Born in New Mexico in 1930, Dolores Huerta is the most prominent female labor leader in the U.S. Indignant over the exploitation of migrant farm workers during the ‘50s, Huerta joined the Agricultural Workers Association. In 1962, she joined Cesar Chavez and helped co-found the United Farm Workers, which forever changed the face of labor and agriculture history. Huerta was key in organizing a string of national boycotts on lettuce, grapes and Gallo wines during the ‘70s. Her efforts resulted in the first laws granting collective bargaining rights for California farm workers and establishing the first farm workers’ credit union. Dedicating her life to the migrant workers’ struggle for justice, Huerta is an inspiration for all Hispanics.
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Leonard B. Rodriguez is the President and CEO of the Westside Development Corporation. He is a former White House Advisor to the President of the United States and the 2017 St. Benitia Humanitarian Award Recipient.
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