After nearly a year of recent negotiations with county representatives and 10 years without a wage increase from the county, hundreds of 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.
“The next time I hope we get a hundred people arrested, okay?” said Huerta. “I am angry with how homecare workers are treated. That they have gone over a decade without giving a wage increase.”
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“Dolores Huerta Elementary School may be a new name for the Glen Park campus this year but they’re still working on living up to that identity.
The San Francisco Board of Education approved the name change in Augustbut murals, signage, plaques, and books for its community to recognize the full meaning of its new namesake costs money. In turn, parents on a name change committee launched a GoFundMe to raise $20,000 to fully honor Huerta, a longtime labor leader who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez and coined the phrase “Sí, se puede.”
“Our school is where we want to teach students the power of voice, the power of presence, the power of being, the power of standing up for dignity and fighting for equity, embodying the life lessons and activism of someone like Dolores Huerta,” said Luis Rodriguez, Dolores Huerta Elementary principal, in October. “By adopting the name of a strong Latina leader, we also would like to send a message of empowerment to all our female students, particularly our female students of color.”
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (February 6, 2019) — Today, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (www.radcliffe.harvard.edu) announced that the iconic social activist and organizer Dolores Huerta will receive the prestigious Radcliffe Medal on May 31.
Each year, during Harvard University’s Commencement week, the Radcliffe Institute awards its highest honor to an individual who embodies its commitment to excellence, inclusion, and social impact.
The iconic portrait of Dolores Huerta, painted by Chicana artist, activist, and Dolores Huerta Foundation Board Member, Barbara Carrasco, will be featured starting this summer at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. beginning the summer of 2015.
“Election day is the most important day of your life!…Vote no on 67.” said Dolores Huerta.
The initiative would define a “person” and a “child” in the Colorado Criminal Code to include unborn human beings, which could cut off women’s rights of abortion and birth control, even in the case of rape, incest or to protect the health or save the life of the woman.
Dolores Huerta made a plea during a visit to SIU Tuesday for citizens to vote in the upcoming election and to get involved with candidates. She pointed the importance about the Elections Day and the power of each indivual person when united for a common cause. Click here to read the original article