|Posted on March 22, 2011 at 3:20 PM|
Join us in welcoming Dolores Huerta, legendary labor leader, organizer, social activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers
Dolores Huerta grew up in Stockton, California, a farming community in the San Joaquin Valley. In the early 1950s she completed a teaching degree and then worked as an elementary school teacher. Witnessing that that her students, many of them children of farm workers, were living in poverty without enough food to eat or other basic necessities, she became one of the founders of the Stockton chapter of the Community Services Organization. She worked tirelessly to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination.
In 1960, Huerta created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) and lobbied politicians on many issues, especially those involving migrant workers. In 1962, she co-founded workers' union with Cesar Chavez, which was later known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). Known as a skilled organizer and tough negotiator. She was instrumental in the union's many successes, including the strikes against California grape growers in the 1960s and 1970s, and demands for safe working environments including legislation regarding unsafe use of pesticides.
Today, Huerta continues to her work to improve the lives of workers, immigrants, and women. She has received many honors for her activism, including the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award (1993) and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award (1999). Mother of 11 children, Dolores was inducted to the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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