April 18, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, email@example.com
California State University, Bakersfield’s sociology department will host Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) and social activist, to discuss current issues facing the Hispanic community on Thursday (April 20) in the Stockdale Room from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. She is the first guest speaker in the Chicana Lecture Series.
Huerta was born in 1930 in New Mexico. Her parents divorced when she was very young, and she was raised by her mother in Stockton with the help of her grandfather.
In the 1950s after graduating from college in Stockton, Huerta began teaching in a farm workers’ community. To confront the problems she was witnessing, she used the American traditions of organizing, lobbying, registering voters, and encouraging people to participate in democratic reform. In 1962 along with Cesar Chavez, she co-founded what would become the UFW. Using tactics of non-violence, she organized a successful boycott of California table grapes. The boycott lasted five years but resulted in the entire California table grape industry signing a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the UFW.
She successfully lobbied for the Agricultural Labor Relations Act, the first law of its kind in the United States which grants farm workers the right to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions, she continues with the goal of empowering farm workers with information and skills to help them secure better living and working conditions.
The event is free and open to the public.
For additional information, please call Edna Molina at (661) 654-6876.