Dolores Huerta

by Sophia from Newark

 

Dolores Huerta was born to Juan Fernandez, a miner, field/farm worker, union activist, and state assemblyman and Alicia Chavez. Her parent fought early on about the same issues that Dolores fought about. According to Wikipedia, ""As she assumed responsibilities and stance that were traditionally held by white males, Huerta encountered criticism based on both gender and ethnic stereotypes" In 1960, Huerta 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 with Cesar Chavez, which would later become the United Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee." Dolores attended many protests with Cesar Chavez that were meant to create equality among Latinos and the rest of the country.

Dolores and some of her kids ( ())
Dolores and some of her kids ( ())

In 1960, Dolores Huerta started the Agricultural Workers Association. She set up voter registration drives and lobbied politicians to allow non-U.S. citizen migrant workers to receive public assistance and pensions and provide Spanish-language voting ballots and driver's tests. It was at this time that Huerta met Cesar Chavez, who had become its director. Huerta and Chavez wanted the CSO to expand its efforts to the organization was focused on urban issues and couldn't move in that direction. Frustrated, they both left the organization and co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. Chavez was the dynamic leader and speaker; and Huerta the skilled organizer and tough negotiator. In 1965, the AWA and the NFWA combined to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. After five hard years, the United Farm Workers signed an historic agreement with 26 grape growers that improved working conditions for farm workers, like lessening the use of dangerous pesticides and starting unemployment and healthcare benefits.

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Dolores met Ralph Head in college and they ended up getting married. They had two daughters, Celeste and Lori. They ended up getting a divorce and Huerta married Ventura Huerta and they had five children. Their marriage ended over disagreements over many issues including her community involvements. Later Huerta had a long relationship with Richard Chavez, the brother of Cesar Chavez. Huerta and Chavez never married, but the couple had four children during their relationship. Richard Chvez died on July 27, 2011. Dolores never got married after that.

Huerta has also been a huge advocate for women's rights and has been fighting for a very long time to make the dream of equality among men and women. In her campaign she said she stated she wanted more ethnic diversity in the workforce and throughout the years we have progressed as a society to become a more diverse community. Dolores Huerta is also an honorary co-chair of the Women's March on Washington, scheduled for January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as President. She was a big part of the Women's March solely because of her long term dedication to promoting equality among all.

 

Dolores Huerta is a hero because she has dedicated her whole life towards fighting to be treated the same as her male counterparts as well as people who are Caucasian. Huerta came up with the phrase , "si se puede" and it has stuck as an inspirational phrase throughout the years, inspiring people to stand up for what they believe in, even if standing up for what they believe in is not something everyone agrees with. She has gone above and beyond the social standards for women born in her time, she is not quiet and will never be silenced.

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