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Encyclopedia > Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta speaking at a rally in Santa Barbara, California on September 24, 2006
Born April 10, 1930
Dawson, New Mexico
Occupation Labor leader
Children 11

Dolores C. Huerta (born April 10, 1930) is the co-founder and First Vice President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO (UFW). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (276x628, 188 KB) I took this photo of Dolores Huerta on Saturday, September 24, 2006 at the Plaza De la Guerra, Santa Barbara, California. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... Dawson, New Mexico was a mining town founded in 1901 when rancher John Barkley Dawson sold his coal-rich land in northern New Mexico to the Dawson Fuel Company. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... The United Farm Workers of America (UFW) is a labor union that evolved from unions founded in 1962 by César Chávez, Philip Vera Cruz, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong. ... American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, commonly AFL-CIO, is a national trade union center, the largest federation of unions in the United States, made up of 54 national and international unions (including Canadian), together representing more than 10 million workers. ...

She was born in the miningtown of Dawson, New Mexico where her father, Juan Fernandez, was a miner, field worker, union activist and state legislator. Her parents divorced when she was three years old. Her mother, Alicia Chavez, raised Dolores, along with her two brothers, and two sisters, in the central San Joaquin Valley farmworker community of Stockton, California. Her mother was a businesswoman who owned a restaurant and a 70-room hotel that often put up farmworker families for free. The New Mexico Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of New Mexico. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nickname: Motto: Stocktons Great, Take A Look! Location in the state of California Coordinates: Country United States State California County San Joaquin County Incorporated 1850 Government  - Mayor Edward J. Chavez  - City Manager J. Gordon Palmer, Jr. ...

In 1955, Huerta co-founded the Sacramento chapter of the Community Service Organization, and in 1960 co-founded the Agricultural Workers Association. In 1962, she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chávez, which would later become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee and still later, the UFW. In 1966, she negotiated a contract between the UFWOC and Schenley Wine Company, marking the first time that farmworkers were able to successfully collectively bargain with an agricultural enterprise. Nickname: River City Location of Sacramento in California County Sacramento Government  - Mayor Heather Fargo Area  - City  99. ... César Estrada Chávez (March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was a Mexican American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. ...

Dolores directed the UFW’s national grape boycott 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. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... It has been suggested that Veraison be merged into this article or section. ...

She has been highly politically active, lobbying in favor of (and against) numerous California and federal laws. The laws that she supported included:

As an advocate for farmworkers' rights, Huerta has been arrested twenty-two times for participating in non-violent civil disobedience activities and strikes. Huerta's organizing and lobbying efforts are often overshadowed by those of Cesar Chávez, who is revered by many (especially Chicanos) as the primary figure of the Chicano civil rights movement. She remains active in progressive causes, and serves on the boards of People For the American Way and Feminist Majority Foundation. The Bracero Program was originally a binational temporary contract labor program initiated, in August 1942, by an exchange of diplomatic notes between the United States and Mexico after a series of negotiations. ... Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was the name of a federal assistance program in effect from August 14, 1935 to June 30, 1997, which was administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. ... A Chicano is a person of Mexican descent born in the United States. ... Martin Luther King is perhaps most famous for his I Have a Dream speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom This article is about the civil rights movement following the Brown v. ... People For the American Way (PFAW) is a liberal, self described progressive advocacy organization in the United States. ... The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) is an feminist organization. ...

Huerta's depiction on a Precita Eyes mural on the student union wall of CCSF in San Francisco
Huerta's depiction on a Precita Eyes mural on the student union wall of CCSF in San Francisco

In recognition of her achievements, she received an honorary degree from Princeton University in May 2006. She was cited as follows: "Through her insatiable hunger of justice -La Causa- and her tireless advocacy, she has devoted her life to creative, compassionate, and committed citizenship". Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 971 KB) i took the photo and release it into the public domain I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 971 KB) i took the photo and release it into the public domain I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...

In April 2006, Huerta was invited to speak at Tucson High School, "to inspire students," who were preparing for important tests. During her speech she "encouraged students to march in protest of federal lawmakers' attempt to crack down on illegal immigration," and twice stated that "Republicans hate Latinos". [1] Her speech was criticized by the school district's superintendent for containing "stereotyping groups".[2] and her comments were characterized as "hate speech" by Republican Arizona State Representative Jonathan Paton.[3] Nickname: The Old Pueblo Location in Pima County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Pima Mayor Bob Walkup (R) Area    - City 505. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Arizona State Legislature is the legislative branch of the state government of Arizona. ... Jonathan Paton is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives and an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve who is currently serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. ...

Huerta has been married and divorced twice. She has 11 children.[1]


  1. ^ urcia, Rebecca Thatcher. Dolores Huerta. Bear, Delaware: Mitchell Lane Publishers, c2003. ISBN 1-58415-155-2

Local Visits

Dolores Huerta has visited over two schools, to inspire the students. Her recent visit on 05.23.07, to Edendale Middle School, San Lorenzo, California 94580, she talked with 3 groups, 8th, 7th and 6th, to talk about who she worked with, how she fought, where they fought, and how she fighted. She inspired almost every student listening,as well as Her son, Ricky, or how her mother calls her "Kool-Aid", shared a rap-poem to show how they felt about pesticides on the crops. Her goal is to break stereotypes, and lead an end to racism. In the end, she was awarded with a cherry plaque for inspiring all the students, and paying respect to visit the school. After, she was also awarded an Edendale Middle School sweater, just to say Thank You for sharing and being here today. People who made this happen was: herself, Dolores Huerta, TJ Merrit, Donald Carpenter, and Bill Ried. The semi-director and soundman was a 8th grader from Edendale, named Ryan Daliva. She might comeback soon, and will wish her luck.

  Results from FactBites:
The Nation Institute (1138 words)
Huerta again made headlines this year when she proved instrumental in insuring that California Governor Gray Davis sign legislation that mandated the broadest reforms for farmworkers in 25 years.
Huerta began her work at a time when grassroots movements were arduous and unprecedented undertakings, operating without the support of non-profit groups that today help make such work possible.
Dolores Huerta, born in 1930 in a New Mexico mining town, is the daughter of Juan Fernandez, a miner, farmworker and union organizer, and Alicia Chavez.
FrontPage magazine.com :: UC's Radical Regent by Kimberly Schuld (1906 words)
Dolores Huerta taught school (even without an education degree) until 1955, when as a single mother of 7 children (she now has 11) she started her career as a political activist.
Huerta summarized her life's mission in a 2001 interview given while she was recovering from a near-fatal opening in a major artery in her intestines.
The danger in having Dolores Huerta on the UC Board of Regents for a five-month period lies in the fact that her appointment sends the message that the University of California system is merely another political party, not a place of academic excellence (a quality in which she is sorely lacking).
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