Dolores Huerta recognized for union leadership

by Duane Campbell

Dolores HuertaDSA  Honorary Chair  Dolores Huerta  will be inducted into the   California Hall of Fame (2013) for her labor and community leadership.  She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Huerta’s influence has been profound since the founding along with Cesar Chaves, Philip Vera Cruz   and others  of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union, through her current work in supporting union democracy,   civic engagement and empowerment of women and youth in disadvantaged communities. The creation of the UFW changed the nature of labor organizing in the Southwest and contributed significantly to the growth of Latino politics in the U.S.  In her frequent public engagements at college, universities and high schools  she brings a Latina feminist perspective to civil rights and immigration issues.  Dolores has been a supporter on union picket lines throughout the state.  

Achievements:

One of the most well known Latinas in the Unites States, Dolores Huerta has played a major role in the U.S.  civil rights movement as a labor organizer,  community organizer and social activist for over 50 years. A staunch advocate for women’s rights and reproductive freedom, Huerta is a founding board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation and serves on the board of Ms. Magazine as well as her position with DSA.   She frequently speaks at universities and organizational forums on issues of social justice and public policy. Dolores  continues working to develop community leaders and advocating for the working poor, immigrants, women and youth as President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

Some of her awards.  Presidential Medal of Freedom
• U. S. Department of Labor Hall of Honor
• Smithsonian Institution – James Smithson Award
• National Women’s Hall of Fame
• American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award
• The Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award
• The Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award
• Icons of the American Civil Rights Movement Award

 

 

When is the 7th Annual California Hall of Fame?

The 7th Annual California Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on March 20, 2013, at The California Museum, located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento. The 7th Annual California Hall of Fame exhibition will open on March 21, 2013 at The California Museum, located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento.

For more on Dolores Huerta’s activism see MexicanAmericanDigital History.org

 

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