March is Women’s History month
Women’s History Facts
Activist, Labor Leader: Activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. To further her cause, she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues her efforts to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women.
Huerta graduated from Stockton High School in 1947, after a series of unsatisfying jobs, she returned to school and eventually completed a teaching degree at Stockton College, part of the University of the Pacific. She briefly worked as an elementary school teacher but resigned because she was so distraught over the poor living conditions of her students, many of them children of farm workers.
In 1955, she and Fred Ross started the Stockton chapter of the Community Services Organization (CSO).
In 1960, Huerta started the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA).
In 1962, Huerta and Cesar Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA).
In 1965, the AWA and the NFWA combined to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee(later, simply the United Farm Workers).
Lunch today: Fried rolls & rolls bowl, pepperoni pizza, cheeseburger, spicy chicken sandwich, peanut butter & jelly sandwich, veggie burger.
Quote of the day: “Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.” --Dolores Huerta
Positive affirmation of the day: “Joy is a healing choice and I choose it for myself now”