Dolores Huerta “Huelga”
Huelga means “strike,” and also happened to be the name of one of Cesar Chavez’s German Shepherd guard dogs.
Here are a few of Dolores Huerta’s accomplishments:
—In 1961 she succeeded in obtaining the citizenship requirements removed from pension and public assistance programs.
—In 1962, she was instrumental in the passage of legislation allowing voters the right to vote in Spanish, and the right of individuals to take the drivers license examination in their native language;
—In 1963, she helped secure Aid for Dependent Families (“AFDC”) for the unemployed and underemployed, disability insurance for farm workers in the State of California, and unemployment benefits for farm workers.
—Under her direction, the 1973 east coast boycott of grapes, lettuce and Gallo wines resulted in the enactment of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act, the first law of its kind in the U.S., which granted farm workers the right to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions.
—In the late 70’s Dolores spearheaded legislation granting amnesty for farm workers that had lived, worked and paid taxes in the U.S. for many years but were unable to enjoy the privileges of citizenship. These efforts ultimately resulted in the Immigration Act of 1985 which allowed most unauthorized immigrants who have resided in the U.S. continuously since at least January 1, 1982, to apply for legal status.
Follow this link to find a short clip and analysis of an Alabama politician who seeks to reinstate English-only driver’s license exams.