May 23, 2012 |
Dolores Huerta runs on righteous ferocity the way cars run on gasoline. The woman who co-founded the United Farm Workers union 50 years ago with Cesar Chavez has harried, prodded, hectored, rallied and protested. She's been arrested more than a score of times, and once, picketing in San Francisco, she was beaten so badly by a police officer that her spleen was ruptured. You'd be hard-pressed to tell, the way she bounces around the Central Valley, a woman on many missions. So, can she stand still next week in Washington long enough for President Obama to present her with the Medal of Freedom, along with honorees such as Toni Morrison, John Glenn and Bob Dylan?
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May 17, 2009 |
On the day last month that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appeared at a news conference to enthusiastically back Judy Chu for the open 32nd Congressional District seat, her chief rival wasted no time trying to downplay the endorsement. "Voters, not endorsements, are going to decide the winner" of Tuesday's special election, state Sen.
July 1, 2012 |
HERMOSILLO, Mexico - The temperature was climbing past 100 degrees, humidity not far behind. Mexican actor Diego Luna, in the director's chair for a change, was trying to re-create 1960s California on a set in this industrial city in Mexico's northern Sonora state. The performers' wigs were wilting, their brows brilliant with sweaty shine. Vintage suits in unbreathable polyester double-knit didn't help. Yet tempers remained surprisingly calm as scenes were shot over and over.
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September 16, 2005 |
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will launch Latino Heritage Month at City Hall at 10 a.m. today by presenting awards to union activist Dolores Huerta, comedian George Lopez and artist Robert Graham. Guadalupe Rivera Marin, the daughter of artist Diego Rivera, will be present, and the Latino Heritage Month Calendar, with art by Magda Audifried, will be unveiled.
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November 2, 1999 |
Civil rights and labor activist Dolores Huerta will kick off Cal State Northridge's "Phenomenal Women Distinguished Lecture" series with a talk on women's rights Friday at the university. Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, helped lead the union's grape boycott and shape labor policies for agricultural workers. Her two-hour talk, "Women's Rights as Human Rights," is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union.
February 15, 1985
The Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) will honor Father Luis Olivares and the Queen of Angels Church on Olvera Street for their work on behalf of Central American refugees at a dinner at 7 p.m. on Friday at Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park.
March 2, 2006
Santana fans are used to seeing the innovative rock guitarist and his band in the vastness of arenas and stadiums, so the musician's benefit concert at the relatively intimate Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk exerts a special lure -- especially because the second-billed act is his old friend and former bandmate Pete Escovedo, with his orchestra.
December 4, 1989
The American Civil Liberties Union, commemorating the 198th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, held its annual awards dinner Saturday night in Universal City. Receiving the ACLU's Bill of Rights Awards were Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Paula Weinstein and Mark Rosenberg. United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta received the group's Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award.
March 29, 1998 |
Feminist Gloria Steinem joined a march of more than 1,000 people to protest what she called criminal conditions in California's strawberry fields. The group marched more than a mile down Broadway past stores selling berries picked by women who the United Farm Workers say aren't paid enough to feed their families. Most of California's strawberry workers earn about $8,000 annually, with no health insurance or other benefits, said Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the union.