Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta is the legendary American civil rights activist who founded the United Farm Workers alongside Cesar Chavez in the 1960s. In subsequent decades, she became involved in many movements including various civil rights and environmental issues, labor movements, women’s causes, and struggles for LGBTQ rights. An often forgotten piece of history is the pivotal role that the UFW played during the 1970s in early fights against environmental racism and pollution, namely the campaign to ban the use of the pesticide DDT.
At 89, Dolores Huerta continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women, and children. As founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she travels across the country engaging in campaigns and influencing legislation that supports equality and defends civil rights. She often speaks to students and organizations about issues of social justice and public policy.
In her talk, Dolores will reflect on her long history living in Santa Clara Valley, California and the West, as well as her work to support and uplift migrant and Chicano communities, and how this informs her framework for tackling the issues of environmental protection and climate change for the benefit of all people.