Women’s History: April 10

10 Apr

Celebrating Dolores Huerta

Happy Birthday, Dolores Huerta.  Huerta is best known as a labor leader, social activist, and social reformer.  Huerta and Cesar Chavez together formed the Farm Workers Association, which eventually became United Farm Workers (UFW). I would specifically like to highlight the 1965 Grape Boycott, where Huerta took the plight of the farm workers to the consumers. The boycott resulted in the entire California table grape industry signing a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the United Farm Workers in 1970. Yes, that’s right the power of collective bargaining!  Stripping workers of any collective bargaining rights is simply unconscionable–Scott Walker, Paul LePage, and John Kasich.  Is it a coincidence that all three are white wealthy men living off the sweat of the workers?

Huerta has always been a political activist and became a strong Latina feminist voice in the late 1960 and early 70’s. While attending a peaceful protest against President Bush Sr. in 1988, she was severely injured when police clubbed the demonstrators. I celebrate Dolores Huerta today and hope we have a new generation of laborers and social activist that will drown out the voices of the pigs that are the Koch Brothers and their ilk.

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