Huerta, Dolores

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  • New Mexico–born labor activist Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta (1930–) has been a pioneering grassroots organizer, negotiator, and folk hero in California's San Joaquin Valley. Huerta built coalitions and lobbied the state legislature to address issues of social justice and equity for migrant workers. Huerta is the daughter of an agricultural worker, activist, and member of the New Mexico assembly named Juan Fernandez. After her parents’ divorce, Huerta moved to Stockton, California, with her mother, Alicia Chavez, who established a restaurant and hotel that catered to low-wage farmworkers. Huerta grew up in a middle-class, multicultural environment. Huerta attended the University of the Pacific, earning a provisional teaching credential in elementary education. Married twice, she has eleven children. As a teacher in Stockton, Huerta witnessed the ...

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