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May 23, 2012 | Patt Morrison
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?
March 7, 2008 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Activist Dolores Huerta was supposed to talk to Catholic schoolchildren Thursday about her founding role in the United Farm Workers and the importance of public service. Instead, she was fielding calls from reporters after Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Bakersfield abruptly canceled her appearance. A parent at the school had complained that Huerta's public support for abortion rights makes her an unfit role model.
December 4, 2002 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Longtime labor leader Dolores Huerta was announced on Tuesday as the 2002 winner of the Puffin/Nation prize at a Beverly Hills ceremony commemorating her lifetime of work for social causes. Huerta, a storied figure in the history of progressive politics, said she would use the $100,000 award to start an institute for recruiting and training community-based organizers.
May 17, 2009 | Jean Merl
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.
November 25, 2003 | Gregg Jones, Times Staff Writer
In a victory for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senate Democrats joined with their Republican counterparts Monday to repeal a controversial law that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain California driver's licenses. The Senate voted, 33 to 0, to repeal the law after only four minutes of debate. Six Latino Democrats chose not to vote. An Assembly committee is expected to take up the matter today.
September 16, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
February 7, 2008 | Cathleen Decker and Phil Willon, Times Staff Writers
In the end, Hillary Rodham Clinton's California campaign was carried to victory by voters like Maria Hernandez of Boyle Heights, who cast her first vote for Bill Clinton and returned Tuesday to do the same for his wife. Clinton's victory -- a romp compared with some of the predictions just before election day -- rested on the twin pillars of women and Latinos, groups that overlapped in the person of voters like Hernandez.
November 2, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
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.
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