Dolores Huerta: “Keynote Address before the Annual Convention of the American Public Health Association”
Read by performer Libby King
Dolores Huerta was an American union leader, labor organizer, and Latino American and Women’s rights activist. She co-founded the National Farm Workers’ Association with Cesar Chavez in 1962, and played a pivotal role in the Delano Grape Strike. The NFW protested through nonviolent means including hunger strikes, boycotts, and marches to improve the working and living conditions of migrant farm laborers. This address, given to the American Public Health Association in 1974, focuses on the need for funding for sustainable healthcare infrastructure serving the Farm Workers’ community.
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We can’t really wait for legislation. You know, there’s a lot of things that we can do right away. I think that the one thing that we’ve learned in our union is that you don’t wait. You just get out and you start doing things. And you do things in such a way that you really help people to lay the foundations that you need. Read More