Dolores Huerta
Updated: 5/30/2020
Dolores Huerta
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  • Hello! I am Dolores Huerta, I was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, New Mexico, I grew up in Stockton, California with my mother, my grandfather, and my two brothers.
  • I had to face racism while growing up, I was accused of robbery by a teacher and witnessed the violence of one of my brothers. I graduated with an associate degree from Delta Community College of Pacific in the early 1950s. Being a teacher and teaching him I saw the amount of poverty and hunger for the workers' children, so I decided to give up being a teacher.
  • In 1955 I helped create the Stockton Chapter of Community Service Organization, an organization that helps improve the economy for Hispanics.
  • I helped organize the strike of more than 5,000 grape workers for wages equivalent to the federal minimum wage. We carried out marches, protests and non-violent resistance, finally a negotiation agreement was reached in 1970. In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990 I worked as a lobbyist through my position at the UFW to improve the representation of workers' legislation.
  • In 1993, I had the honor of being inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. In 1999 I resigned from my UFW position.
  • To this day, I remain active as a member of the board of the Foundation of the Feminist Majority, the Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
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