Tag Archives: Latina voices

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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Celebrating Women’s History Month: March 14

14 Mar

Honoring Christine Chavez-Delgado

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Christine Chavez-Delgado. Yes, Christine is the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez the famous civil rights leader and founder of the United Farm Workers. Christine is currently the Political Rights Director of United Farm Workers. Her passion and dedication for civil rights encompasses worker’s rights, the disenfranchised, and  marriage equality. Christine was a vocal opponent against Prop 8 and toured the country giving speeches on why it was important to support full marriage equality. Robert and I were fortunate enough to hear Christine speak in Salem, Oregon about her memories as a child having conversations about working for better treatment of the LGBT community. I had no idea Cesar Chavez was also a supporter of LGBT rights–a courageous and bold move for a Latino of his generation. Christine was such an eloquent speaker–I’m afraid I embarrassed myself and ran over to get her autograph.  She gave me a hug and said: “I hope you and your husband will be legally recognized soon.” I find it heart warming to see another Chavez working for social justice and focusing on the rights of the marginalized and disenfranchised. Brava, to Christine Chavez-Delgado.

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