Dolores Huerta, UFW Co-Founder

Happy Birthday to Dolores Huerta, born on April 10, 1930.  Together with Cesar Chavez, she co-founded the United Farmers Workers (UFW) of America, and is one of the most prominent and influential labor organizers of our time.  Huerta was born in Dawson, New Mexico, the daughter of a coal miner, political activist father and an entrepreneurial mother who worked two jobs waitressing and in a factory to support her children during the Depression.  As a young girl, Huerta was very active in the radical organization known as the Girls Scouts.  She has been arrested on more than 20 occasions, and in 1988, she suffered a life-threatening injury at the hands of the San Francisco Police. Among her many accomplishments, Huerta has received the Martin Luther King Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Roger Baldwin Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).