Call to Action: Support Standing Rock! Join Dolores Huerta at Jane Fonda’s Bank Exit Birthday Rally for #NODAPL, Wed. 12/21/16, 2pm

Call to Action: Support Standing Rock! Join Dolores Huerta at Jane Fonda’s Bank Exit Birthday Rally for #NODAPL, Wed. 12/21/16, 2pm

Meet at Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles, CA and march to Wells Fargo. Then rally outside of Chase @ Sunset

#JANEFONDA #BANKEXIT

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Award-winning actress Jane Fonda — a sharp critic of the government’s failure to honor treaties with Native American First Nations – supports Standing Rock. She is taking her money out of Wells Fargo for #NODAPL

Fonda, in addition to joining the group, has donated four much-needed Mongolian yurts and five bison. Yurts — round, semi-permanent tents reinforced with framing and usually equipped with a heat source doubling as a stove in the center — are traditional housing used by nomadic cultures for centuries as defense against the elements for their ease of portability.

For her part, Jane Fonda has already participated in an arts education program at Solen Middle School in the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation earlier this year. Indeed, the activist and actress is no stranger to the American Indigenous rights movement — in 1969, she supported the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island, intended to garner attention to continued treaty rights violations and the need for Indigenous sovereignty.

“I came away with the belief that what is happening at Standing Rock is an existential confrontation between two opposing world views. One is represented by the Indigenous Water Protectors and their allies who believe our future depends on respecting the land and water on which human life depends. The people on the front lines are very brave. They stand, carrying their banners, chanting, and praying with arms reaching toward the sky.” said Jane Fonda.

Call to Action: Rally to Call on Congressman McCarthy to #Fight4OurHealth, Tues., 12/20/16, 10am

Call to Action: Rally to Call on Congressman McCarthy to #Fight4OurHealth, Tues., 12/20/16, 10am

Join us on Tuesday, December 20th in front of Congressman McCarthy’s Office at 4100 Empire Dr, Bakersfield, California 93309 at 10 am to make your voice heard.

#Fight4OurHealth

Have a story about how the ACA has helped you? Share your story at this link and we will deliver it to the Congressman SHARE YOUR STORY!

Our community is coming together and calling on Congressman Kevin McCarthy to represent the people of his district. He must stand against those who are working to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Nearly half of the population in Kern and Tulare Counties relies on some form of subsidized insurance. Tens of thousands more benefit from the Affordable Care Act because of provisions like extending dependent coverage to age 26 and removing “pre-existing condition” clauses from insurance. Covered California and tax subsidies to small businesses have given people more freedom to move from job to job and small businesses can better compete for the best talent.

We can’t go back to a time when so many more Americans had to rely on emergency rooms for primary care or forgo treatment altogether. Nowhere is the need so great as in California’s Central Valley. Our congressman needs to carry the message from his district to Washington D.C.: This law is saving lives in California and we are ready to fight for our health.

Partnering Organizations: Consumers Union, ACCE, CPCA, CCALAC, NILC, SEIU 521, 721, 1021, CCHI, Community Health Councils, WCLP, Congress of California Seniors, California Partnership, Community Clinics Consortium of Contra Costa, Children Now, Justice in Aging, Jewish Family Services, Equality California, Small Business Majority, National Association of Social Workers, Campaign for a Healthy California, CPEHN, Firefighters, Greenlining Institute, Advancement Project CA, Project Inform, CARA, OWL, NHELP, CSEA, UDW 3930, CLRA, Community Clinical Centers, Organizing for Action – Contra Costa, LA County IHSS Public Authority, Project Inform, American Nurses Association CA, CA Labor Federation, American Lung Association, Voices for Progress, Organizing for Action, Young Progressive Coalition, CWA 9416, Kern, Inyo, and Mono Counties Central Labor Council

Call to Action: Call on KHSD Trustees to Rescind Policies Allowing Concealed Weapons in Schools

Call to Action: Call on KHSD Trustees to Rescind Policies Allowing Concealed Weapons in Schools

“As community members who care deeply about the safety of our youth, we are calling on Kern High School District Board of Trustees to rescind policies allowing select Carrying Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit-holding teachers and non-staff to carry firearms on high school campuses.” 

Please sign the petition. Click here to add your name: 

tinyurl.com/stopKHSDguns

KHSD Trustees first voted to allow non-staff CCW permit holders, including parents, to carry guns on campus on June 27th. Then on November 17, 2016 they called together a special meeting under outrageous circumstances, where they approved a proposal allowing teachers and other school personnel to carry arms on campus. The public was given a mere 24-hour notice and the meeting was held at an hour which made it difficult for parents, teachers, and other community members to attend.

Over the past few months, the public—including teachers, school administrators, parents, elected officials and retired law enforcement officers—have come out strongly in overwhelming opposition to these dangerous policies which threaten to harm children and add more lawsuits to the many the district is already facing. 

Some of the most vocal proponents in favor of these policies are firearms trainers at local gun stores. In an apparent conflict of interest, some of the non-staff CCW holders who were granted permission to carry guns on campus are members of a church in which former Trustee Chad Vegas is their pastor. They meet on KHSD grounds during the weekend. These policies have the potential to endanger children who rely on public schools, and they were passed by Vegas even though he has removed his own children from the public school system and has gone on record encouraging his parishioners to do the same. 

In December 2016, Joey O’Connell, the new Trustee replacing Chad Vegas, will be sworn in. During his campaign, he told members of the local chapter of the California Teacher’s Association that having more guns at schools creates more problems. A new board of Trustees creates an opportunity to raise our voices and demand that they rescind these misguided firearms policies. 

Permitting more guns on high school campuses is dangerous. Having ready access to guns actually increases the risk of homicide. This puts over 37,000 students at risk. Gun violence disproportionately effects students of color. The KHSD is a racially diverse school district with some campuses having ethnic minority populations of 89% or more. Additionally, this policy will increase liability costs. Increased liability will likely take general funds away from classroom instruction. 

Please sign the petition. Click here to add your name: 

tinyurl.com/stopKHSDguns

Watch the interview with DHF Civic Engagement Director, Gerald Cantu, Ph.D. by clicking on the image below.

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Call to Action: #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016

Call to Action: #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016

Why give to DHF on Giving Tuesday?

Please donate by going to this link DONATE HERE.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a leading force in the Central Valley working to protect and advance the rights of immigrants, women, youth, and the LGBT community.

Through community organizing, civic engagement education, and leadership development your contributions help:

– Put an end to the School-to-Prison Pipeline

– Improve access and develop infrastructure for safe healthy communities

– Create healthy, accepting, supportive communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, family members, and friends

– Increase opportunities for civic engagement and policy advocacy.

Please donate by going to this link DONATE HERE.

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Call to Action: Call on KHSD Trustees to Rescind Policies Allowing Concealed Weapons in Schools

Call to Action: Keep Guns Off Campus KHSD Board Meeting 11/17/16, 12:30pm

The Kern High School District Board of Trustees is having a meeting to consider enacting a proposal which would allow the Superintendent to select CCW permit-holding teachers and other staff to carry firearms on high school campuses.

Please join DHF and the Kern Education Justice Collaborative in showing opposition to this dangerous proposal. More guns on campus will NOT help our students graduate and get ready for college and a career. Make a statement by wearing SAFETY ORANGE.

When: Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Where: Kern High School District
5801 Sundale Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 827-3100

The DHF and KEJC have also launched a petition asking KHSD to remain a gun-free school zone, which we intend to present at the next board meeting. Sign our petition to let KHSD Trustees know you want guns off of our campuses.

Sign the petition at tinyurl.com/NoGunsKHSD

KHSD recently passed a policy allowing non-staff Carrying Concealed Weapons (CCW) permit-holders on school grounds with the permission of the Superintendent, a policy the DHF and KEJC vehemently opposed, the Kern High School District Board of Trustees are now This policy would put over 37,000 students at risk, and would do nothing to make campuses safer.

KHSD already has a police force that is properly trained in the use of firearms. Putting more guns on campus only threatens to create more problems than it solves. Research shows that having ready access to guns increases the risk of homicide and injury by accidental discharge. Gun violence disproportionately affects students of color and the KHSD is a racially diverse school district with some campuses having ethnic minority populations of 89% or more. It will also increase liability costs. Allocations toward insurance companies will be taken from general funds and away from classroom instruction.

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Call to Action: Pledge to be a voter!

Call to Action: Pledge to be a voter!

SIGN THE PLEDGE HERE http://www.thepetitionsite.com/559/753/652/pledge-to-be-a-voter/

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On November 8 our country will not only choose a president, but also representatives at every level of government and whether or not to enact certain measures.

For some of you, this presidential election has made you feel as though your voice and your vote don’t matter. But, take it from me, your voice and your vote do matter. There is so much that hangs in the balance, that your voice and your vote matter greatly. The candidates who are elected and the measures and propositions that are approved and rejected will impact our communities for years to come.

So often the decisions made by politicians don’t benefit or reflect the voice and the will of the people in the neighborhoods they serve. We have to change that!

SIGN THE PLEDGE HERE http://www.thepetitionsite.com/559/753/652/pledge-to-be-a-voter/

I have spent my life organizing people to make changes that impact their own lives and the world around them and I have learned that we have tremendous power, if we vote together.

Election Day is the most important day of your life! Join the millions of people across the country and in your own community who will join together to vote for what and who they want.

First, you have to register right now, it takes just a few text messages.

Then, pledge to show up on election day. Choose to be a part of a larger group of people who want to see the same changes you do. Choose to be a voice for social justice, women’s rights, access to education, equality and more!

The great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today. Pledge to come together, pledge to organize your friends, your family, and your neighbors to take the direct action of voting.

Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world. This is even more true during an election season when we can exercise our right to have a direct say in what happens and who decides. I know it feels like change is slow and hard to come by, but I’m here to tell you that “¡Si Se Puede!”, but only if you vote!

Dolores Huerta

SIGN THE PLEDGE HERE http://www.thepetitionsite.com/559/753/652/pledge-to-be-a-voter/

Call to Action: Press Conference to Protest Guns at KHSD, Mon. 10/3/16, 6:30pm

Call to Action: Press Conference to Protest Guns at KHSD, Mon. 10/3/16, 6:30pm

Join The Kern Education Justice Collaborative, Faith in the Valley, the Dolores Huerta Foundation and community members to protest a policy that would allow more guns on school campuses.

Wear safety orange to show that you want to keep our children and school staff safe from gun violence.

Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 6:00 pm

KHSD Board Room
5801 Sundale Avenue.
Bakersfield, CA 93309

A press conference is scheduled for 6:30 pm. The Board meeting begins at 7pm.

Sign the petition below to call on the KHSD Board to reject a proposal that would allow more guns on campuses.

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Call to Action: Volunteers Needed Today! Tues.  9/13/16

Call to Action: Volunteers Needed Today! Tues.  9/13/16

We need your help unloading 300 dusty bikes from a large truck.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

1:00 to 5:00 pm

Extra Space Storage
711 Weedpatch Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93307

Ask for Elizabeth Martinez,
DHF Health Policy Organizer
(661) 748-5590

The Dolores Huerta Foundation received a generous donation of 300 bikes from our friends at Burning Man to support our future plans for a Community Bike Share Program.

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Call to Action: WE ARE CALIFORNIA – Get Out the Vote! Sat. 5/28/16 and 6/4/16, 9am

Call to Action: WE ARE CALIFORNIA – Get Out the Vote! Sat. 5/28/16 and 6/4/16, 9am

GET LOUD CALIFORNIA! SHOW UP AND MAKE AN IMPACT!

The June 7th Primaries are just around the corner!!! DHF Civic Engagement organizers need your help to inform and encourage the community to turn out to vote.

WHEN: Saturday, 5/28/16 AND from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at 

WHERE: 1527 19th St, 4th Floor, Suite 432, Bakersfield, CA 93301

SIGN UP AND VOLUNTEER TO MAKE AN IMPACT!

Please call (661) 421-3424 or email ycontreras@doloreshuerta.org

DH Election Day

We’re calling on all of our supporters and their families, friends and neighbors to join us in GETTING OUT THE VOTE in the Central Valley! Training and food provided.

Please come out and walk with us! Help improve the quality of life for all!

Can’t join us in person? Please support this effort by donating. Just $5 pays to feed and train a volunteer.

Click this link to DONATE NOW and support the community organizing work of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

#VOTA #GETLOUD #SiSePuede

Tomen Acción: Encuesta de Disciplina Escolar Para Guardianes de Estudiantes Grados K-3 (del 01/01/15 al presente)

Tomen Acción: Encuesta de Disciplina Escolar Para Guardianes de Estudiantes Grados K-3 (del 01/01/15 al presente)

 

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Por favor, haga clic en el enlace siguiente para llenar una encuesta educacional –  Esta encuesta es para los padres de estudiantes que están o estaban en los grados K-3 en cualquier momento desde el 1 de enero de 2015.

Por favor distribuir estas encuestas lo largo y ancho a los padres en todas sus redes. El objetivo es recoger al menos 100 encuestas de los padres durante el próximo mes.

Encuesta en español – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EncuestaAB420

Encuesta en ingles – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AB420Survey

La Fundación Dolores Huerta es parte de un grupo de organizaciones que juntos trabajamos para reducir los métodos ásperos de disciplina en las escuelas, como es la expulsión y las suspensiones porque acuerdo de investigaciones los jóvenes tienen menos probabilidades de seguir una educación y en vez llegar a ser parte del sistema de justicia criminal o de la pobreza.

· Trabajamos duro para pasar la ley de la asamblea 420, la cual elimina suspensiones para nuestros niños (desde kínder al tercero de primaria), y todas las expulsiones para alumnos los cuales han tenido comportamiento menor así como, el rezongarle a sus mayores, el no traer sus útiles escolares a clase y violaciones del código de vestimenta.

· La ley de la asamblea 420 le impone límites al uso de disciplina de la categoría incluir a todos conocida como ” desafío deliberado” que también incluye la interrupción menor en las escuelas. Desafío intencional representa el 43 % de las suspensiones otorgadas a los estudiantes de California, y es la categoría de delito de suspensión con las disparidades raciales más significativas. La ley elimina las suspensiones en la escuela y fuera de la escuela para los niños en los grados entre kínder y tercero por el comportamiento perturbador capturados actualmente en el Código de Educación sección 48900 (k) y prohíbe todas las expulsiones por este motivo. Bajo esta ley, las escuelas aún pueden suspender por otras 23 razones incluyendo la intimidación, el bullí, las peleas, y el robo. Esta ley estará en su lugar durante 3 años, sólo hasta el 2017.

· Ahora estamos evaluando cómo la ley de la asamblea 420 ha sido implementada en las escuelas, para poder entender qué tipos de cambios han tomado lugar en las escuelas y cuales han sido los resultados para nuestros jóvenes y familias.

· Esperamos que pueda tomar esta encuesta breve para ayudarnos a entender la experiencia disciplinaria que ha tenido usted y su hijo en las escuelas.

Por favor, haga clic en el enlace siguiente encuesta – uno para español, uno para Inglés. Estas encuestas son para los padres de los estudiantes que están o estaban en los grados K-3 en cualquier momento desde el 1 de enero de 2015.

Por favor distribuir estas encuestas lo largo y ancho de los padres en todas sus redes. El objetivo es recoger al menos 100 encuestas de los padres durante el próximo mes.

Call to Action: School Discipline Survey for Guardians of Students Grades K-3 (from 1/1/15 to present)

Call to Action: School Discipline Survey for Guardians of Students Grades K-3 (from 1/1/15 to present)

learnThis is a survey for parents, guardians, and caregivers of children who are in a public elementary school.

DHF is part of a group of organizations that are working together to reduce harsh disciplinary measures in schools, such as expulsion and suspension, because research shows these discipline policies push young people away from education and into the criminal justice system or a life of poverty.

We worked hard to pass AB 420, which eliminates suspensions for our youngest children (kindergarten through third grade), and all expulsions for all students for minor misbehavior such as talking back, not having school materials and dress code violations.

AB 420 places limits on the use of school discipline for the catch-all category known as “willful defiance,” which also includes minor school disruption. Willful defiance accounts for 43% of suspensions issued to California students, and is the suspension offense category with the most significant racial disparities.

The law eliminates in-school and out-of-school suspensions for children in grades K-3 for disruptive behavior currently captured in Education Code section 48900(k) and bans all expulsions for this reason. Under this law, schools can still suspend for 23 other reasons including bullying, fighting, and stealing. This law will be in place for 3 years only through 2017.

We are now evaluating how AB420 has been implemented in schools, to understand what types of changes have taken place in schools and in outcomes for our young people and families.

We hope you will take this short survey to help us understand you and your child’s experience with discipline in schools.

Please click on the survey link below – one for Spanish, one for English. These surveys are for parents of students who are or were in grades K-3 at any point since Jan 1, 2015. Please distribute these surveys far and wide to parents in all of your networks. The goal is to collect at least 100 parent surveys over the next month.

English survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AB420Survey

Spanish survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EncuestaAB420

Call to Action: Demand CA State Board of Education Include Suspensions in School Climate Evaluations

Call to Action: Demand CA State Board of Education Include Suspensions in School Climate Evaluations

Dolores Huerta Foundation is part of a statewide coalition pushing the California State Board of Education (CSBE) to include suspension rates as a key indicator of school climate in the evaluation rubrics of the Local Control Funding Formula.

 

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WE NEED YOUR  HELP!!!

How you can help?

  1. Collect 10 e-postcards from your family members, friends, and allies – We are going for quality over quantity by asking people to add comments to their e-postcard.
  1. Get 2 school leaders to sign an e-postcard– The CSBE needs to know that principals, school board members, union leaders and administrators support our demand.
  1. There is going to be a hearing on May 11th. If you know parents or students that would like to come and provide testimony to the CSBE, please let us know as soon as possible to arrange the logistics necessary.

Below are comment examples provided by Youth from Californians for Justice

  • Students know that school climate is a way to close the achievement gap. We can’t learn or graduate if we are getting suspended. A focus on school climate needs to be a KEY part of our accountability system.
  • Choosing suspensions is choosing Equity. We’re counting on you to make a good choice!
  • At least 2-3 times a week I see my peers being pulled out or sent out of class. This is discouraging and sets up a negative environment. Sometimes it feels like teachers (school staff) really care but when this happens I feel like they really aren’t here to support us. It shouldn’t be like that, we all deserve a chance to be believed in and supported.
  • Please ensure low-income students like me <my son/daughter> don’t get left behind in school by making School Climate and Engagement a priority.
  • I <My son/daughter> would not be succeeding in school right now if my teachers and my school didn’t prioritize indicators of school climate. In middle school I started ditching school and getting suspended. But that changed because the staff at my school prioritized school climate and prioritized me. Now I’m an honor student.
  • The need and want for a better School Climate is universal. It isn’t limited to only high-needs students, it’s something that all students need regardless of our background.

 

Call to Action: Join us for GIVE BIG KERN on May 3, 2016!

Call to Action: Join us for GIVE BIG KERN on May 3, 2016!

Unknown-9GIVE BIG KERN is a unique and special day for philanthropy across Kern County. It’s a day for Kern County to come together with one voice of support for our charities, big and small On May 3, 2016, join us here to find your passion, donate to your favorite causes, pledge volunteer hours, learn about new nonprofits, and share the excitement!

Schedule your donation now or come visit again on – May 3, 2016 – to make a contribution to the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Your donation can help us win prize grants and fulfill match opportunities. Join us in making a BIG difference for our community!

Click on this live link to Raise money online for DOLORES C HUERTA FOUNDATION

 

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Call to Action: Lamont Public Utility District Public Meeting, 4/25/16, 6pm

Call to Action: Lamont Public Utility District Public Meeting, 4/25/16, 6pm

The Lamont Public Utility District Board is hiring a new District Manager.

Voice your concerns and opinions!

Residents must hold the board accountable to hire a qualified candidate committed to serving the community of Lamont.

When: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Where: 8624 SEGRUE ROAD, LAMONT, CA 93241

For more information contact Timo Prado, Dolores Huerta Foundation, South Kern Organizer (661) 699-6597

REUNION DEL DISTRITO DE SERVICIOS PÚBLICOS DE LAMONT 25/4/16, 6pm

El Distrito de Servicios Públicos de Lamont esta solicitando un nuevo Gerente de Distrito.

¡Venga para expresar sus ideas y opinions!

Los residentes deben de asegurar que la mesa directiva sean responsables de contratar a un candidato calificado y comprometido a la comunidad de Lamont.

cuando: lunes, 25 de abril 2016 a las 6:00 pm
donde: 8624 SEGRUE ROAD, LAMONT, CA 93241

Para más información llame a Timo Prado, Organizador del Sur del Condado Kern con la Fundación Dolores Huerta en (661) 699-6597

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Call to Action: Join KEJC in Demanding KHSD Officials Target LCAP Funds to High Needs Schools

Call to Action: Join KEJC in Demanding KHSD Officials Target LCAP Funds to High Needs Schools

Although some schools in Kern High School District are doing well, other schools with large numbers of high-needs students are falling behind because they are not being targeted for improvement by school officials.

In 2015-16 90% of the $37.1 million in LCAP funds, which the law stipulates are to be used to improve academic performance for high-needs students, was allocated on a district-wide basis rather than targeted toward schools with large numbers of high needs students.

Rather than targeting specific high needs schools such as Mira Monte High (90.6% of whose students are high needs), South High (90.6%), Arvin High (87.6%), and East High (83.5%), school officials chose to give the same slice of a pie for high needs students to Centennial High (24% of whose students are high needs), Stockdale High (32%), Liberty High (18%), and Frontier (24%).

It comes as no surprise that the schools with the highest needs are on the south and east sides of Bakersfield, while the better performing schools are on the west side. Fairness and State Law dictate that we target those schools with higher needs, but, unfortunately, our decision makers are distributing LCAP funds evenly across those schools that need the least help and those that need the most.

Join the Kern Education Justice Collaborative and the Dolores Huerta Foundation to demand that our decision makers target LCAP funds towards schools with the most high needs students.

Join in LCAP Public Comment Sessions! Go to the following link to see KHSD LCAP Meeting Calendar

For more information on upcoming DHF/KEJC LCAP Public Comment Trainings, contact Gerald Cantu, Ph.D., Dolores Huerta Foundation, Education Program Associate at (661) 322-3033 ext. 1209

Read the article at the following link U.S. News & World Report High School Rankings