Date: September 18, 2014
Lecture by the labor leader, civil rights activist and co-founder of United Farm Workers
The University Union Ballroom
Sacramento State’s University Union UNIQUE Programs is pleased to a lecture by labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, a labor leader and civil rights activist. The lecture will be hosted at The University Union Ballroom on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm. This event is free for students and the general public.
Dolores found her calling as an organizer while serving in the leadership of the Stockton Community Service Organization (CSO). During this time she founded the Agricultural Workers Association, set up voter registration drive and pressed local government for barrio improvements. During this time, she met Cesar Chavez and the two discovered their shared vision of organizing farm workers, which was not in line with the CSO’s mission. In the Spring of 1962, Cesar and Dolores launched the National Farm Workers Association. Together, they secured Aid for Dependent Families (AFDC) and disability insurance for farm workers in California. Dolores was also instrumental in the enactment of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, which granted farm workers in California the right to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions.
At 83, Dolores Huerta continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women, and children. As founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she travels across the country engaging in campaigns and influencing legislation that supports equality and defends civil rights. She often speaks to students and organizations about issues of social justice and public policy.
The recipient of many awards, Huerta was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993 for her tireless work. Today, she remains active as a board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, and the President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
All ages permitted. No alcohol sold or permitted at venue.
UNIQUE Programs, Associated Students Inc., Multi-Cultural Center and The University Union