A Conversation with Dolores Huerta
Special appearances by Ramón Ayala y Los Bravos del Norte and Johnny Canales
Doors open at 6 p.m. • Event begins at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012
The Arts Center
For ticket information contact Veronica Garcia at 956-882-4327
Dolores Huerta was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, New
Mexico. She earned a provisional teaching credential from the
University of Pacific’s Delta College in Stockton. While teaching,
she could no longer bear to see her students come to school with
empty stomachs and bare feet, and thus began her lifelong journey of
working to correct economic injustice.
Working with the Stockton Community Service Organization (CSO)
in California she founded the Agricultural Workers Association,
set up voter registration drives and pressed local governments for
barrio improvements. In 1955, she met a likeminded colleague,
CSO Executive Director César E. Chávez. Both Chávez and Huerta
wanted to organize farm workers, which was not part of CSO’s
mission. In the spring of 1962, they both resigned and launched
the National Farm Workers Association, which later evolved into the
United Farm Workers of America, now with 27,000 members.
Early in her career, Huerta excelled at lobbying and negotiating. Among other things, she helped secure Aid for
Dependent Families and disability insurance for farm workers in the State of California.
At 81, Huerta continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women and
children. She has received numerous awards, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from
President Clinton in l998. Earlier this year she was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor- the Presidential
Medal of Freedom.