This week, Dolores Huerta — labor leader, civil rights icon and founder/president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) — and representatives from DHF joined several Yes on 10 “Rent Is Too Damn High!” Bus Tour stops in Bakersfield, Fresno, Parlier, Lamont and Arvin. She urged Californians to vote Yes on Proposition 10.
Dolores Huerta said: “Proposition 10 will restore independence and economic justice to millions of Californians. It will give local communities the power to do what’s right for the working poor, women, and children. For more than six decades, I’ve worked with individuals to build their personal power while coupling it with responsibility and cooperation to create the changes needed to improve their lives. Proposition 10 will create the change we need to improve the lives of millions of working Californians.”
Since launching the National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez in 1962 and establishing the Dolores Huerta Foundation in 2003, Dolores Huerta has been organizing to give a voice to forgotten farm workers and low-income families. Improving wages, working conditions, and education equity is at the foundation to securing a better California. Prop 10 is an essential step in these fights because housing is a key component of economic security and community stability.
Prop 10 is a key step towards solving California’s housing-affordability and homelessness crises as it will protect California’s renters and guarantee landlords a fair rate of return, all while laying the foundation for stronger communities. By empowering local communities to limit rent increases and curtail predatory housing practices, cities and counties will be able to create thoughtful laws to address their local housing situations.
The “Rent Is Too Damn High!” Bus Tour is a statewide grassroots mobilization push to further develop organic person-to-person relationships, hear community housing concerns and raise awareness for the importance of Proposition 10.
To date, the Bus Tour has rallied support for Prop 10 across California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Bakersfield and Fresno. Community leaders and organizations from across the state of California are coming together to engage voters and rally support for Proposition 10 because everyone deserves a safe, healthy and affordable place to call home.
ABOUT DOLORES HUERTA FOUNDATION:
The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a 501 (c)3 organization whose mission is to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. The Foundation organizes at the grassroots level developing natural leaders by establishing Neighbors United chapters in California’s Central Valley region including Arvin, California City, Lamont, Weedpatch, Lindsay, Woodlake, Sanger, and Parlier. We create leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, and civic engagement. DHF’s Neighbors United chapters work on policy advocacy in health and environment as well as education and youth development. Learn more about the Dolores Huerta Foundation at www.doloreshuerta.org.
ABOUT PROPOSITION 10
Proposition 10, the Affordable Housing Act, is a ballot measure that will restore the right of local communities to set fair limits on rent increases on all types of homes in order to address California’s housing affordability crisis.