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.
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
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.
Learn more about the work that the DHF is doing in education by liking the Kern Educational Justice Collaborative Facebook Page.
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.”
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.
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.
It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of our Vice President, Deacon Salvador Alvarez. Sal was an educator, activist, and leader in the faith community. “He was a selfless person who worked tirelessly, giving totally of himself to improve the lives of youth and communities of color,” said President, Dolores Huerta
He played a pivotal role in the passage of IRCA, The Immigration Reform Act of 1986 which gave amnesty to millions of undocumented residents. He was a founder of the Hispanic Round Table in San Jose, which advocated for the Latino community. Their collaboration with Harvard University accomplished major changes in the practices of the Juvenile Court system to end discrimination against Latino and African American youth.
Sal worked as a legislative advocate to protect the Agricultural Labor Relations act. Prior to becoming ill, he was working full time on legislation to reform California’s worker’s compensation laws.
His widow, Sylvia Alvarez has asked that we share the following message:
My beloved husband was called home by God on Sunday evening, June 7, 2015, the Feast of Corpus Cristi. Our family is grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Sal’s life as an instrument of the Holy Spirit.
On behalf of my family, I kindly ask that you please widely disseminate the following information for Sal’s funeral services.
The Vigil will be held
at 7pm on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
St. John Vianney Catholic Church
4600 Hyland Avenue
San Jose 95127
The Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose and Bishop Richard Garcia of the Diocese of Monterey
at 11am on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
St. John Vianney Catholic Church
4600 Hyland Avenue
San Jose 95127
To read more about Sal’s life and work, see links for the following articles:
Farm worker champion Sal Alvarez: A life grounded in faith and service
Sal Alvarez, Catholic deacon and social activist in San Jose, dies
Univision’s, Despierta America, featured DHF Community Organizer, Irlanda Ramirez. She spoke about her collaborative work with Arvin School District to educate the community about the negative health impacts of sugary sweet beverages. Her work is especially important because Kern County has among the highest rates of childhood obesity and diabetes in the state of California.
See the story here Dolores Huerta Foundation on Despierta America
Today, State Senators Holly Mitchell and Loni Hancock introduced “The Property Tax Fairness Amendment” (SCA 5) to finally close the corporate loopholes of Prop 13 and raise $9 BILLION to reinvest in our kids and communities.
Why do these identical properties in downtown LA pay such different amounts in local property tax? Loopholes in Prop 13 have allowed some corporations and wealthy property owners to shift their tax responsibility onto the backs of homeowners and renters.
It’s time to level this unfair playing field and #MakeItFairCA! Follow @Make It Fair CA on Facebook and Twitter (@MakeItFair_CA) for more details.”
On Monday night, expert, Dr. Jon Eyler presented a report to the Kern High School District board meeting indicating that African-American students are subject to double the rates of discipline as white students.
“Dr. Eyler’s Discipline Analysis Report validates the root causes of the advocacy work that Dolores Huerta Foundation has been doing with parents for the last three years. Implicit biases are so intrinsic in KHSD that is definitely something the district has to address. When we help parents learn their rights, get organized, and provide training in how to advocate for their children, they gain the power to change policies that put their children at an educational disadvantage and improve schools for all children.” Says Erika M. Brooks, Education Program Manager of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Read the article by clicking HERE.
The induction of Fred Ross Sr. into the California Hall of Fame coincides with the publication of an E-Book, Axioms for Organizers by Fred Ross Sr., Trailblazer for Social Justice. The bilingual E-book (English & Spanish) is a treasure trove of axioms culled from five decades of organizing for racial and economic justice throughout the United States. It will be used as part of ongoing training of the next generation of community and labor organizers. It will be available for to download across all electronic book mediums.
Click here to learn more about Axioms for Organizers by Fred Ross Sr., Trailblazer for Social Justice.
Read more about the induction of Fred Ross Sr. into the California Hall of Fame by clicking here.
“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.
Read article Here
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.
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Entrevista con Dolores Huerta en Al Punto con Jorge Ramos este domingo, el 3 de agosto, a las 11 de la mañana.
CBS This Morning’s Michelle Miller featured a piece on the work of Dolores Huerta.
View the article and video by clicking on this link.
Durante la entrevista, Dolores Huerta dijo que la fundacion esta recolectando fondos y buscando organizadores, y les enseña como organizarse para realizar acciones colectivas grandes que se requieran en su comunidad.
Ella también habló sobre los sindicatos de los trabajadores como su única forma de organización y las organizaciones en contra de ellos, mencionando que todos los trabajadores tienen sus derechos sin importar su situación migratoria.
También menciona la falta de apoyo por parte de Kevin McCarthy con las reformas de inmigración y por lo tanto de la necesidad de apoyo de la gente y las corporaciones.
Video: Dolores Huerta Interview with Washington Correspondent Ione Molinares, 6/13/14
During the Interview, Dolores Huerta said the fundation is collecting funds and looking for organizers, and teaches them how to organize for large collective actions required in their community.
She also talked about the workers syndicate as their unique form of organization and the organizations against them, mentioning that all workers have rights no matter their migratory situation.
Also mentioned the lack of support from Kevin McCarthy (Kern Congressman) with the immigration reform and therefore need of support from the people and corporations.
Above video is in spanish.
The Kern Education Justice Collaborative will hold a press conference to present their recommendations for the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to the Kern High School District and to insist on partnership and inclusion in the historic process of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
Monday, May 5, 2014, 6:00 pm
KHSD Board Offices, 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309
The LCAP is part of the local control funding formula (LCFF) legislation. LCFF is arguably the biggest change to hit California schools in the last 50 years. To assist in LCFF implementation, districts like KHSD are developing LCAPs to meet state guidelines for funding. LCFF is designed to make sure that schools with less are going to receive more money.
These additional funds, in the form of supplemental and concentration grants based on need, are intended to correct the inequities faced by students in poverty, English language learners and foster youth.
KEJC will make a wide variety of recommendations to help ensure the money is spent according to the legislation, but the primary targets of concern are improving the relationship between parent and district, and repairing the school climate by implementing restorative justice.
The LCAP includes parent engagement and school climate as key state education priorities. Districts will be required to solicit input from parents and community members when deciding how to use state funds.
The Kern Education Justice Collaborative is comprised of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Central California Legal Services, Kern Community Leadership Coalition and concerned citizens.
WOODLAKE — In efforts to deter the consumption of certain sugary drinks at school grounds, Parents Advocating for Our Children’s Health voiced their concerns last week during a presentation to the Woodlake Unified School District board of trustees.
“The flavored milk is not the nutritional equivalent of unflavored milk,” said Irlanda Ramírez of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
To see the full article, read here: Woodlake Parents Concerned About Flavored Milk
From Aljazeera America: “In an exclusive interview this week with The Stream ranging from the latest “Cesar Chavez” movie to issues impacting Latinos in the United States, prominent labor rights activist Dolores Huerta said that getting U.S. Latinos to express their political power through voting is the biggest challenge facing one of the country’s fastest-growing and most populous minority groups.
“We have many people who are comfortable to vote but just don’t vote,” Huerta said on the phone from her office in Bakersfield, Calif.
Her comments come at a time when voter turnout for eligible Latinos has declined, according to Pew. Although a record number of Latinos – an estimated 11.2 million – voted in the 2012 national elections, turnout was at 48%. This is a drop from 2008, when an estimated 49.9% of eligible Latinos voted. In contrast, the 2012 turnout rate for blacks was 66.6% and 64.1% for whites.
Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) in 1962 with Cesar Chavez and now heads up the Dolores Huerta Foundation, believes that the lack of political interest has to do with how little value Latinos place in voting. Such revelations are important, she says, given that bills surrounding comprehensive immigration reform — strongly favored by Latino voters — still languish in Congress.”
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WHAT: Press Conference / Community Protest of Kern High School District Board Meeting
WHEN: Monday, March 3, 2014 6:30 pm Protest
WHERE: KHSD Board Offices, 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309
BACKGROUND: At a KHSD Board Meeting on Feb. 3, 2014, parents and community members expressed their concerns regarding the limitations of an internal search and asked the board to conduct an open search for a new superintendent.
1. On Feb 24, 2014 the board had a special meeting – with little advance notice, at 7:30 in the morning – as an opportunity for public comment to hear community members regarding the new superintendent position. The DHF Staff, CRLA and concerned parents again asked the board to consider open search and requested a time extension for the search.
2. On March 3, 2014, the board held another special meeting. The DHF presented nearly 700 signatures (in addition to the 200 collected online) of concerned Kern Community Members and asked the board to reconsider their refusal to conduct an open search.
3. On March 3, 2014 the KHSD officially announced that a new superintendent had been chosen.
The district continues to face challenges in regards to discipline and lack of ethnic and cultural representation in the leadership and staff compared to the demographics of the students within the district. The community believes there is a strong impetus to change the status quo and bring in a superintendent with a new perspective and fresh leadership ideas.
“We are extremely disappointed but not surprised about the decision of the Kern High School District Board to promote the new Superintendent from within the ranks of KHSD. They refuse to respect the wishes of the community. We are subject to the decisions of an old boys network,” Dolores Huerta Foundation President, Dolores Huerta.
CONTACT: Erika Brooks, DHF Education Director (559) 909-1485
Camila Chavez, DHF Executive Director (415) 377-4184