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The Source: Dolores Huerta's 50 Years Of Advocacy

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Labor advocate and National Farm Workers Association co-founder, Dolores Huerta, has spent her adult life fighting for causes. 

Huerta is in San Antonio for the Briscoe Western Art Museum's Voices of The West Distingusihed Lecture Series. It starts at 6:30 p.m tonight at the museum's Jack Guenther Pavilion.

Now 84, Huerta has been at the center of some of the biggest moments in labor and U.S. history. Working with César Chávez in 1962, she helped create one of the most effective farm workers' unions ever. The National Farm Workers Association, later the United Farm Workers Union, was able to push growers to improve working conditions through grassroots work and direct action protests that involved men, women and children.

Labor, women and children's issues are just a few of the social justice issues Huerta has advocated for over her career. She has won several awards including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Her foundation continues her efforts for equality, and Huerta works there as an unpaid volunteer.

Guest:

  • Dolores Huerta, labor activist

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive