West Marin Community Services in conjuction with the Dolores Huerta Foundation, is proud to present 

West Marin, ¡Sí Se Puede! An Evening with Dolores Huerta.

Friday, August 30th, 2019

West Marin Elementary School at 11550 Shoreline Hwy, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

5:00 – 8:30 pm

The evening event will commence at five-thirty with music and food for the attendees. The program will begin at 7pm with an introduction of Dolores Huerta in English and in Spanish. This will be a free event, so that family members, regardless of income, can attend. Childcare will be provided. 

Register for FREE tickets at this link RSVP for West Marin, ¡Sí Se Puede! An Evening with Dolores Huerta.

Please support this event!

While “¡Sì Se Puede! West Marin.”” is a “free” event, it is not without cost to those of us who are organizing it. Many sponsors will be providing food and supplies, but in reality, we must raise funds to cover costs. 

We ask that you contribute generously. Tax deductible donations can be made by check and sent to DHF at P.O. Box 2087, Bakersfield CA 93303 or online using this link Donate to West Marin, ¡Sí Se Puede! An Evening with Dolores Huerta.

*Please be sure to note that you are supporting the West Marin ¡Sí Se Puede! Event

PADRINO Sponsors at the $1000 level will receive two VIP seats, a meet and greet opportunity with Dolores, their name/logo will be on screen on stage during the event and listed in the program, and they will receive a large signed poster featuring the iconic image of Dolores Huerta by renowned Chicana artist, Barbara Carrasco. 

PRIMO/A Sponsors at the $500 level will receive two VIP seats, their name/logo will be on screen on stage during the event and listed in the program, and they will receive a small signed poster.

AMIGO/A Sponsors at the $100 – $500 level will be listed in the program and receive a DH Poster. 

We are making a strong effort to have as much of the labor and resources donated, so there will be more funds available to support the important work of West Marin Community Services and the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Juanita Chavez, DHF Development and Communications Director at (661) 748-3430, jchavez@doloreshuerta.org and/or West Marin Community Services (415) 663-8361, info@westmarincs.org.

Dolores Huerta in Marin

Ms. Huerta is President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. “¡Sì Se Puede!” (Yes, We Can!) was the motto she coined for the United Farm Workers, which she co-founded with Cesar Chavez in 1962. In 2012, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. At 89, she continues to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice through her foundation.

Ms. Huerta was invited by West Marin Community Services, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services that enhance the unity and well-being of the diverse rural population of Point Reyes Station and neighboring ranches, farms and villages. 

The series of events is entitled, “¡Sì Se Puede! West Marin.” The first planned event is a morning assembly for grade school students from Point Reyes, Tomales and Bolinas-Stinson Beach. The second is an afternoon assembly for students from Tomales High School, where Dolores will focus on the importance of education, civic engagement, and the 2020 Census for all students regardless of their ethnicity, gender or legal status. Prior to her visit, the students will be exposed to curricula covering this focus and on Huerta’s life’s work in civil rights, including her time with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Her themes will be education, empowerment and weaving movements in the quest for unity and equity.

Also in August, under the auspices of the Marin County Library system, the PBS documentary “Dolores” has been shown in Bolinas, Point Reyes and Tomales. This documentary shows the remarkable life of a woman whose continued energy and focus would tire most us. Local libraries will feature books about Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. One book, “Lado a Lado (Side by Side) is a children’s book about both civil rights leaders. It will be available for purchase at Point Reyes Books. 

In 2017, Marin County had a median household income of $113,908, one of the highest in California. Point Reyes Station’s median household income, on the other hand, was $31,2501. This figure did not include the income of ranch workers living outside of the village. What’s more, this figure did not include the income of many Hispanic residents who were never counted in the last decennial census. In the 2010 census, for example, only 9 Hispanics were counted in the village of Tomales (population: 204), a datum which did not reflect the reality of its local school population. This travesty of inequity is a factor that could easily reoccur in 2020 if our communities fail to become unified and empowered to correct it. 

West Marin Community Services

West Marin Community Services provides a diverse range of services, not provided by other organizations or government programs, to support the residents of West Marin. By leveraging government resources and partnering with other non-profit organization, WMCS assures that “no one goes hungry” and that low-income families receive emergency services when needed. WMCS programs include a holiday food and gift program, summer swim classes for kids and fiscal sponsorship support for community partners who work within its mission, such as the Tomales Bay Youth Center, Point Reyes Farmers’ Market, Point Reyes Community Garden, and the Rotary Peace Garden at Toby’s. Many local residents patronize the West Marin Community Thrift Store, which is one of their programs. Its profits are distributed to families in need. 

WMCS initiated Abriendo Caminos (Finding our Path). With support from the Marin Community Foundation, Abriendo Caminos continues as a “partnership developed in 2014 between agencies in the West Marin Collaborative and the local Latino community to increase civic engagement and leadership.” Abriendo Camino trainings have occurred within the Latino communities of Tomales, Point Reyes, Bolinas and San Geronimo. 

Immigration became an unexpected additional topic for Abriendo Caminos, and WMCS began working with Standing Together West Marin, Canal Alliance, Mainstreet Moms, and other groups/volunteers to offer guidance, legal advice, etc. WMCS presented numerous Know Your Rights workshops and developed a West Marin Rapid Response System to send alerts, verify rumors of ICE actions, and coordinate volunteer assistance. 

First and foremost we will engage in a 2020 census campaign targeted to all West Marin residents, but particularly to our Latino communities. We will encourage the count of all family members–adult and child–covering all households and individuals in West Marin. 

2020 Census: According to a 2018 legislative analyst report, California could lose tens of millions of dollars in federal funds from a significant undercount. A complete and accurate count in 2020 is important for certain regions in the state, like West Marin, due to a misallocation of funding within the state. Many local governments receive federal and state funds that are based on population counts. “As a result, the potential loss of funds due to an undercount may have a greater impact on certain localities and their budgets relative to our state-level analysis.” It may be assumed that, because our region is located within Marin County, one of the richest counties in the state, there are few poor families in need of assistance in our rural area. An accurate 2020 census count will show that not to be the case. Our schools and our medical clinics depend upon such funding. 

Secondly, we need to continue the effort to empower our diverse communities–Anglo and Latino–for a common pursuit of equity and civil engagement. Our greatest defense against the Administration’s vile behavior against our immigrant population is to unite. We need to break down the barriers of communication by building leadership, such as we did with Abriendo Caminos, and empowering all our adult residents, whether they be documented or undocumented. We will utilize the expertise of the Dolores Huerta Foundation to guide us in this endeavor. 

As part of our community organizing, we will be using excess funds to wager a campaign for voter registration, which also will be tied to helping those who are eligible to become U.S citizens. 

Equity requires empowerment. Empowered people, particularly those who can vote, will change America toward becoming a more humane, loving, peaceful and inclusive country that honors the diversity of its people. Dolores Huerta will inspire us to continue the fight toward this end.