Dolores is a film about Dolores Huerta — an indomitable heroine for social change with no signs of stopping at age 87. She co-founded the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) in 1962 with Cesar Chavez and has worked tirelessly to ensure the rights and defense of immigrant labor communities. She is now president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, whose mission is to inspire and motivate people to organize sustainable communities. Huerta serves on the boards of the Feminist Majority and People for the American Way.
Join us for a screening followed by a Q&A with Dolores Huerta and artist Barbara Carrasco. Tickets to the screening are donation based, with proceeds benefiting the Dolores Huerta Foundation. No one will be turned away.
Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who was the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta helped organize the Delano grape strike in 1965 and was the lead negotiator in the workers’ contract that was created after the strike. Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers’, immigrants’, and women’s rights, including the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award For Human Rights and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993, the first Latina inductee. Huerta is the originator of the phrase, “Sí se puede”. As a role model to many in the Latino community, Huerta is the subject of many corridos (ballads) and murals.
Barbara Carrasco is an artist and muralist. Her work has been exhibited at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Museo José Luis Cuevas, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Armand Hammer Museum, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, and Museo del Choppo, Mexico, among others. She has created banners for the United Farm Workers Union, and has painted murals in Leningrad and Armenia. Her original mural sketches and drawings are included in the Permanent Collection of Works on paper at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., and documentation of her mural work is archived in the California Murals Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. A permanent collection of her papers has been established and archived at Stanford University Special Collections Mexican American Manuscript Collections. Carrasco currently serves as a board member of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. In 2008, The Girl Scouts of America created a merit patch based on Carrasco’s image of Dolores Huerta.