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JHan

(10,173 posts)
Sun Sep 17, 2017, 09:34 PM Sep 2017

Dolores Huerta: The Civil Rights Icon Who Showed Farmworkers 'Si Se Puede'

Huerta was 25 when she became the political director of the Community Service Organization, run by influential community organizer Fred Ross. That's where she met Chavez, and in 1962 the two teamed up to form what became the UFA, organizing farmworkers who toiled for wages as low as 70 cents an hour, in brutal conditions.

"They didn't have toilets in the fields, they didn't have cold drinking water. They didn't have rest periods," Huerta tells NPR.

In 1965, the grape workers struck, and Huerta was a leading organizer. She faced violence on the picket lines — and sexism from both the growers she was staring down and their political allies, and from within her own organization. At one point, a lawmaker is seen referring to Huerta as Chavez's "sidekick." At a time when the feminist movement was taking root, Huerta was an unconventional figure: the twice-divorced mother of 11 children. "Who supports those kids when she's out on these adventures?" one of her opponents is shown asking in historical footage.

Now grown, her children provide some of the most moving accounts in the film. They speak with great admiration for their mother, but are also candid about the price her tireless dedication to the cause exacted on the family. As one daughter puts it, "The movement became her most important child."


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And yet, her role in the farmworkers movement has long been overshadowed by that of Cesar Chavez, her longtime collaborator and co-founder of what became the United Farm Workers of America union. That's true even when it comes to credit for coining the movement's famous slogan, Sí se puede — Spanish for "Yes, we can" — which inspired President Obama's own campaign battle cry and has often wrongly been attributed to Chavez. (Obama acknowledged Huerta as the source of that phrase when he awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. She talks about its origins below.)


http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/09/17/551490281/dolores-huerta-the-civil-rights-icon-who-showed-farmworkers-si-se-puede

more links:

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/15/movie-review-why-activist-dolores-huerta-wont-shut-up/

Trailer:



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Dolores Huerta: The Civil Rights Icon Who Showed Farmworkers 'Si Se Puede' (Original Post) JHan Sep 2017 OP
I will never forget Susan Sarandon getting in her face, DURHAM D Sep 2017 #1
Amen shenmue Sep 2017 #2
Tell it! nt sheshe2 Sep 2017 #3
Yes, Sarandon was horrible to her. R B Garr Sep 2017 #5
That vomit-inducing imbecile was acting like she could lecture Dolores on the plight lunamagica Sep 2017 #6
I'm so happy this documentary exists and being released at Sundance this year... JHan Sep 2017 #7
Dolores Huerta. sheshe2 Sep 2017 #4
excited to see it... Women will roar :) JHan Sep 2017 #8
Yes we will, JHan. sheshe2 Sep 2017 #9
Dolores Huerta has sacrificed much of her life to the service of many. oasis Sep 2017 #10
Yes, long overdue! JHan Sep 2017 #11

DURHAM D

(32,603 posts)
1. I will never forget Susan Sarandon getting in her face,
Sun Sep 17, 2017, 10:07 PM
Sep 2017

speaking down to her, and treating her like she was stupid during the primary.

I so admire Dolores. I so despise Saranwrap.

lunamagica

(9,967 posts)
6. That vomit-inducing imbecile was acting like she could lecture Dolores on the plight
Sun Sep 17, 2017, 11:41 PM
Sep 2017

of migrant workers

JHan

(10,173 posts)
7. I'm so happy this documentary exists and being released at Sundance this year...
Mon Sep 18, 2017, 12:15 AM
Sep 2017

.Her story needs to be told.

( And Susan couldn't hope to match a fraction of what Dolores has accomplished )

oasis

(49,314 posts)
10. Dolores Huerta has sacrificed much of her life to the service of many.
Mon Sep 18, 2017, 08:37 AM
Sep 2017

The praise and recognition is well deserved.

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