloreshuerta.org | 661.322.3033 ext 230

¡Su voz importa! ¡Hay que apoyar a TODOS los estudiantes!

Acompañenos para una Junta comunitaria de KHSD

Es su oportunidad para preguntarle al distrito escolar que esta haciendo sobre las suspensiones y expulsiones, sobre que los estudiantes se sientan seguros en la escuela, y que el distrito contrate y capacite a maestros que reflejen la diversidad del alumnado y que los maestros traten a todos los estudiantes de manera igual.

20 de Septiembre del 2018 7:00 a 9:00 p.m.

Auditorio de West High School, 1200 New Stine Road in Bakersfield

Habra teleconferencias en 

Shafter High, 526 Mannel Ave in Shafter

Arvin High 900 Varsity Rd in Arvin

Kern Valley High, 3340 Erskine Creek Rd in Lake Isabella

Educando y cuidando a todos los estudiantes es una forma de crear un #HealthyKernCounty

Para más información, porfavor llame a Cecilia Castro ccastro@doloreshuerta.org | 661.322.3033 ext. 230

KERN HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT (KHSD) COMMUNITY FORUM FACT SHEET
SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 AT WEST HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM 7:00-9:00 PM

Why is this forum important?
Community members have the right to know about how KHSD is implementing discipline reform and to ensure they are providing progress reports with data. The District agreed to these steps to address the need to make sure all students are being treated equally and fairly.

About KHSD Lawsuit
A lawsuit was filed in 2014 by CRLA, GBLA, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (Maldef) and Equal Justice Society on behalf of DHF, FIA, NBA, and individual students and families, to eliminate the discriminatory suspension and expulsion policies at KHSD. The lawsuit showed that students of colors were being suspended and expelled at an alarming rate compared to their white peers.

Settlement Agreement KHSD must hold 2 community forums each school year to issue reports on:

  • Alternative discipline practices
  • School discipline rates
  • School climate survey results
  • Trainings for staff and teachers

KHSD has agreed to a 3 year training plan for teachers and staff (including security and police) on:

  • Cultural competence
  • Implicit bias, racial anxiety, stereotype threat
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • By the end of 2017-18 600 teachers, 400 classified staff, 125 school security officers, and 30 police officers were to be trained in PBIS & Uniform Complaint Procedures
  • 680 teachers in 8 sites were to receive training in classroom management.
  • KHSD has also agreed to recognize Black History Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month & hire ethnic staff.

Climate Survey Data 

Updates from SY 2016-17 to SY 2017-18

  • 20% of African Americans students reported they felt isolated/harassed at school within the last 60 days. (Compared to 14% of all students)
  • 19% of African Americans students reported feeling isolated/harassed at school because of their race, ethnicity, and/or nationality. (Compared to 8% of all students)
  • 25% of African American students reported an adult mistreated or disrespected them at school within the last 60 days (Compared to 16% of all students)
  • 10% of African American students felt unsafe because of their race, ethnicity, or, nationality (Compared to 3% for Hispanic 3% white students)

Based on KHSD 2016-17 Data African American (AA) Students are:

  • 19x more likely to be suspended
  • 2x as likely to be expelled
  • 4x likely to be voluntarily transferred 2x likely to be involuntarily transferred

Hiring Ethnic Teachers

  • In 2017-18 KHSD spent almost $1 million to recruit ethnic staff
  • KHSD did not meet their goal of hiring 2% ethnic teachers this year (Only hired 50 Hispanic teachers and 5 AA teachers)
  • 50% of hiring fairs were held in predominantly white cities

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
PBIS is a multi-tiered proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.

  • KHSD has been unclear about what support PBIS resources have been implemented
  • Examples of PBIS resources at other districts: art classes, student referrals to psychologists, program teaching prosocial behavior, on call support for teachers.
  • If PBIS is implemented correctly it can reduce aggressive behavior, reduce major disciplinary actions, improve school climate, reduce teacher turnover, and more!

For more information contact: Cecilia Castro, DHF Education Policy Director (661) 322-3033 ext. 230

Please follow www.facebook.com/KernEducationJusticeCollaborative to stay updated on the next KHSD community forum and more!

DISTRITO DE PREPARATORIAS DE KERN (KHSD) HOJA INFORMATIVA DEL FORO COMUNITARIO
20 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2018 EN EL AUDITORIO DE WEST HIGH SCHOOL 7:00-9:00 PM

¿Porque es importante este foro comunitario?
Los miembros de la comunidad tienen derecho a saber cómo KHSD está implementando una reforma de disciplina y garantizar que proporcionen informes de progreso con datos. El Distrito aceptó estos pasos para abordar la necesidad de asegurarse de que todos los estudiantes reciban un trato equitativo y justo.

Información de la demanda de KHSD
En 2014, CRLA, GBLA, el Fondo Mexicano Americano para la Defensa Legal y Educación (MALDEF) y la Sociedad de Igualdad y Justicia demandaron a KHSD de parte de DHF, FIA, NBA, y estudiantes y familias para eliminar las pólizas discriminatorias de KHSD de suspender y expulsar a los estudiantes. La demanda demostró que los estudiantes de color estaban siendo suspendidos y expulsados mucho más en comparación
con sus compañeros blancos.

Acuerdo de Solución
KHSD tiene que tener 2 foros comunitarios cada año escolar para reportar sobre:

  • Métodos alternativos de disciplina
  • Tasas de disciplina escolar
  •  Resultados de la encuesta de ambiente escolar
  • Entrenamiento para maestros y empleados

KHSD tiene un plan de entrenamiento durante 3 años para maestros y personal (incluyendo seguridad y policía) que enseñara:

  • Competencia cultural
  • Prejuicio implícito, ansiedad racial, las consecuencias
    de los estereotipos
  • Apoyo e Intervenciones de Conducta Positiva (PBIS)
  • Al fin de 2017-18, 600 maestros, 400 empleados, 125
    guardias de seguridad, y 30 policías iban a ser entrenados en PBIS y los Procedimientos Uniformes de Reclamos (UCP)
  • 680 maestros en 8 sitios iban a recibir entrenamiento en cómo manejar una clase
    KHSD ha aceptado reconocer el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana, Mes de la Herencia Hispana y promete contratar empleados de color.

Resultados de la encuesta de ambiente escolar del año escolar 2016-17 al 2017-18

  • 20% de estudiantes Afroamericanos (AA) informaron que se sintieron asilados/acosados en las escuelas entre los últimos 60 días
  • 19% de estudiantes AA informaron que se sintieron asilados/acosados en las escuelas por su raza, etnicidad, o nacionalidad
  • 10% de estudiantes AA no se sienten seguros por causa de su raza, etnicidad, o nacionalidad. (Comparado a 3% de Hispanos y 3% estudiantes blancos)

Basados en los Datos de KHSD 2016-17 Estudiantes Afroamericanos son:

  • 2x más probable de ser expulsados
  • 4x más probable que sean transferidos voluntariamente
  • 2x más probable que sean transferidos involuntariamente

Contratando Maestros de Color

  • En 2017-18 KHSD utilizo casi $1 millón para contratar a maestros de color
  • KHSD no alcanzo su meta de contratar 2% de maestros de color (Solo contrataron 50 maestros Hispanos y 5 maestros AA)
  • 50% de las ferias para contratar empleados fueron en lugares donde la mayoría populación es blanca

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports PBIS (Apoyo e intervención de Conducta positiva)

PBIS es un enfoque proactivo de varios niveles para establecer los apoyos conductuales y la cultura social necesarios para que todos los alumnos de una escuela logren el éxito social, emocional y académico.

  • KHSD no ha dicho claramente que apoyo y recursos darán para implementar el método PBIS
  • Ejemplos de PBIS recursos en otros distritos: clases de arte, referencia para psicólogo, programas enseñando conducta pro social, apoyo disponible para maestros.
  • Si PBIS se implementa correctamente, puede reducir el comportamiento agresivo, reducir las acciones disciplinarias, mejorar el clima escolar, reducir la rotación de maestros, ¡y más!

Para más información llame:
Cecilia Castro, DHF Directora de Política Educativa (661) 322- 3033 ext. 230

Call to Action: Press Conference for Nationwide Fast for 2,400+ Urge McCarthy to support Keep Families Together Act!, Wed. 6/27/18, 10am

Call to Action: Press Conference for Nationwide Fast for 2,400+ Urge McCarthy to support Keep Families Together Act!, Wed. 6/27/18, 10am

Please join DHF and local leaders for a press conference to announce a nationwide fast in support of the more than 2,400 children and their families detained in immigration centers and to urge Kevin McCarthy to support the Keep Families Together Act!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 10:00 A.M.

WHERE: Congressman McCarthy’s Office 4100 Empire Drive, Suite 150 Bakersfield, CA 93309

DETAILS: Dolores Huerta participated in a nationwide fast in support of the more than 2,400 children in immigration centers. Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, passed the fast on to Dolores. After fasting for 24 hours, Dolores passed the fast on to Randi Weingarten, president American Federation of Teachers.

Dolores is calling on Kern County leaders to join the fast for 24 hours each, for a total of 24 days, to support families that have been separated from their children. Participating fasters are encouraged to send their 24 hour food savings to breakbreadnotfamilies.org to be distributed to organizations supporting and providing legal counsel to the families at border seeking refuge in the United States.

The community will call on Congressman Kevin McCarthy to use his role as majority leader to support the Keep Families Together Act and ensure that a fair immigration bill is voted on in the House of Representatives: a bill that will protect the DACA students, refugee families, and guarantee the unification of children and families that have been separated at the US-Mexico Border.

Call to Action: KHSD Redistricting Meeting, Mon. 4/16/18, 7pm

Call to Action: KHSD Redistricting Meeting, Mon. 4/16/18, 7pm

Join DHF and make your voice heard at a Kern High School District Board of Trustees Redistricting Meeting!

When: Monday, April 16th 2018, 7:00 pm

Where: 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309

The Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) encourages the community to participate at the next Kern High School District (KHSD) Special Board Meeting. This meeting will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the district Board Room at 5801 Sundale Avenue. Express public support for the adoption of criteria which will lead to the the redrawing of district boundaries which safeguard electoral fairness.

The purpose of this meeting is for the Board to receive input from the community on a new district map. This will be the third out of five special meetings the KHSD Board is scheduled to have in the coming weeks.

So far, DHF and Shelley Lapkoff, PhD, a demographer working with KHSD, have presented district maps to the Board. The Dolores Huerta Foundation continues to encourage the Kern High School District to provide a fair and just review for redistricting plan to ensure representation for all communities including South Kern, which currently has diluted voting power.

The foundation stresses the significance of aligning the creation of new trustee boundaries using the following best practices in order of importance:

I. Equal population among districts

II. Geographic compactness

III. Line contiguity

IV. Preservation of local political subdivisions

V. Preservation of communities of interest; and

VI. Protection of incumbents.

For more information on the maps already presented to the Board, please visit the KHSD’s website at https://www.kernhigh.org/apps/pages/boardpresentations.

For DHF’s maps, you may visit https://doloreshuerta.org/gis-geographic-information-systems/.

Your voice is needed to help us put an end to gerrymandering which dilutes the political influence of underrepresented minority communities especially in the areas of South Kern. Arvin and Lamont deserve representation on the KHSD Board of Trustees!

Through this process, the KHSD Board of Trustees will adopt resolutions specifying criteria to guide adjusting trustee area boundaries and provide instruction to demographic consultant on formulation of trustee area boundary adjustments based on criteria.

This is the first of five meetings in the redistricting process. The KHSD Board will vote on the new districts at the final meeting on May 14, 2018.

For more information contact Dr. Gerald Cantu, DHF Education Policy Director, gcantu@doloreshuerta.org, 661-249-0219

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