- November 21, 2019
- 7:30 pm
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta has become one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century, and one of the most important activists in American history. Now 89 years old, she continues the fight to this day.
During the Civil Rights Era, Dolores co-founded what is now the United Farm Workers union, resolutely dedicating her life to securing the rights of immigrant farmworkers and to combatting the fierce racism underlying their mistreatment. A mother of 11 children, Dolores has fought tirelessly and effectively for the cause, an upstream battle against sexist double standards, both within the movement and outside of it.
In today’s political climate, she sees the fundamental freedoms of her fellow Americans freshly imperiled, and has come forward to share her story with a new generation of activists seeking to create change. Dolores teaches these individuals that they have personal power that needs to be coupled with responsibility and cooperation to create the changes needed to improve their lives. 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.
Join Latinx studies professor Maria L. Quintana for a conversation with Dolores Huerta about her life and work as a revolutionary and inspirational leader dedicated to activism, feminism, and the future of America.
A portion of the proceeds from this event are being donated to the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and community organizer who has dedicated over 50 years of her life working for civil rights and social justice. In 1962 she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as vice-president and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades.
In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF connects groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to: register and educate voters, advocate for education reform, bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities, advocate for greater equality for the LGBTQ+ community, and create strong leadership development.
Dolores has received numerous awards including The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in l998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
Maria L. Quintana is an Assistant Professor in the Latina/o Studies Department at San Francisco State University. She is currently working on a book project titled Contracting Freedom: Race, Empire, and US Labor Importation Programs, 1942-1964 that interprets “guestworker” labor importation and the Bracero Program through a transnational and global history of labor rights and the US empire. In particular, it places the Bracero Program within multiple contexts and perspectives—the contemporaneous US-Caribbean labor importation programs, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, the legal and political framing of indentured servitude and slavery, and the movements for civil rights and decolonization. In doing so, it advances an interpretation of “guestworker” programs that moves beyond the US borders and US-Mexico relations to understand and underscore their imperial roots and effects. Dr. Quintana received her PhD From the University of Washington in 2016, after which she was a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Her primary research and teaching interests include Latino/a histories, US/Mexico histories, Labor Studies, Civil Rights, comparative immigration/migration, and the history of colonialism and empire.