James Garrison – Executive Board Member

James Garrison is president of Pacific Federal, LLC (PacFed) in Glendale.
Founded by Garrison in 1977, PacFed was acquired by Zenith American in 2017.

One of the nation’s largest employee benefit administrators, Zenith American provides health & retirement administration solutions to approximately 2-million families from over 45 Zenith-locations across the US. Jim has worked continuously in the health insurance industry for more than 40 years.

Among his many professional endeavors, Jim serves on the executive board of directors for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and as co-chair of its Health Care Council. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, El Proyecto del Barrio and Music Fund of Los Angeles, and chairman of the Development Council for Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles. He is a past member of the California Electoral College and the California Democratic Party Finance Council.

Jim has been the recipient of the Boys and Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley Golden Hands Award, Teamsters National Hispanic Caucus Community Award, Dolores Huerta Foundation Richard Chavez Memorial Award, Farmworker Justice Corporate and Social Responsibility Award, San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award and Southern California Chapter of the Teamsters National Black Caucus Excellence in Leadership Award.

PacFed was inducted into the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA), San Fernando Valley Business Hall of Fame in June 2019. Each year since 2016, Jim has been named among the San Fernando Valley’s most influential 200 business leaders by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

Garrison and his wife Rachel reside in Glendale, CA and have four grown children and eight grandchildren. They are past recipients of the March of Dimes Premiere Parents Award. One of their shared passions is making Chicano artwork accessible to Angelenos through their support of local artists and public exhibitions. Rachel and Jim enjoy boating and skiing.

Dolores Huerta Foundation Education Program Associate Job Announcement

Dolores Huerta Foundation Education Program Associate Job Announcement


The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a non-profit organization creating networks of healthy, organized communities pursuing social justice through systemic and structural transformation.


The DHF seeks to hire an education program associate to support DHF’s program to educate, train, organize, and engage community members to participate in voting and other forms of civic engagement. The education program associate will create curriculum and facilitate trainings in both English and Spanish for leadership development of volunteer residents ,parents, and students.


  1. Provide support to the Education Policy Director with planning and coordination of education the program, projects, and/or campaigns.
  2. Cultivate DHF participation in collaborations with partner organizations and allies working on educational justice.
  3. Maintain analysis and oversight of Local Control Accountability Plans in targeted school districts, including Arvin Union, Lamont, Vineland, Greenfield Union, Woodlake Unified, Lindsay Unified, Parlier Unified, Sanger Unified, Kern High,  Bakersfield City, Mojave Unified, Lancaster Unified, Palmdale Unified, Antelope Valley. 
  4. Research and compile data to inform and support DHF education program initiatives.
  5. Develop expertise in school climate, parent engagement, and community schools to support DHF’s advocacy work.
  6. Assist with developing student and parent training curriculum development using Popular Education techniques on comprehensive education and civic engagement topics.
  7. Facilitate trainings for parents and other community members on a variety of civic engagement and education curriculum in both Spanish and English.
  8. Create content for newsletters and various social media platforms to update community members and partners on our work.
  9. Provide weekly written reports to document activities, updates, and results via conference calls and timely updates.
  10. Other duties as assigned


The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experiences:

  • Experience and passion for community organizing
  • Experience in providing trainings
  • A proactive solutions-oriented approach
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (one on one and group dynamics), cultural competency,
    strong listening skills, and humor
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Excellent team player
  • Written and spoken proficiency in Spanish & English
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, Videoconference, google drive, & on-line navigation
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Strong collaborator, team player, able to adapt quickly to changing situations
  • Time management skills
  • Self-confidence and self-assurance
  • California Drivers License
  • Reliable transportation and auto insurance


Location: Fresno or Tulare County 

Hourly rate: $21.50
Excellent Medical, dental & vision benefits offered

Please send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:

Human Resources
Dolores Huerta Foundation
PO Box 2087
Bakersfield, CA 93303 OR 

Download PDF here https://doloreshuerta.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Education-Program-Associate-Job-Description-1.pdf

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.

FREE Community Based COVID-19 Testing

FREE Community Based COVID-19 Testing

Free #COVID19 testing is now available for all Valley residents! Visit: www.projectbaseline.com to register for an appointment TODAY!

Hours of Operation:

Sunday – Friday
8 am -11 am & 12 pm-2 pm


1126 South P Street, Gate 26
Bakersfield, CA 93307

An appointment is required to get tested. No walk-ups are allowed. This site is drive-thru only. All individuals are to remain in their cars, with windows up, during the entire test process.

Se requiere una cita para la prueba. No se permiten visitas sin cita previa. Este sitio es solo para pruebas de paso. Todas las personas deben permanecer en sus coches durante todo el proceso de prueba.

Desembolsar a la Policía del Distrito Escolar Kern High e invertir en la juventud!

Desembolsar a la Policía del Distrito Escolar Kern High e invertir en la juventud!

La colaborativa de justicia educativa del condado de Kern (KEJC): ¡Todos O Nadie, Construyendo Comunidades Saludables Sur de Kern, La Fundación Dolores Huerta, Fe en Vallé, Primero y Siempre Melanina, y El Movimiento Jakara, solicitan su apoyo para pedirle al distrito que recorte fondos del departamento policial del distrito de las Preparatorias de Kern (KHSD) para invertir en los estudiantes! Los departamentos de policía del condado de Kern tienen una historia larga de violencia y estos son los mismos oficiales que siempre acaban en el departamento de policía de KHSD y en nuestras escuelas.

Es hora de reinventar la seguridad escolar y poner fin a la criminalización de los estudiantes Afroamericanos y estudiantes Latinos en el condado de Kern.

¡Necesitamos su ayuda! El Distrito Escolar de las preparatorias de Kern adoptará su presupuesto el lunes 29 de junio de 2020.

Como apoyar la campaña:

1. Firma nuestra petición para recortar fondos de la policía de KHSD y comprométete a enviarla a 5 amigos o familiares. Lenguaje de petición en español aquí Peticion: bit.ly/Sign2DefundKernHighPolice

2. Firme nuestra carta de apoyo organizacional 

3. Envíe un comentario público al Distrito Escolar de las Preparatorias de Kern para la reunión de la junta de la mesa directiva del 29 de junio.

4. Comparta cualquier gráfico en sus redes sociales utilizando nuestro kit para redes sociales: AQUÍ

DÍA DE PLAZO ES 29 DE JUNIO DE 2020 a las 12:00 p.m.

Cómo enviar comentarios públicos:

Envíe un correo electrónico a publiccomment@kernhigh.org o llame al (833) 827-3708 para dejar un correo de voz no más de 3 minutos.

Muestra de Comentario público

 Comentario público para la reunión de la Junta del 29 de junio de 2020 sobre el “presupuesto 2020-21”

Hola mi nombre es ________. Yo soy un [estudiante, padre, miembro de la comunidad, parent,etc] del Distrito de las Preparatorias en Kern. Yo estoy urgiendo que los miembros de la mesa directiva adopten un presupuesto para el año 2020-21 que recorte los fondos del departamento de policía de las Preparatorias en Kern y inverta en los jóvenes.  POLICÍAS NO PERTENECEN EN LAS ESCUELAS. Es tiempo de reimaginar la seguridad escolar, despenalizar estudiantes Afroamericanos y Latinos, y invertir aproximadamente $4 millones para:

  • Contratar consejeros, trabajadores sociales, psicólogos, médicos de salud mental y enfermeras adicionales.
  • Contratar maestros de varias etnicidades que reflejen la población estudiantil.
  • Implementar estudios étnicos.
  • Contratar practicantes de justicia restaurativa y eliminar a todos los policías de los modelos de justicia restaurativa e intervención y apoyo de comportamiento positivo. [agregar cualquier otra sugerencia para el presupuesto]

Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz y mandar esta información a otras personas. 

Síganos en instagram @KernEducationJusticeCollab y Facebook KernEducationJusticeCollaborative

Sanger and Parlier Vecinos Unidos Distribute Food and Increase 2020 Census Count

Sanger and Parlier Vecinos Unidos Distribute Food and Increase 2020 Census Count

In triple digit heat in mid-June, the Sanger and Parlier Vecinos Unidos distributed over 200 boxes of food to families in need. They are addressing a food insecurity situation afflicting the Central Valley’s most vulnerable communities as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Vecinos Unidos also assisted over 40 families in self reporting for the 2020 Census, on site. They distributed information encouraging the other families receiving food to get counted.

Over all DHF Vecinos Unidos have distributed over 23,000 pounds of food in Lindsay, Raisin City, Carruthers, Parlier, Lake LA, Lamont, Arvin and Bakersfield. Boxes contain essential food items and basic staples including canned goods, potatoes, tuna, chicken, milk, beans green beans and soups.

In addition, Vecinos Unidos have assisted more than 300 families in completing the 2020 Census and have educated many others on the importance of getting every member of their families and communities counted.