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Saturday, December 8, 2012

New Age Of Activism Top 12 and Beyond Moments in HerStory: Dolores Huerta



Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with César Chávez, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers

For more than 50 years, activist Dolores Huerta has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of marginalized communities. She is internationally recognized as a feminist, a farm worker advocate, a gay rights activist, and a labor leader among other things. As a champion whose work transcends issue-specific movements, Dolores announced the launch of the “Weaving Movements” campaign at her 80th birthday celebration on August 13, 2010 at a benefit concert supporting the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
The Dolores Huerta Foundation currently organizes 3 communities in southern Kern County and 3 communities in Tulare County. Our full time organizers form neighborhood organizations called Vecinos Unidos (United Neighbors) to enact change in their communities. The Vecinos, our neighborhood resident volunteers, are trained to engage public officials how to work in synergy with residents. Vecinos improve their neighborhoods and towns into just societies. By working together, they take collective responsibility for their lives and their communities. By using direct nonviolent action they develop into strong committed leaders. They learn they can influence local, state and national issues. The Vecinos Unidos model proves that the working poor and immigrants have the potential leadership to resolve issues. Join us to expand to other low income communities so they can participate in this social justice network. Your support makes it possible for our staff and volunteers to transform our low income communities by developing the capacity and power of their indigenous leadership.

Fashioned as a tribute to Dolores’ diverse body of work, the campaign calls on leaders of the progressive agenda to unite under one banner and work cooperatively towards a common goal of social justice. As stewards of the "Weaving Movements" Campaign and Dolores Huerta’s legacy, the Dolores Huerta Foundation continues to build coalitions with people and organizations fighting for justice and equality. If you’re interested in joining us in our mission of Weaving Movements Together, please contact us or fill out the form to get involved.