‘Dolores’ the movie seeks to inspire all generations.

‘Dolores’ the movie seeks to inspire all generations.

From The Monitor: “She inspires and empowers. No matter the age or the gender a true leader inspires through their actions and their words. La lucha sigue and “at age 87, Dolores Huerta continues to stand at the forefront of the fight for human rights with the same ganas and stamina of the fearless 32-year-old woman who formed the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez in 1962…”

“Do you know that the voter registration laws in Texas are the same as the ones we fought to change in California in 1953?” Dolores said in her unmistakable stern voice.

“All that a person has is his or her story… and when you are trying to deny them their story, you are taking away their power.” she added, repeating a line she said during an interview in the late 1970s that comes out toward the end of the 98-minute film.

”We can’t rely on the media we need to make sure we get our stories Into the textbooks,” she added in her unmistakable stern voice. “We need to push for ethnic and Chicano studies in our schools.”

Read the full article here: http://www.themonitor.com/entertainment/article_de5f895c-68b2-11e7-8f9d-b76962d4dd48.html

Media Advisory: Bakersfield LGBTQ and the Dolores Huerta Foundation to host “Stand Up, Speak Out” March, Sun. 6/11/17, 8:30am

Immediate Release: June 9, 2017
Contact: Dean Welliver
DHF Equality Organizer
dwelliver@doloreshuerta.org
661-322-3033 ext. 1218

 

Bakersfield LGBTQ and the Dolores Huerta Foundation to host
“Stand Up, Speak Out” March

Who: Bakersfield LGBTQ , the Dolores Huerta Foundation, members and allies of the LGBTQ Community
What: “Stand Up, Speak Out” March and Rally to commemorate and honor victims of June 11th, 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre and to advocate for LGBTQ rights
When: Sunday, June 11th, 2017 from 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Where: Meeting point HomeGoods parking lot (5510 Stockdale Hwy) and march to First Congregational Church (5 Real Road) in Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield, CA – Bakersfield LGBTQ and the Dolores Huerta Foundation have joined forces to host the Bakersfield “Stand Up, Speak Out March” in conjunction with the National Pride March on Washington D.C. and solidarity marches across the nation on Sunday, June 11th, 2017. The march will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Orlando Nightclub shooting, where 49 attendees were murdered and 53 others injured at the gay nightclub on Latin night. This massacre marks the largest hate crime targeted at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community in American History.

The “Stand Up, Speak Out” March will honor and remember those who lost their lives or were injured in the June 11th massacre and mobilize the Bakersfield community to advocate for legislation and policies that promote the well-being of LGBTQ persons and their access to opportunities for success locally and around the world.

The march will end at First Congregational Church with speakers that seek to mobilize people into action to:
· Support Health Care for All

· Embrace Trans People

· Fight Bi-Erasure

· Validate Non-Binary People

· End Stigma of HIV

· Stop the Chechen Genocide

Bakersfield LGBTQ and the Dolores Huerta Foundation call on the Bakersfield LGBTQ community to urge their representatives to intervene in the budding genocide of gay men in Chechnya to ensure equality and safety for all LGBTQ people globally.

In Chechnya, Russia men who have sex with other men or are suspected of being gay are being blackmailed, sent to concentration camps, tortured with beatings and electro-shocks, and being killed all for being LGBTQ. Alvi Karimov, spokesman for Ramzan Kadyrov the Head of the Chechen Republic, has disputed the claims of anti-gay repression stating that there are no gay people living in Chechnya. In an interview he stated that; “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic. If there were such people in Chechnya, the law-enforcement organs wouldn’t need to have anything to do with them because their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning.”

Attendees will learn how to support the bisexual community. Bi-erasure is the tendency to question or deny the legitimacy and existence of bisexuality. According to the Bisexual Resource Center, bisexuals face higher rates of anxiety, depression, STIs, heart disease, and tobacco use than heterosexuals, gay men, and lesbians. Fighting bi-erasure is paramount to the inclusion of bisexuals in society and to reducing health disparities for bisexuals.

Attendees will also be asked to sign a pledge card asking their legislators and elected officials to support legislation such as SB 179, the Gender Recognition Act, SB 239 Modernizing Discriminatory HIV Criminalization Laws, and SB 421 Tiered System for California Sex Offender Registry.
SB 179, the Gender Recognition Act of 2017, authored by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Sen. Scott Wiener, will enable transgender, intersex and nonbinary people to obtain state-issued identity documents that accurately reflect their gender identity. The bill creates a third, nonbinary gender marker on California birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, identity cards and gender-change court orders, in addition to streamlining the processes for a person to change their gender marker and name on these identifying documents. This bill will make California the first state to legally allow someone to be legally recognized as non-male and non-female.

SB 239, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), modernizes California laws criminalizing and stigmatizing people living with HIV to reflect current understanding of HIV prevention and treatment. It eliminates HIV-specific criminal laws that impose harsh and draconian penalties, including for activities that pose no risk of transmitting HIV. This bill is supported by public health officials because laws that criminalize HIV discourage people from getting tested and from seeking treatment, which impedes public health objectives of eliminating transmission of HIV. SB 239 would make HIV subject to the laws that apply to other serious communicable diseases, removing discrimination and stigma for people living with HIV and furthering public health. The bill is cosponsored by the Equality California, ACLU of California, APLA Health, Black AIDS Institute, Lambda Legal and Positive Women’s Network – USA.

SB 421 would replace California’s existing universal lifetime registration requirement for sex offenses with a tiered system based on the seriousness of the crime, the risk of reoffending and criminal history. There are over 100,000 registrants in California, far more than any other state, and California is one of only four states with a universal lifetime registry. Equality California is cosponsoring this bill to address the unfair circumstance of LGBT people who were targeted and often entrapped on charges that required registration when their actual actions hurt no one, including for simply engaging in same-sex contact when that action was criminalized in the past. These members of the LGBT community were required to register as sex offenders for life even though their convictions are now decades old and the law and its enforcement have changed, and the basis for many of these arrests was due to anti-LGBT discrimination and police entrapment. This bill would remove these people from the registry along with others in similar circumstances and put a new, efficient, risk-based system in place. This bill is cosponsored by Equality California, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).

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Media Advisory: DHF Teens 4 Equality PhotoVoice Youth Townhall 6-9-17

Immediate Release: June 2, 2017

Contact: Dean Welliver
Equality Organizer
dwelliver@doloreshuerta.org
O: 661-322-3033 ext. 1218 C: 661-331-4755

Dolores Huerta Foundation to host Bakersfield Community Health Photovoice Townhall

Who: Dolores Huerta Foundation’s Teen 4 Equality in collaboration with UCLA and Cultiva la Salud (Cultivating Health)

What: Photovoice Townhall explores health challenges and successes in Kern County through youth’s eyes

When: Friday, June 9th, 2017 from
5:00 – 6:30 PM

Where: Kern County Superintendent of Schools Access Building, 1330 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA – The Dolores Huerta Foundation will be hosting a Bakersfield Community Health Photovoice Townhall to engage educators, policy makers, elected officials, and the general community in conversations about the health challenges and successes that youth have identified in their community through the Photovoice project. Confirmed attendees include, Bryan Batey, KHSD Board of Trustees member, and Bob Smith, Bakersfield City Council Ward 4 and Vice Mayor. Other elected officials, including Rudy Salas and Zach Scrivner, have committed to sending representatives.

Photovoice pairs photographical documentation and written narrative to show decision makers health through the eyes of local youth. Photovoice allows youth the opportunity to share the solutions youth have envisioned to issues such as safe routes to school, healthy school meals, improved road maintenance, and improved access to public transportation.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a (501) non-profit dedicated to creating networks of healthy, organized communities pursuing social justice through systematic and structural transformation. Our youth program, Teens 4 Equality, has partnered with UCLA and Cultiva La Salud to conduct this Bakersfield Community Health Photovoice Townhall. This project offers high school youth in Kern County the opportunity to share their photos and narratives representing health challenges or successes in Kern County. The purpose is to inform and engage educators, policy makers, elected officials, and the general community in conversations about how to support these successes and what solutions the youth envision for the challenges. This is an opportunity engage with young people in our community who are actively seeking solutions to community issues that directly affect them.

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Media Advisory: KEJC offers LCAP workshops and encourages community to get involved in school budget process

 

Immediate Release: May 22, 2017

Contact: Gerald Cantu, Ph.D., Civic Engagement Director,

gcantu@doloreshuerta.org, O: 661-322-3033 ext. 1209, C: 661-249-0219

 

Kern Education Justice Collaborative offers LCAP workshops and encourages community to get involved in school budget process

Who: Kern Education Justice Collaborative, Dolores Huerta Foundation and Faith in Kern

What: Press Conference to announce free LCAP involvement training sessions and to encourage community participation in the LCAP Process

Where: Bakersfield High School, Corner of 14th and G Street, Bakersfield, CA (Across the street from BHS Harvey Auditorium)

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Bakersfield, CA – Kern High School District’s proposed 2017 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) has been released. LCAP plans will soon be released by all local school districts. At its core, the LCAP is designed to ensure that everyone has a voice in determining how funds can best support students. The Kern Education Justice Collaborative is holding a press conference to encourage the community to get involved and to announce a series of free workshops designed to train parents, students, and community members on how to provide valuable input to their respective districts on how to best allocate available resources to meet students’ needs. Parent engagement makes a significant difference in a child’s relationship to school and success. Studies show that students exhibit stronger attendance, pass more classes, earn more credits, are more likely to graduate on time, and less likely to drop-out. Students earn higher grade point averages and score higher on standardized tests. Students also improve behavior both at home and school.

In 2013, the state dramatically changed the way it funds school districts across the state by adopting the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). In addition to reversing cuts made during the Great Recession, the new law directs added resources to higher-need school districts, by giving them Supplemental and Concentration grant funding – equity-based dollars – tied to the number of low income, foster youth, and English learner students in each district. LCFF also gives districts more flexibility than they’d had in the past by replacing a host of “categorical” funding programs, which had strict requirements on what state dollars must be spent on, with more flexible grants that can be allocated to meet local needs.

To ensure that districts used their new flexibility wisely, the state also required them to meet new transparency and accountability standards. In particular, districts are required to publish a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) each year, which lays out their priorities and lists the specific actions and funding the district will leverage to accomplish those goals. Districts are required to consult with the community, including students, parents, and teachers, while developing their LCAPs.

The result of these changes is that districts are seeing increased investment from the state, and are also being called upon to more effectively match resources to student need. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is the formula for determining the level of state funding provided to districts across California. The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is LCFF’s vehicle for transparency and engagement. It is the way that school districts are expected to share and collect data, needs, actions and anticipated outcomes that guide the use of available funding. The intent of the legislation behind the LCFF is “equity” meaning the LCAP budget should reflect an increase and improved services for the neediest students: low Income, English Language Learners and Foster Youth.

In the proposed LCAP, more than half of KHSD’s equity-based dollars will go to district-wide expenditures (55%), rather than being targeted to specific campuses. Of the $48 million KHSD receives for high-need students, only $15.7 million, or 32%, is allocated by school site. While many of the District’s campuses are likely to need the services and programs set out in the “All Sites” category, it nonetheless appears that KHSD can be more aggressive about ensuring that more dollars go to the specific schools with the highest need.

Only 32% of Kern High graduates meet the A-G eligibility requirements with a C or better, allowing them to enter a four-year public university – this is more than 10 points below the state average of 43%. This overall level reflects considerable disparities: white students fare the best at 38%, Latina/o students at 29%, and Black students at 25%. The socioeconomically disadvantaged are only passing A-G courses at 21%. Only 1.5% of English language learners are UC/CSU eligible.

Kern High School District has high suspension rates with 5,471 out-of-school suspensions, with 22% of suspensions for willful defiance, plus 2,760 in-school suspensions with 90% being attributed to willful defiance. African Americans represent 16% of all school suspensions even though they represent only 5.9% of the population. For health indicators, only 20% of students are scoring in the healthy fitness zone for 9th graders for body composition and 11.7% for aerobic capacity. School disciplinary policies and parent engagement are two significant factors that not only impact a student’s educational outcome but also their health.

Harsh disciplinary school practices, such as suspension and expulsion, have a negative correlation with student health. They push students away from having a strong level of connectedness with school, which is an important protective factor for preventing tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. Increased parent engagement is another protective factor to prevent these behaviors, and improve positive academic achievement. It is crucial that the community get involved in the LCAP process to address these disparities and make recommendations to help Kern High School District take advantage of the changes created by LCFF to improve the health and educational outcomes of its students.

Trainings are as follows:

BAKERSFIELD WORKSHOPS – KHSD/BCSD

Session 1: General LCAP Overview
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM
Access Building
1330 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Session 2: LCAP Analysis and Recommendations

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM
506 E. Brundage Lane
Bakersfield, CA 93307

SOUTH KERN /GREENFIELD WORKSHOPS – AUSD/LESD/VSD/GUSD

Session 1: General LCAP Overview
Thursday, May 18, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM

Session 2: LCAP Analysis
Monday, May 22, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM

Session 3: Identify LCAP Priorities
Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM

Session 4: Determine LCAP Recommendations
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM

141 N. A St., Suite E
Arvin, CA 93203

Dinner and childcare will be provided.

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Media Advisory: KEJC Press Conference to announce LCAP workshops and encourage community involvement in school budget process 5-23-17, 5pm

 

Immediate Release: May 23, 2017
Contact: Gerald Cantu, Ph.D.
Civic Engagement Director
gcantu@doloreshuerta.org
O: 661-322-3033 ext. 1209, C: 661-249-0219

 

Kern Education Justice Collaborative offers LCAP workshops and encourages community to get involved in school budget process

Who: Kern Education Justice Collaborative, Dolores Huerta Foundation and Faith in Kern

What: Press Conference to announce free LCAP involvement training sessions and to encourage community participation in the LCAP Process

Where: Bakersfield High School, Corner of 14th and G Street, Bakersfield, CA (Across the street from BHS Harvey Auditorium)

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Bakersfield, CA – Kern High School District’s proposed 2017 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) has been released. LCAP plans will soon be released by all local school districts. At its core, the LCAP is designed to ensure that everyone has a voice in determining how funds can best support students. The Kern Education Justice Collaborative is holding a press conference to encourage the community to get involved and to announce a series of free workshops designed to train parents, students, and community members on how to provide valuable input to their respective districts on how to best allocate available resources to meet students’ needs. Parent engagement makes a significant difference in a child’s relationship to school and success. Studies show that students exhibit stronger attendance, pass more classes, earn more credits, are more likely to graduate on time, and less likely to drop-out. Students earn higher grade point averages and score higher on standardized tests. Students also improve behavior both at home and school.

In 2013, the state dramatically changed the way it funds school districts across the state by adopting the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). In addition to reversing cuts made during the Great Recession, the new law directs added resources to higher-need school districts, by giving them Supplemental and Concentration grant funding – equity-based dollars – tied to the number of low income, foster youth, and English learner students in each district. LCFF also gives districts more flexibility than they’d had in the past by replacing a host of “categorical” funding programs, which had strict requirements on what state dollars must be spent on, with more flexible grants that can be allocated to meet local needs.

To ensure that districts used their new flexibility wisely, the state also required them to meet new transparency and accountability standards. In particular, districts are required to publish a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) each year, which lays out their priorities and lists the specific actions and funding the district will leverage to accomplish those goals. Districts are required to consult with the community, including students, parents, and teachers, while developing their LCAPs.

The result of these changes is that districts are seeing increased investment from the state, and are also being called upon to more effectively match resources to student need. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is the formula for determining the level of state funding provided to districts across California. The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is LCFF’s vehicle for transparency and engagement. It is the way that school districts are expected to share and collect data, needs, actions and anticipated outcomes that guide the use of available funding. The intent of the legislation behind the LCFF is “equity” meaning the LCAP budget should reflect an increase and improved services for the neediest students: low Income, English Language Learners and Foster Youth.
*In the proposed LCAP, more than half of KHSD’s equity-based dollars will go to district-wide expenditures (55%), rather than being targeted to specific. Of the $48 million KHSD receives for high-need students, only $15.7 million, or 32%, is allocated by school site. While many of the District’s campuses are likely to need the services and programs set out in the “All Sites” category, it nonetheless appears that KHSD can be more aggressive about ensuring that more dollars go to the specific schools with the highest need.

*Only 32% of Kern High graduates meet the A-G eligibility requirements with a C or better, allowing them to enter a four-year public university – this is more than 10 points below the state average of 43%. This overall level reflects considerable disparities: white students fare the best at 38%, Latina/o students at 29%, and Black students at 25%. The socioeconomically disadvantaged are only passing A-G courses at 21%. Only 1.5% of English language learners are UC/CSU eligible.

*Kern High School District has high suspension rates with 5,471 out-of-school suspensions, with 22% of suspensions for willful defiance, plus 2,760 in-school suspensions with 90% being attributed to willful defiance. African Americans represent 16% of all school suspensions even though they represent only 5.9% of the population. For health indicators, only 20% of students are scoring in the healthy fitness zone for 9th graders for body composition and 11.7% for aerobic capacity. School disciplinary policies and parent engagement are two significant factors that not only impact a student’s educational outcome but also their health.

Harsh disciplinary school practices, such as suspension and expulsion, have a negative correlation with student health. They push students away from having a strong level of connectedness with school, which is an important protective factor for preventing tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. Increased parent engagement is another protective factor to prevent these behaviors, and improve positive academic achievement. It is crucial that the community get involved in the LCAP process to address these disparities and make recommendations to help Kern High School District take advantage of the changes created by LCFF to improve the health and educational outcomes of its.

*Information derived from the Advancement Project Policy Brief 2017. The full text is available upon request.

Trainings are as follows:

BAKERSFIELD WORKSHOPS – KHSD/BCSD

Session 1: General LCAP Overview
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM
Access Building
1330 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Session 2: LCAP Analysis and Recommendations
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM
506 E. Brundage Lane
Bakersfield, CA 93307

SOUTH KERN /GREENFIELD WORKSHOPS – AUSD/LESD/VSD/GUSD

Session 1: General LCAP Overview
Thursday, May 18, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM

Session 2: LCAP Analysis
Monday, May 22, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM

Session 3: Identify LCAP Priorities
Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM

Session 4: Determine LCAP Recommendations
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM

141 N. A. St., Suite E
Arvin, CA 93203

Dinner and childcare will be provided at all trainings.

Training based on A Parent’s Guide to School Funding: Learning the Fundamentals About LCFF and LCAP, produced by Families in Schools: Building Partnerships for Student Success. Full text available upon request.

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Media Advisory: Dolores Huerta Foundation Presents Free Screening of “Raising Zoey”

Who: The Dolores Huerta Foundation in collaboration with Building Healthy Communities, South Kern and the California Endowment

What: Presentation of the film “Raising Zoey” followed by a panel discussion with film stars Ofelia and Zoey and director Dante Alencastre

When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93304

Register on Eventbrite to RSVP @https://www.facebook.com/events/267825010346230

Bakersfield, CA – Raising Zoey is a heartwarming film about a family faced with the insurmountable challenges of a youth’s gender transition. This pioneering documentary, RAISING ZOEY, which follows one of Los Angeles’ bravest, and youngest, trans rights activists, Zoey Luna (last year’s LA Pride’s Grand Marshall) just after winning a case against her school district for discrimination, as she begins hormone treatments and publicly advocates for change with her mother and sister always by her side. From Latino filmmaker, Dante Alencastre.

Instinctively and unconditionally supporting her daughter’s journey, Ofelia reaches out to a community beyond her resources for guidance and knowledge. “Zoey is not special because she is trans. She is special because she is my child.”

Join Zoey Luna, her mother Ofelia, and director Dante Alencastre for a panel after the screening

The Dolores Huerta Foundation Equality Program partners with community organizations and community members throughout Kern County and California to advance and protect the rights of the LGBT community while promoting inclusion and their wellbeing. The Dolores Huerta Foundation Equality Team has initiated a youth-led bilingual public awareness campaign to promote family acceptance, safer school climate, and come together to discuss strategies and solutions for improving issues negatively affecting LGBT youth. In addition, they have created public education workshops and trainings to inform allies and the community at large in Kern County about LGBT identity, rights, and culture.

Contact: Moises Duran, DHF Equality Organizer
(661) 578-0140, mduran@doloreshuerta.org

 

Dolores Huerta and the Dolores Huerta Foundation Mourn the Loss of Helen Chavez

Dolores Huerta and the Dolores Huerta Foundation Mourn the Loss of Helen Chavez

I am heartbroken by Helen Chavez’s passing. She was a dear friend whom I admired and cared for deeply. She was the godmother of my son Emilio Huerta and a great support for all of my children, especially during the early years when we struggled against great obstacles to form the United Farm Workers.

Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She will be dearly missed. My prayers and deepest condolences are with her family during this difficult time.

Helen was somewhat of a reluctant hero who always believed she was just doing her job. She served her family and the United Farm Workers humbly and diligently. She managed their home life to free her husband, the late Cesar Chavez, for the important work of organizing. She was a rock and the unwavering foundation of the UFW. Cesar could not have accomplished all that he did without her physical and emotional support. She also supported the volunteers and staff of the UFW. She made sure Cesar’s legacy would continue in his children and grandchildren.

As much as Helen cherished her privacy, she always made time for marches and picket lines. Although she disdained publicity, she didn’t hesitate to lend her voice to a good cause. For instance, she recently spoke out in a campaign appealing to the New York Times to stop using ethnic and racial stereotypes. She called on them to use the word “undocumented” instead of “illegal” when referring to farm workers and Latinos immigrants.

While we mourn the loss of an incredible woman, we also celebrate her remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people everywhere to work hard and dedicate themselves to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.

We can honor Helen’s example of service, accomplishment and modesty, by continuing to work for that which she and Cesar dedicated their lives to: promoting the civil rights of others and pursuing social justice for all. !Si Se Puede! – Dolores Huerta

Photo credit: C. Legerrette - Dolores Huerta and Helen Chavez taken at the 50th Anniversary Convention of the UFW

Photo credit: Carlos LeGerrette – Dolores Huerta & Helen Chavez. Los Angeles 2001

America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century Now Available

America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century Now Available

8834a816d5e92d9d279935d7_372x560Today, America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century is now available to purchase online and at your local bookstore.

This first biography of my father is very readable and it’s telling of why my father became an organizer and how his efforts were impacted by the historic times in which he lived. Labor journalist and author Gabriel Thompson shares the stories of the courageous men and women who my father trained to become leaders in the fight for social justice. Amongst those he mentored were some of the most influential organizers in American history including Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Thompson helps to recover a forgotten chapter of American history and provides vital lessons for all organizers today.

Take a look at this great review for America’s Social Arsonist in the San Francisco Chronicle!

You can order your own copy of America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century here online or pick one up at your local bookstore.

I would be grateful to have your help spread the word of the book’s release to all your friends and family.

There’s also currently a special, limited-time promotion through UC Press, which is offering a 30% off the price of the book. You can purchase the book at this website and enter the code “16M4197” to receive the discount.

You can also follow’s the book’s Facebook page here.

If you would like to host a book event, class presentation, web discussion or anything else, please email thompson.gabriel@gmail.com.

In Solidarity,
Fred

News: Chavez, Huerta statues installed in downtown Napa

News: Chavez, Huerta statues installed in downtown Napa

Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta – in bronzed and larger-than-life form – now look out over residents and visitors in downtown Napa.

The 9-foot-tall statues of the pioneering farm worker rights activists were installed early Wednesday morning in a niche above the entry of a Main Street building owned by Michael L. Holcomb, the Napa developer who sponsored the artworks.

The bronze figures look out across Main Street and Veterans Memorial Park to the Napa River and the hills to the east.

Read the full article here Chavez, Huerta statues installed in downtown Napa 

News: Guardian Finds Kern County Police Department Deadliest in the Nation

News: Guardian Finds Kern County Police Department Deadliest in the Nation

Since 2013, the Dolores Huerta Foundation has called for changes in Kern County Law Enforcement’s approach to public safety, more oversight and transparency when it comes to use of force, and a more fair system for investigating complaints of excessive force and controversial homicides. The Guardian report revealing that among all US counties, Kern County saw the most deaths per capita at the hands of law enforcement, is alarming and confirms that there is a crisis here that needs to be addressed. Such excessive force by certain officers in law enforcement is particularly disturbing given its disproportionate impact on people of color.

The DHF is grateful for ethical and law-abiding police officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep the community safe. However, the community has the right to demand that bad apples, within the institution, be held accountable. Criminal behavior left unchecked taints the entire institution. A system lacking transparency and sufficient oversight is not serving the public interest and must be reformed. “The DHF will work with local partners and community members to find the solutions needed to help the community restore their trust with local law enforcement,” says Camila Chavez, Executive Director, Dolores Huerta Foundation.

#policereformnowKern

Read the full article here The County: the story of America’s deadliest police

Lee el articulo en El Popular El condado de Kern cuenta con la Policía más mortífera de Estados Unidos

DHF Vecinos Unidos® “United Neighbors”  Celebrate Parent Training Graduation 11/18/15

DHF Vecinos Unidos® “United Neighbors” Celebrate Parent Training Graduation 11/18/15

Dolores Huerta Foundation Vecinos Unidos “United Neighbors”, in collaboration with the Lamont School District, continue ongoing efforts to improve educational outcomes by completing a 10 Week Parent Training Program to Promote Strategies for Authentic Parent Engagement

The research is clear that when schools and families support each other, students of all backgrounds and various abilities achieve at higher levels. The DHF Vecinos Unidos are bringing together parents, students, community members, and Lamont School District Administrators to increase active participation, communication, and collaboration between parents, schools, and communities with the goal of improving educational outcomes for low income, minority students in rural areas and educating the whole child to ensure student achievement and success.

The 10 Week Parent Training Program, which began on September 3rd. , provided families with the valuable tools needed to navigate the educational system and advocate for the best possible educational experience for their children. Workshops addressed the following topics: Strategies for Authentic Parent Engagement, Understanding and Getting Involved in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), Lamont School District Parent Center Classes, the Dolores Huerta Foundation & Lamont School District Partnership and more. Engaging and empowering parents, and students, to become actively involved in the educational process and policy will ultimately lead to significant gains across the board in student achievement.

See news coverage of this event by clicking on the following links.

“DHF sigue entrenando a los padres en cómo convertirse en defensores de sus hijos” Telemundo, Nov. 18th, 2015.
“20 Parents Graduate a Lamont Parent Training Facilitated by DHF in Partnership with Lamont School District,” KERO/23 Nov. 18th., 2015.

Learn more about the work that the DHF is doing in education by liking the Kern Educational Justice Collaborative Facebook Page.

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Dolores Huerta is Bestowed “Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca” Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle Award 11/17/15

Dolores Huerta is Bestowed “Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca” Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle Award 11/17/15

On Tuesday, November 17th, the Mexican Embassy in the United States, on behalf of President Enrique Peña Nieto and Ambassador Miguel Basáñez, bestowed “Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca” – Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle Award – to Dolores Huerta for her exemplary work in promoting an understanding of Mexico in the United States and encouraging cultural and social engagement between the two countries. The ceremony was held at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.  Art curator, Dr. Barbara Tenenbaum and attorney, José Villarreal also received the award.

During the ceremony Ambassador Basáñez recognized the unwavering path of each of the winners as advocates and friends of his country and of the Mexican community on both sides of the border. He said, “Dolores, the Government of Mexico thanks you and congratulates you for all you have accomplished in your lifetime, including your continuing support for the most vulnerable populations in this country, especially Mexican farm workers and their families.”

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The “Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca” was established in 1933, and is the highest decoration awarded by the Mexican Government to foreign nationals as an acknowledgment of outstanding services rendered to Mexico or mankind. It was created by a decree on December 29, 1933 by President Abelardo L. Rodriguez.

President Dwight Eisenhower, Senator Edward Kennedy (posthumously), former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, are among previous US recipients.

Patiño Moore Legacy Award Awarded Jointly to Dolores Huerta and Marian Wright Edelman 11/8/15

Patiño Moore Legacy Award Awarded Jointly to Dolores Huerta and Marian Wright Edelman 11/8/15

Two luminaries of social justice, Marian Wright Edelman and Dolores Huerta, were jointly awarded the Patiño Moore Legacy Award in New Orleans on November 8, 2015, in recognition of their work to unite Black and Brown communities in a shared vision of economic and social well-being.

The Patiño Moore Legacy Award was created jointly by AFBE, Hispanics in Philanthropy and Marguerite Casey Foundation. The award is named after Dr. Douglas Patiño and Wenda Weekes Moore for their ongoing legacy of work to improve relations between Black and Brown communities. Dr. Patiño, vice chancellor emeritus for the California State University system, is a board member of Marguerite Casey Foundation. Mrs. Moore is a former trustee of W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a former board member of the Council on Foundations.

This year, the California Endowment also co-sponsored the award, which was presented to Huerta and Edelman at a board meeting of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald, director of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office, accepted the award on behalf of Mrs. Edelman. Each recipient will receive an award totaling $125,000.

“It is our honor to recognize the work of these two pioneering women, each of whom have worked diligently to incorporate discussions about race into their work,” said Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation. “By raising the voices of children, of workers, of women, and of other disenfranchised people, they have had an undeniable impact on our country.”

Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez in 1962. Huerta, a skilled organizer and negotiator, was instrumental in many of the union’s successes, including strikes against California grape growers in the 1960s and 1970s. She became one of the union’s most visible spokespersons and also served as a critical voice, challenging gender discrimination within the farm worker movement. She stepped down from her leadership role in the UFW in 1999, but has never stopped in her work to improve the lives of workers, immigrants, and women. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2012. She is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which she founded in 2002.

Marian Wright Edelman is president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, one of the nation’s leading voices for children and families. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Mrs. Edelman — the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar — began her career by leading the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. After working with the Poor People’s Campaign (organized by Martin Luther King Jr. before his death) and the Washington Research Project, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973 as a voice for children, particularly poor children, children of color, and children with disabilities. Edelman received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000.

ABFE – formerly known as The Association of Black Foundation Executives – promotes effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. Hispanics in Philanthropy works to strengthen partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities. Marguerite Casey Foundation, an independent national grantmaking foundation, exists to help low-income families elevate their voice and mobilize their communities in order to achieve a more just and equitable society for all.

Hispanics in Philanthropy works to strengthen partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities.

Marguerite Casey Foundation, an independent national grantmaking foundation, exists to help low-income families elevate their voice and mobilize their communities in order to achieve a more just and equitable society for all.

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