Magazine article New Internationalist

Dolores

Magazine article New Internationalist

Dolores

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Dolores (95 minutes) directed by Peter Bratt

Ardent, direct, down-to-earth, Dolores Huerta was a pioneer organizer of Latino agricultural workers in California in the 1960s. She coined the motto Si se puede - 'Yes we can' - that 40 years later expressed massive hope for change in the US. From small beginnings as a community activist, encouraged by the civil rights movement, opposition to the Vietnam War, and the stirrings of the feminist movement, she had a vision and a path.

Neighbourhood improvements and voter registration mattered, but the biggest change in the lot of Latinos - 'the worst-paid workers on the planet' - would come through large-scale organization to enforce collective bargaining on agribusiness. With fellow activist Cesar Chavez, in 1962 she set up the National Farmworkers Association (NFA) with the aim of a California-wide strike within five years. …

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