Dolores Huerta

Christopher Vazquez , Contributing Writer

Dolores Huerta, standing in front of hundreds of immigrants. Mrs. Huerta demands equality for all workers. As she preaches through the microphone, “Sí se Puede” (yes you can), the smile of the crowd grows larger, seeing their future through the mist of discrimination and racism. The community’s people held a red, black, and white flag with a thunderbird in the middle, spelling “Huelga” (strike). The boycott grew larger, with people yelling, “Viva la causa” through the streets of California. They knew soon enough that their future would change with the hopes of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez. 

Dolores Huerta’s life has not always been a success; she was perceived as the black shadow throughout her infancy. In school, she was bullied for being of different skin color. She was brilliant, but her appearance from other students made her stand out. The teachers and students in her school believed Dolores Huerta would not get far in life, but Huerta had a vision: to help those who could not defend themselves. Huerta’s immigrant parents inspired her to become the powerful woman she is today. She has won numerous awards for the advocacy of women’s rights and immigrants, leading her to become the co-founder of the United States farmworkers association.

The community people knew that Huerta would be their inspiration. In the grape boycott, the people chanted for more pay and better working conditions, Dolores Huerta did have a dream, and her dream was to bring grape growers to justice and fight for farm workers working conditions. In 1975,The Agricultural Labor Relations act helped finalize the first law of California’s Farmworkers