The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell ft. Dolores Huerta

lCYMI: Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta tells Lawrence O’Donnell that it’s important that states prioritize farmworkers for the Covid-19 vaccines because “these are the people that are putting the food on your table.”

Watch NOW! https://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/labor-leader-dolores-huerta-on-prioritizing-agricultural-workers-for-the-covid-vaccines-102818885689?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_lw&fbclid=IwAR2vpMoPUTYBzV6xe9-BXCEyWpqxfWoXPZfI859DICyE6-Oj8SWopQ26UNQ

KGET: Dolores Huerta’s role in farm labor movement featured in virtual exhibit coming to Bakersfield College!

Dolores Huerta’s role in farm labor movement featured in virtual exhibit coming to #BakersfieldCollege — The prominent role played by Dolores Huerta will be featured in a virtual exhibit available to view beginning Feb. 12. read more: https://www.kget.com/news/local-news/dolores-huertas-role-in-farm-labor-movement-featured-in-virtual-exhibit-coming-to-bakersfield-college/

To read the official DHF Media Advisory visit: https://doloreshuerta.org/dolores-huerta-revolution-in-the-fields-at-bakersfield-college-media-advisory/

University of La Verne presents Dolores Huerta with Honorary Doctorate Degree at 2021 Virtual Commencement

Executive Director Camila Chavez’s closing remarks [15:01] Honorary Degree Recognition for Dolores [23:46]

During these times, education has taken a different approach; we understand that this is not easy. We would like to congratulate graduating classes for their commitment & accomplishments View Exec. Dir. Camila’s remarks for La Verne’s Virtual Commencement.

Dolores Huerta Arrested at Fresno Home Care Workers Union Protest

Dolores Huerta Arrested at Fresno Home Care Workers Union Protest

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.”

To learn more, visit the link below.

Image by Craig Kohlruss via The Fresno Bee/Associated Press

Teens 4 Equality in Action: Beyond Our Closets – LGBTQ Youth Speak Out for Family Acceptance

Teens 4 Equality in Action: Beyond Our Closets – LGBTQ Youth Speak Out for Family Acceptance

On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 DHF Teens 4 Equality with support from DHF Equality Organizer, Dean Welliver, hosted Beyond Our Closets: LGBTQ Youth Speak Out for Family Acceptance. The event commemorated National Coming Out Day. Teens 4 Equality leaders  Emily, Chyna, Nena, Dennis, Andrew, and Julian led a panel discussion in which they shared touching, often emotional, but also joyful and hopeful stories about coming out and family acceptance. Through their experiences of coming out as LGBTQ youth in the 2010s, they related what they want parents and the community to know about LGBTQ youth and offered suggestions for how families and the community can be more supportive.

Dennis asked for people to take him seriously and not see his identity as some sort of joke.

Chyna suggested families make this topic a part of normal family discussion.

Julian made a simple but powerful request, “Just hug your kid. A real hug – not a weak side hug! Tell them you love them, and say it like you really mean it!”

There was one overarching message for family and community, “Be openminded. Be willing to change your opinions and learn something new.”

Following the panel there was time for questions and comments between attendees and panelists. The courage and honesty of the youth inspired attendees to open up and share some of their own stories and explore what family acceptance means to them.

See news coverage of the event at this link.

DHF in Action: Two Spirit Gathering event for indigenous LGBTQ people, Fri. 4/14 – Sun. 4/16/17

DHF in Action: Two Spirit Gathering event for indigenous LGBTQ people, Fri. 4/14 – Sun. 4/16/17

DHF Equality Program Organizer, Moises Duran, and several youth from the Teens 4 LGBTQ Equality Group spent part of their Spring Break attending a Two Spirit Gathering event for indigenous LGBTQ people. The event was held at a private sanctuary and ceremonial gathering place on the Tule River. The 12 acres of pristine undeveloped land in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains are situated within the Sequoia National Forest.

Activities were planned to build respect for the LGBTQ community and bring humanity together. They included a Mexica Temazcall lodge, a danza circle, other native dancing, land and water restoration and stewardship, and camping for a group of about 100 people.

The group created a sacred sacred community altar to commemorate and honor indigenous/Native LGBTQ individuals who have been murdered and might otherwise be forgotten.

 

DHF In the News: Dolores Huerta Foundation protests impending KHSD gun vote, 10/3/16

DHF In the News: Dolores Huerta Foundation protests impending KHSD gun vote, 10/3/16

20161003_184706Members of the Dolores Huerta Foundation Monday protested an impending decision by the Kern High School District board of trustees that would allow employees to carry guns on campus.

The decision, which has been put off for months, would be an extension of an earlier decision this year allowing non-employee concealed carry weapon permit holders to bring their guns onto high school campuses.

A vote on the matter was not on the agenda Monday night.

Before Monday’s board meeting, Huerta said the decision works contrary to something the state of California and Gov. Jerry Brown have been working to establish: better school climate.

“I can’t think of anything less welcoming to students than having guns in classrooms,” Huerta said, calling on board members to rescind the policy they passed allowing non-employees to carry firearms on campus.

The $1 million insurance policy the district requires for non-employees to carry firearms is not enough, Huerta added.

“I don’t think KHSD needs any more lawsuits against them. You’ve already lost quite a lot,” Huerta said.

2016 WMNL: Equality

2016 WMNL: Equality

Equality

In January 2016, the Dolores Huerta Foundation launched its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Program. Equality Organizers, Moises Duran and Dean Welliver, are working to organize students, families, and community members to take a more pronounced and active role in creating safe and welcoming school climates, mobilizing the LGBT vote, addressing health inequalities like STD transmission rates and lack of health care services for transgender residents, and providing safe spaces for LGBT and straight allied youth to grow as leaders! DHF launched the program to address the inequalities that LGBT residents of Kern County are experiencing in the areas of health, education, youth, and civic engagement.

They started the group Teens 4 LGBT Equality. It is currently the only active community based youth group in Kern County providing engaging and fun extracurricular activities focused on building community and learning about LGBT identities and rights.

While California does have legal protections safeguarding LGBT student’s rights, Kern High School District (KHSD) has failed to make all students feel safe. KHSD Board of Trustees member Chad Vegas stated publicly that LGBT students are “sexually perverse” and “mentally ill” at a school board meeting addressing a non-discrimination policy intended to protect transgender students. He invited parishioners from his church who made disparaging comments towards the LGBT community, including the malicious misgendering of a trans-woman giving public comment. In the face of these hostile and traumatic attacks, the LGBT community showed great strength and poise and was ultimately able to celebrate the policy approval.

LGBT Youth Prom

Youth in Kern County experience a lack of LGBT-inclusive social spaces. On June 17th, the DHF Teens 4 LGBTQ Equality group planned “Let Your Queer Glow”- the first teen-led Kern County LGBT youth dance. They transformed the Bakersfield Gay and Lesbian Center into a glowing neon space galaxy. Over fifty of their peers danced and enjoyed themselves without having to worry about potential backlash from other students and staff.

Fifteen year-old West High Student Toni attended the dance and said, “My favorite part was that I could talk with people that know what I’m going through. You get to be yourself and celebrate it. It’s really fun.”

“Joining Teens 4 LGBTQ Equality has had a positive impact on my life, because I would have never done stuff like this before! It has motivated me to go outside of my comfort zone and try new things! My favorite part of being in the program is that I get to be involved in the community and meet other youth who are facing the same challenges we face and who understand our problems!” –Teen Leader, Paola Hinojosa.

LGBT Youth Advocacy Impacts KHSD Policy

Teens 4 LGBT Equality, Dolores Huerta Foundation and allied organizations working together to provide a safer school climate, education, and visibility for LGBTQ Youth and allies were given extensive training on the school budget process and the Local Control Accountability Plan, how to advocate for their educational needs, and in core competencies such as public speaking, outreach, and facilitating meetings. The curriculum also explored the school to prison pipeline, sexual education/health, power and oppression, bullying and victimization, student’s rights and a history of the LGBTQ movement.  Youth discussed their personal experiences and identified gaps in services and policies in the Kern High School District (KHSD). Through the LCAP process, youth were provided an opportunity to directly advocate for their needs and practice public speaking. Fifteen students attended several LCAP public input sessions and provided recommendations to the KHSD board.

The students advocated for cultural competency trainings for staff, implementation of the School Success and Opportunity Act (allowing all students to participate in activities regardless of their birth gender), anti-bullying policies and procedures, implementing the California Healthy Kids Survey to understand health needs, gender neutral restrooms and greater LGBTQ resources at parent centers and counselors’ offices. In the final LCAP, approved by the KHSD board in June, many of the recommendations were included such as hiring additional teachers to reduce class sizes, hiring more counselors to increase the accessibility of academic guidance, more advanced placement classes offered and staff cultural competency trainings.

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