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Wow, Austin is really hopping in the next week+. Check out the info from a press release I received:
DOLORES HUERTA IN AUSTIN CELEBRATING
75 YEARS OF LIFE AND 50 YEARS OF ORGANIZING
(Austin, TX) — The Austin Dolores Huerta Organizing Committee today announced that Dolores Huerta will speak at an Austin fundraising event for the Dolores C. Huerta Foundation at Ruta Maya Headquarters on Monday, September 19, 2005 from 7:30pm-midnight. Admission is $12.00 ($10.00 with student ID).
Austin will join the nation in celebrating the 75th birthday of civil rights and labor leader Dolores Huerta and her 50 years of organizing. Dolores is the co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America and the Founder and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Dolores Huerta established the Dolores Huerta Foundation with funds awarded to her for personal use. The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to train a new generation of organizers to build active communities working for fair and equal access to healthcare, housing, education, jobs, civic participation and economic resources for disadvantaged communities with an emphasis on women and youth.
Dolores has worked tirelessly as the co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union and is among the few remaining living icons of the Chicana/o Movement. Join local musicians, poets, artists and social justice advocates in celebrating Dolores’ 75 years of life, her 50 years of organizing, and help support the work of her foundation.
All proceeds and contributions for Dolores’ 75th birthday celebration will help fund trained organizers, expand the number of Communities for Social Action, and continue the work of the Foundation.
I heard Dolores Huerta speak at Howard Dean’s Iowa headquarters in Des Moines a week or so out from the caucus in Jan. ‘04. She led about 70 union painters from IUPAT–gringos all–in chants of “Sí, se puede.” It was a trip. (Full disclosure: I’m a gringo too.) For a full biography of one the top Latina figures in the U.S. continue on. (more…)