Yahoo News: Dolores Huerta inspires local students December’s “Conversations that Inspire Change” Zoom event with Huerta was virtually attended by over 65 Central Valley students

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Rest In Power Representative John Lewis

Rest In Power Representative John Lewis

We mourn the loss of Representative John Lewis as he was a pillar of the civil rights movement. “John Lewis led us on the path for racial justice and equality on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. His lifetime of undaunted courage inspires us to continue in his footsteps, on his path, until equality is achieved. He is resting now. We owe it to him to push forward.” – Dolores Huerta, President & Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. At 80 years of age, @repjohnlewis left an indelible impact on our country through his tireless efforts to improve our racial and political landscape. Rest in Power.

PARENTS, STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS MARCH FOR EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE IN KHSD

PARENTS, STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS MARCH FOR EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE IN KHSD

On the evening of January 30th, 2020, a passionate group of concerned community members marched through the streets of Bakersfield demanding more resources and support for Kern High School District (KHSD) students. At a rally following the March for Educational Justice, parents, guardians, students, and teachers advocated for more counseling services, cultural celebrations, and diverse teachers to a crowd of fifty supporters in front of West High School. The demonstration took place before the final mandatory KHSD Board of Trustees Community Report Back Meeting, which the KHSD has been required to hold twice a year to report their progress in accordance with the 2014 lawsuit settlement. This lawsuit determined that KHSD’s discriminatory discipline practices targeted black and brown students and deprived them of their right to an education.

The Kern Education Justice Collaborative (KEJC) and community members continue to demand that the KHSD faithfully implements the agreements of the settlement to create a positive school environment and improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes for black and brown students.

To learn more about this story, read the article below.

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NOW HIRING: Education Organizer in Antelope Valley & Fresno

NOW HIRING: Education Organizer in Antelope Valley & Fresno

Dolores Huerta Foundation BackgroundEstablished in 2003, the DHF’s mission is to inspire and organize communities to establish volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. DHF conducts movement-building at the intersection of race, class, sexual...

Conociendo: “El Canto Del Colibrí” movie night 10/21

Conociendo: “El Canto Del Colibrí” movie night 10/21

Join us as we host a Conociendo: "El Canto Del Colibrí" #movienight for National Week of Action Against School Pushout on 10/21 at 5:30 pm PDT. This virtual event is #FREE & open to everyone. "El Canto del Colibrí," is a story of Latino fathers dealing with issues...

Join us on 9/29 for LYFE’s Virtual Pop-up Event!

Join us on 9/29 for LYFE’s Virtual Pop-up Event!

Attention all youth, parents, & community members! You're invited to DHF Youth Program's 1st ever Virtual Pop-up event for LYFE. Join us virtually 9/29 6 -7 pm PDT for conversations about our most recent campaigns and resources. RSVP:...

History Shorts: Dolores Huerta Organizes a Movement

History Shorts: Dolores Huerta Organizes a Movement

While many know the name Cesar Chavez today, his most trusted lieutenant was just as vital to the Mexican farmworkers movement. Watch now: https://www.history.com/topics/civil-rights-movement/dolores-huerta-video

2021 CA Special Election: Youth Rock the Vote!

2021 CA Special Election: Youth Rock the Vote!

Although the Liberated for Youth Empowerment (LYFE) program is fairly new it is already impacting communities in a positive way. Most of the LYFE youth members are not old enough to vote, but they are old enough to understand what is at stake and how this current 2021...

American Identity: Dolores Huerta traces her family history

American Identity: Dolores Huerta traces her family history

Dolores Huerta helped found the United Farm Workers labor union in the 1960's and now shares her family history with NBC News' Simone Boyce. Click here to watch the NBC segment: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/embedded-video/mmvo121223237715

Summer of Salsa with civil rights leader Dolores Huerta!

Summer of Salsa with civil rights leader Dolores Huerta!

Join civil rights leader Dolores Huerta alongside special guests on September 10th, 5 - 6:30 pm PDT for a Summer of Salsa concert at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes! RSVP at: https://doloreshuerta.org/2021summerofsalsa/

Dolores Huerta to Receive Radcliffe Medal

Dolores Huerta to Receive Radcliffe Medal

From Radcliffe/Harvard.edu

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.

Read more in the full article here.

DHF in the News: César Chávez celebrated by members of the community, Thurs. 3/30/17

DHF in the News: César Chávez celebrated by members of the community, Thurs. 3/30/17

Camila Chávez, daughter of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, and niece of César Chávez, gave the keynote address.

“As you know, thousands of people around the state and country are honoring my uncle, César Chávez,” Camila Chávez said. “It’s telling, that on university campuses across the country, we honor a man who only had an eighth grade education.”

Chávez said schooling did not hold her uncle back from expanding his knowledge and reaching his dream of civil rights and activism for farmworkers.

“He was a self-taught individual,” Chávez said.

She outlined the “values and philosophies” of the farmworkers movement as set forth by Chávez and Huerta: the vow of poverty by living simply; nonviolence even when violence is inflicted upon you; and civic participation by exercising your right to vote.

Read the full article here http://collegian.csufresno.edu/2017/03/30/cesar-chavez-celebrated-by-members-of-the-community/

DHF in the News: Conservative columnist misrepresents DHF’s efforts to keep guns off campus

DHF in the News: Conservative columnist misrepresents DHF’s efforts to keep guns off campus

Ina Barks, Bakersfield.com contributing columnist is a graduate of South High School and Cal State Bakersfield. She is a radio talk show host on KNZR.

Read her article – Huerta Foundation isn’t shooting straight with us at http://www.bakersfield.com/…/article_b486acb5-15e2-55d6-b69…

Dr. Gerald Cantu, Civic Engagement Director at the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Cal State University, Bakersfield responds.

Inga Barks’ recent column reads more like a social media rant rather than a well-documented and -researched newspaper essay. In falsely accusing the Dolores Huerta Foundation, her “source” turns out to be none other than Mike Williams and his Facebook posts.

Mr. Williams clearly wants to allow teachers to carry dangerous firearms in class, and he is the person who decided to use his power when he was the president of the KHSD Trustees to convene a special board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17th at 2 p.m.—and he only gave the public 24-hour notice about the hearing. This is a fact and it isn’t just the Dolores Huerta Foundation that pointed out the rushed nature and the unusual hour of the meeting. Students, teachers and other members of the community raised their voices to protest alongside us.

The board passed a new firearms policy on only the first reading to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons at Kern high schools without any regulations. The timing was highly suspect, as Chad Vegas had already said his farewells at the last regular board meeting, and Joey O’Connell was to succeed him at the next regular board meeting in 2016. This gave Mr. Vegas a chance to vote for this dangerous policy. It was politics at its worst.
We expect more of our journalists and columnists than to substantiate their opinions through social media rants which reflect but one side of the issue. Had Barks investigated the views of Williams’ colleagues on the board, she would have discovered a totally different perspective.

What did the other trustees think about scheduling a special meeting to take a vote on such an important policy during an hour in which parents, students, and teachers would probably be at work? Trustee Jeff Flores found the meeting to be “outrageous” because trustees were going to vote outside of a regular meeting, which, given its recurring nature and hour of the day, allows for the maximization of public input.

Barks accuses the DHF of lying. As I was reading her article I was searching for the particular facts which she accused the Dolores Huerta Foundation of presenting as lies, the false statements we knew to be false but were intentionally misrepresenting as truths. My search was in vain. Instead of focusing on any particular facts, Barks focuses in on her “perception” of the facts rather than the facts themselves. The facts are as follows:

1. Williams called together a special board meeting under the said circumstances. The perception is that Trustees pushed the gun policy through during a meeting where the public would have minimal public input and effect.

2. Barks has not consistently attended board meetings. Had she been there,
she would have seen the overwhelming response from community members, parents, students, and teachers to the new firearms policies trustees passed in 2016.

3. We now have amassed 3,500 signatures from a diverse array of individuals throughout Kern County, who are demanding that KHSD Trustees repeal the new firearms policies.

We invite all residents in Kern County who disagree that teachers and parents should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus to sign our petition at tinyurl.com/stopKHSDguns

Video: Dolores Huerta Interview in NewsChannel 8, Washington DC. 6/13/14

Video: Dolores Huerta Interview in NewsChannel 8, Washington DC. 6/13/14

During a interview with News Anchor and Talk Show Host Melanie Hastings, Dolores Huerta talked about immigration and received the medal of liberty from president Obama.

Camila Chavez talked about the work of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, in specific about the education and civic participation. Also made a request to ask for monthly donations from individuals to support the work.

To see the video click here:

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