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The San Diego Foundation Announces “Weaving Movements” Civic Engagement Campaign Featuring Dolores Huerta

August 1, 2016 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced a campaign to champion civic engagement and promote economic opportunity, environmental equity, recidivism reduction and the power of voting.

“Weaving Movements” is a series of free public events that will bring community together and increase dialogue about challenges and opportunities in San Diego in partnership with civil rights icon Dolores Huerta and local leaders. The campaign will build toward the San Diego premiere of Woman in Motion, a new documentary about Dolores Huerta’s life and impact on U.S. civil rights and social change directed by Peter Bratt (La Mission) and produced by Carlos Santana. The film has been submitted for consideration at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017.

Inspired in part by the work of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, film, art and conversation at each “Weaving Movements” event will illustrate Huerta’s legacy and teach us about how movements are made and how they shape our nation, region and lives.

“The San Diego Foundation is committed to growing a more vibrant region by supporting ideas, as well as the individuals who conceive them and institutions that propel them,” stated The San Diego Foundation President & CEO Kathlyn Mead. “Dolores is an inspirational civil rights leader whose life has been dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion, values we embrace at The San Diego Foundation.”

Huerta currently serves as a full-time volunteer and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, dedicated to 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 ’60s, Huerta and Cesar Chavez co-founded United Farm Workers. She is recognized for coining the inspirational chant, “¡Sí Se Puede! (Yes, we can!).” In 2012, President Obama awarded Huerta the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Upcoming Events

Title: Weaving Movements: Linking Innovation with Inclusion
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego
More: Join The San Diego Foundation as civil rights icon Dolores Huerta shares her lifelong commitment to civic engagement by igniting generations of community organizers and weaving agricultural worker, civil and women’s rights movements into social change. See Huerta’s life on film and converse with Huerta herself, as well as USC Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity Dr. Manuel Pastor, Southwestern Community College Board President Nora E. Vargas, University of San Diego Director at the Institute for Innovation & Learning Ed Hidalgo, and Executive Officer of Manpower Phil Blair, regional and 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. And glimpse an exclusive preview of Woman in Motion, a documentary about the life of legend Dolores Huerta to premiere in 2017.
Title: Weaving Movements: Love for the Land
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Daley Ranch
3024 La Honda Drive
Escondido
More: Today’s climate movement stands on the shoulders of many who came before – from farmworker justice activists to early environmentalists – when they advance the fundamental belief that people have a right to live and work in clean and safe environments. And while 45 percent of San Diego County’s total land area is green space, many low-income, ethnically diverse communities have limited access to parks and open spaces and still disproportionately bear the negative side effects of pollution. Join The San Diego Foundation, civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, and advocates and organizations across the region to learn how they are Opening the Outdoors and how you can help fulfill the promise of a safe and healthy region for all.

    
Subsequent events will be held throughout the fall and winter culminating in the San Diego premiere of the Dolores Huerta documentary, Woman in Motion, in early 2017.

The events are free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP at www.sdfoundation.org/events or contact cce@sdfoundation.org with any questions.

For more information about the Center for Civic Engagement, visit www.sdfoundation.org/cce.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of charitable giving to enact positive social change in our region. We mobilize resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement though effective, responsible and innovative philanthropy. We are your community foundation committed to arts & culture, civil society, education, environment, health and human services, and youth development to build equity and opportunity for all San Diegans. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $984 million to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Visit our website and join us by opening a fund or contributing to an existing one, like the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego now and forever.

Contacts

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, justin@sdfoundation.org

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