Hispanic Heritage Month Honors Dolores Huerta
Dolores Clara Fernandez was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, mining town in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
Dolores Huertas strength never wavered, dedicating her whole life to human rights, no matter the cost.
Dolores Huerta has been dedicated to human rights and women rights since her work with Stockton Community Service Organization. At the same time, she founded the Agricultural Workers Association, and set up voter registration drives for Latinos and pressured local governments to improve the Latin communities. It was there she met Cesar Chavez, eventually the two moved on to launch the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. Dolores Huerta was one of few Women activists, and while most liked to look passed her great contribution to the Latino movement, Dolores brought inspiration and courage to not only farm workers but also young women everywhere. Dolores Huertas strength never wavered, dedicating her whole life to human rights, no matter the cost. She even paid dearly for her activism when at the age 58 Dolores suffered a life-threatening assault while protesting the policies of then presidential candidate George Bush. A baton-wielding officer broke four ribs and shattered her spleen. Dolores didn’t let that stop her, now at the age of 89- Dolores Huerta still works vigorously to encourage women, immigrants and families. Her words still ringing true during this time of uncertainty “Si se Pueda”