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Huerta in Columbus
December 8


Dolores C. Huerta, labor and immigrant activist, and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, will in Columbus on Dec. 8, sponsored by the Columbus Council on World Affairs (CCWA).


Huerta is one of the most successful and respected labor movement leaders in the 20th-21st Centuries. In 1962, Huerta and activist César E. Chávez founded the organization that later became the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). 


She led the famous Delano Grape Strike from 1965 through 1970, which resulted in the first collective bargaining agreements for farm workers in U.S. history.  Ms. Huerta co-led the struggle to achieve unemployment insurance, collective bargaining rights, and immigration rights for farm workers under the 1985 Rodino amnesty legalization program. 


For over forty years, she has been a leading voice for women, Latinas, immigrants, and farmworkers in the labor movement.  Huerta is Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus of the UFW and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.  In 1993 Huerta was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  Huerta has also received the U.S. Presidential Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award, the ACLU Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award, and the Nation/Puffin Award for Creative Citizenship.


Huerta will be speaking at two venues: 1) “Challenges of Immigration:  A Human Rights Perspective,” 11:30 – 1:15 pm at The Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215 ($5 lecture only, $30 with lunch, $15 educator/student); and 2) “2006 Mexican Presidential Elections and Its Impact on the U.S.,” 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the King Arts Complex, Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43203 ($15).  Reservations are required by contacting Diana Pagán at [email protected] or (614) 229-4599 on or before Monday, December 5. 


Huerta will be introduced by special guest Federico Madrazo, Mexican Congressman and son of the PRI 2006 presidential candidate Roberto Madrazo. CCWA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization and is one of eighty World Affairs Councils of America.  





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