Local leaders celebrate funding in the state budget to create the new cultural center in Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined legendary civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, representatives from Self-Help Enterprises and community organizations, to celebrate the $15 million secured in the 2021-2022 state budget to build the first-ever Dolores Huerta Peace and Justice Cultural Center in downtown Bakersfield.
“I am proud to champion additional funding for the Central Valley,” said Assemblymember Salas. “The creation of the Dolores Huerta Peace and Justice Cultural Center will serve as a symbol of peace and positive change for generations to come. This historic investment in our community will help in the pursuit of justice, peace, cultural competency and lasting positive change for all Californian families.”
Assemblymember Salas secured funding for the center, in addition to members of the California Legislative Latino Caucus who made the project one of their top priorities in this year’s state budget.
“On behalf of the communities that are served by the work of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, we thank Assemblymember Rudy Salas for championing the $15 million dollar allocation for the Dolores Huerta peace and Justice Cultural Center,” said Dolores Huerta. “We are grateful for his unwavering commitment to improve the lives of residents of the Central Valley who are so often forgotten - especially our youth and children.”
Once the cultural center is built, it will contain a comprehensive child development facility, an art gallery, outdoor amphitheater, and more. The center will also provide early child education preschool services, equitable educational opportunities to address illiteracy rates, civic leadership development, meeting and gathering spaces for the community and a cultural museum to honor the historical contributions of leaders in the San Joaquin Valley.
Local leaders who also spoke at today’s press conference includes Senator Anna Caballero, Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez, Josh Taylor, Lead Representative Carpenters Local 661, Steve Zuckerman, President, Self-Help Federal Credit Union and Veronica Madrigal, President, Self-Help Federal Credit Union.