In honor of #MayDay our organizers along with community members marched the streets of Fresno & Tulare standing in solidarity while commemorating the efforts and victories of Workers & Immigrants Rights around the world. May Day is not recognized as a holiday in the United States, however, we at DHF will continue to honor and celebrate it as such. Learn more about the history of May Day in the video below. #SíSePuede
Please check out the latest issue of the Dolores Huerta Foundation’s Vecinos Unidos® Newsletter to learn more about the important gains and accomplishments that DHF Vecinos made this year. Big thanks to all of the esteemed volunteers and generous community members who make this work possible!
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Letter from the Executive Director
The San Joaquin Valley has seen many injustices within the past few years, which is why we continue to mobilize and empower communities with COVD-19 resources and services, health equity education, and tools to combat systemic racism. Through it all, we triumph working with community members like you. Throughout the last year, we continued to fight against COVID-19 and together with our partners we have provided direct assistance to our communities and administered over 7,000 vaccinations. The effort against COVID-19 continues and we ask that if you or someone you know needs assistance in finding a vaccination site or registering for an appointment, please call us at: 661-383-2588.
As we look forward to the coming months and all the work that is yet to be done, we are strengthened by the knowledge that together we’ll continue to make important changes in our communities. We look forward to organizing alongside you for the upcoming elections on Tuesday, June 7th (primary election) and Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (general election). Holding elected officials accountable is our right and responsibility. If you are eligible to vote, please make sure to register and visit www.sos.ca.gov to update your information and learn more about how you can get involved. Even if you can’t vote, you can help educate voters in your neighborhood.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you. Our solidarity is our strength. Si Se Puede!
The Impact Fund and Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability hosted their 3rd annual Clean Water Forum in Bakersfield on April 1-2. The free two-day conference brought together practitioners, experts, and community groups to engage in strategic conversations regarding the state of water litigation, with a particular focus on work that can affect communities in California’s Central Valley. Dolores Huerta sent this greeting and call to action for those attending.
Redistricting determines if residents have fair representation in government and whether their representatives will reflect their interests. District lines can keep a community together or split it apart, thus leaving it without a representative who feels responsible for its concerns.
Join us as we urge the Panama Buena Vista School District to choose maps that will better serve the students in the area. The current maps that are being proposed are unacceptable and do not offer proper representation and equity for the surrounding community. Hold the school board accountable, fight for fair maps tonight 3/29/22 @ 5pm Panama Buena Vista School District 4200 Ashe Rd Bakersfield.
Legendary organizer and activist Dolores Huerta grew up in an integrated community in Stockton, Calif. As a schoolteacher, she noticed that her students, many of whom were children of farm workers, were living in poverty. It was this realization that led Huerta to quit teaching and organize a path to create change.
In the 1950s, Huerta met Cesar Chavez. Together, they organized agricultural workers to demand better working conditions and higher wages and co-founded the United Farm Workers in 1962. More than 60 years into her activism, she continues to speak out as President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Huerta joins host Tetiana Anderson to reflect on her journey to transform labor rights in America.
This week, The James Irvine Foundation announced that our Co-Founder and Executive Director Camila Chávez was named as one of the 2022 Leadership Award recipients. The Award comes with a $250,000 grant to continue the Dolores Huerta Foundation’s work of strengthening underrepresented communities by training and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Learn more by visiting https://irvineawards.org/award-recipient/camila-chavez/
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