Dolores Huerta: Why she kicks ass
“I couldn’t tolerate seeing kids come to class hungry and needing shoes. I thought I could do more by organizing farm workers than by trying to teach their hungry children.”
- She is a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW).
- She has received many awards for her extensive community service and advocacy for workers’, immigrants’, and womens’ rights, such as; the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- In 1955, she co-founded the Stockton chapter of the Community Service Organization, (CSO) and in 1960 co-founded the Agricultural Workers Association which set up voter registration drives and pressed local governments for barrio improvements.
- In 1962, she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association which would later become the Unit’s Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee.
- In 1965, she directed the UFW’s national boycott during the Delano grape strike, taking the plight of the farm workers to the consumers. The boycott resulted in the entire California table grape industry signing a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the United Farm Workers in 1970. In 1966, she had negotiated a contract between the UFWOC and Schenley Wine Company, marking the first time that farm workers were able to effectively bargain with an agricultural enterprise.
- She has been arrested twenty-two times for participating in non-violent civil disobedience activities and strikes. She remains active in progressive causes, and serves on the boards of People for the American Way, Consumer Federation of California, and Feminist Majority Foundation.
- She traversed the country for two years on behalf of the Feminist Majority’s Feminization of Power: 50/50 by the year 2000 Campaign encouraging Latinas to run for office. The campaign resulted in a significant increase in the number of women representatives at the local, state and federal levels. She also served as National Chair of the 21st Century Party founded in 1992 on the principles that women make up 52% of the party’s candidates and that officers must reflect the ethnic diversity of the nation.
- She is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which she founded in 2002. The Foundation is a ”community benefit organization that organizes at the grassroots level, engaging and developing natural leaders. DHF creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy in the following priority areas: health & environment, education & youth development, and economic development.”
Dolores de mi corazón
though sometimes you have to fake it till you make it.
23 years ago today, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, granting protections to people with disabilities similar to those afforded by the Civil Rights Act. Happy 23rd, ADA!
How has your life been affected by the ADA?
Image description: Color photo of George H.W. Bush signing the ADA, flanked by two white men in wheelchairs, a white man standing, and a white woman standing.
Reblogged to add image description and suggest that everyone add image descriptions…I feel like that shouldn’t have to be added to a post celebrating the ADA.
Justice is not a kid being shot down for simply walking while black. Hood up, candy in hand.
Justice isn’t a person being shot down for any reason whatsoever. Even fists raised, drugs in hand, a record trailing behind.
Justice isn’t a killer being declared innocent—especially when so much bias motivated the death he brought about. Gun in hand, suspicion and hate greasing each action.
But justice isn’t either a man behind bars. It isn’t burnt cars in the street. It isn’t death threats, or calls for retribution and another life ruined.
I don’t know exactly what justice looks like, but I know my heart is in the streets tonight. Angry.
And my heart is at my desk tonight too. Hopeful
for peace that lasts beyond one life, or two. Beyond the angry moments past and present.
I pray for justice. But above all, I pray for love.