Dolores Huerta – A New Film

 

An exciting  new film is in the theaters giving the life and struggle of Dolores Huerta.

Although often ignored by the Anglo media and Anglo centric histories, Dolores Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez.  From the founding along with Cesar Chavez, Larry Itliong, 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, Dolores Huerta’s influence has been profound. 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.

Dolores, the film, serves labor history well to accurately describes the often overlooked role of Philipinos  who initiated a strike in Delano in 1965, which the nascent NFWA joined , to  create the great Grape Strike that changed labor history in the Southwest.

DSA Honorary Chairs:  Eliseo Medina, Gloria Steinem, along with activist Angela Davis provide historical records, commentary, insights, testimonies, and evaluations of Dolores’s life work.   Along with DSA Honorary Chair Dolores Huerta, the positions of Eliseo Medina and Gloria Steinem were eliminated by the decision of the DSA convention in 2017.

After being assaulted by police in San Francisco during an anti Bush demonstration in 1988,  and badly injured with cracked ribs and her spleen removed, she sued the SF police department for violence  and received a large settlement.

The funds became the endowment to establish the Dolores Huerta foundation which continues to this day to teach community organizing and women’s ( particularly Latinas) empowerment.

More of a review to follow.   Do yourself a favor. See the film.

See this review: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-dolores-review-20170907-story.html

Duane Campbell

 

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One Response

  1. I saw this excellent movie recently. Go see it before it disappears from the theaters. It not only tells Dolores’ story, but also demonstrates the real possibilities of organizing farm workers – a lesson today’s labor movement desperately needs to grapple with.

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