Dolores Huerta: An American Latino Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist by Pramod Sukumaran

by Pramod Sukumaran

Dolores Huerta taught us sí se puede—yes we can.

This was Huerta’s rallying cry as she inspired Latino farm workers to demand fair wages and better working conditions in the 1970s.

In the decades after she co-founded the United Farm Worker’s Union with César E. Chávez and made many gains for workers, she has continued to serve as a powerful voice to develop leaders and advocate for the Latino working poor, women, and children.

Huerta, now 91, “travels across the country engaging in campaigns and influencing legislation that supports equality” and “speaks to students and organizations about issues of social justice and public policy,” according to the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

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  • I took care of Dolores Huerta’s children in the 70’s at our little day care center at La Paz, the United Farmworkers Union headquarters in the Tehachapi mountains in Central California. She was, and is, a force to be reckoned with!

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