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Monday, January 05, 2004


Delores Huerta and Richard Chavez endorse Gov Howard Dean, MD

posted by annatopia at Monday, January 05, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I couldn't resist posting this press release as soon as it hit my inbox:
BAKERSFIELD, CA--Dolores C. Huerta, the co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, M.D. today, citing his commitment to a grassroots campaign to change American politics. She was joined in her endorsement by her long-time companion, Richard Chavez.
"I have watched Governor Dean's campaign with great interest, and I am proud today to join the other 552,000 Americans who are uniting to take the country back from powerful special interests. I have worked my entire life to empower people and give them a sense of ownership, and so it is natural that I am joining Governor Dean's campaign because it is based around the ideal that the power to govern comes from the people. Everyday, his campaign is demonstrating how individuals can unite to effect change at the highest levels of government," Dolores Huerta said. "Howard Dean is the man to bring democracy and the people back into the White House and American politics."
"For over forty years, I have fought alongside American workers to improve their lives and support their families. I know that Howard Dean recognizes the importance of our fight and will stand alongside us-as he has throughout his political career," said Richard Chavez, brother of famed workers' rights leader Cesar Chavez.
Governor Dean responded, "I am deeply honored to be endorsed today by Dolores Huerta and Richard Chavez. They are preeminent leaders in America's civil rights and labor movements. Throughout Dolores's and Richard's lives, they have fought selflessly for America's workers and immigrants, and their efforts have resulted in some of the 20th century's most important advancements in farm workers' rights."
Huerta is now First Vice President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO. She co-founded the UFW with Cesar Chavez in 1962, and together they organized the successful five-year boycott of California table grapes that resulted in the entire California industry signing a landmark three-year collective bargaining agreement with the UFW. Dolores is also remembered for coining the famous slogan, "Si se puede!" (Yes we can/It can be done!).
Dolores Huerta was also instrumental in lobbying for the Agricultural Labor Relations Act, the first law of its kind in the U.S. that grants farm workers the right to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions.
At age 73, Ms. Huerta continues to be very active in social justice issues and politics, serving on the University of California Board of Regents and the boards of the Feminist Majority and People for the American Way. She also runs her own foundation.

I'll bet Dean's support of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride had something to do with this endorsement. There's a pattern here that has emerged and is probably scaring the bejeebus out of the other contenders: Dean will work his butt off to accomplish his goals. I don't know about you, but I want someone in the White House working his butt off for American workers, and I do trust that Gov Dean, MD is that man.


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