Dolores Huerta given Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 29:  Civil rights and wom...

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 29: Civil rights and women’s advocate Dolores Huerta is presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama during an East Room event May 29, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Not accepting tales of its  own demise, in May of 2012 the UFW celebrated its 50th. anniversary at a convention in Bakersfield, California, with over 3,000 farm workers  in attendance.   President Arturo Rodriguez announced new contracts with improved wages and benefits in tomatoes fields  and in lettuce. On the final day, U.S.  Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dolores Huerta co founder of the UFW and a DSA Honorary Chair.  President Barack Obama send a video message of support to the convention and awarded the prize at a White House ceremony on May 30.    The convention planned its next decade of work.  That’s pretty good for an organization that some writers are  arguing  failed.

For a video on the award to Huerta see

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/social_issues/jan-june12/doloreshuerta_05-30.html

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