Weaving Movements


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Martin Luther King, Jr. Gloria Steinem. Chad Griffin. Dolores Huerta. These civil rights leaders have changed history. What can we learn from them?

Join The San Diego Foundation as civil rights icon Dolores Huerta shares her legacy of championing civic engagement by igniting generations of community organizers and fighting for the rights of agricultural workers alongside Cesar Chavez as the co-founder of the United Farm Workers.

See Huerta’s life on film and converse with Huerta herself, as well as Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director of the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and other local leaders focused on innovative and impactful employment access and opportunity. Together, they’ll share ideas about how to provide economic stability for all San Diegans, and how access to education, career networks, and diverse hiring practices will stimulate a thriving innovation economy.

Glimpse an exclusive preview of Woman in Motion, a documentary about the life of legend Dolores Huerta directed by Peter Bratt (La Mission) and produced by Carlos Santana and Benjamin Bratt.

Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta

Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is president and founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She works as a full time volunteer dedicated to the mission of creating networks of healthy organized communities pursuing social justice through systemic and structural transformation. She is a feminist, a labor leader, and civil rights activist who weaves movements together, seamlessly building coalitions among different interest groups. In the early ’60s, she and Cesar Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers’ Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. She is recognized for coining the inspirational chant, “¡Sí Se Puede!” In 2012, President Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.
Dr. Manuel Pastor

Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Dr. Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.
Nora Vargas

Nora E. Vargas serves as a member of the Southwestern Community College District Governing Board and President, and as the Vice President of Community & Government Relations for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, Executive Director of the Latino Issues Forum, and founding Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn. Throughout her career, she has been committed to advancing an agenda of inclusion through non-profit management, government, politics and public policy.
Ed Hidalgo

Ed Hidalgo is the Director of the World of Work initiative at the Institute for Innovation and Learning at University of San Diego. In this role he is working with K-12 education to support youth and teacher engagement through programs, research and career exploration. Prior to this he worked at Qualcomm in HR/Staffing and Government Affairs, where he led programs including Career Explorations, Thinkabit Lab, and Workforce Development Labs. He has served on the boards of San Diego Workforce Partnership and San Diego Second Chance Program, and is a graduate of the University of Miami.
Phil Blair

Phil Blair is an Executive Officer of Manpower. With partner Mel Katz, he has built Manpower West into the largest franchise nationally, providing quality employment and training programs for thousands of San Diegans. Blair is an expert on workforce issues including Ban the Box legislation and implementation. He is an Executive Professor in Residence at the University of San Diego School of Business. Among his affiliations, he serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce & California State Chamber of Commerce, Downtown San Diego Partnership, Workforce Partnership, CONNECT, and the Economic Development Corporation. Previously he served on the Boards of San Diego City Council, The San Diego Foundation, and as commissioner of the Fair Political Practice Commission.


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404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego

About Weaving Movements

Weaving Movements is an event series and campaign that champions civic engagement and improves the quality of life in all of our communities. Weaving Movements brings our San Diego community together to build regional awareness about economic opportunity, environmental access, recidivism reduction and the power of voting. Inspired in part by the work of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, film, art and conversation illustrates Huerta’s legacy and teaches us about how movements are made and how they shape our nation, region and lives.

Link to the Press Release: https://www.sdfoundation.org/news-events/sdf-news/what-we-can-learn-from-civil-rights-icon-dolores-huerta/

Upcoming Events

September 24 – Open Democracy at Politifest, San Diego State University
October 5 – Weaving Movements: Love for the Land, Escondido
November 9 – Aging 2.0 with Katy Fike, UC San Diego

Contact Us

For more information, or if you have any questions about this event or the Weaving Movements event series, please contact us at (619) 814-1337 or cce@sdfoundation.org.


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