|The Latino Studies and Philosophy Departments
One of the foremost Latino union organizers in the U.S.
Huerta was born in Dawson, NM, and received her early education in Stockton, California. In 1955 she became associated with Fred Ross and Cesar Chavez, pioneer organizers of Mexican-American chapters of the Community Service Organizations. Subsequently she worked with Chavez in organizing and administering the United Farm Workers, which sought to better working conditions and wages for farm workers. She was instrumental in negotiating contracts and organizing strikes, and eventually she became the lobbyist for the United Farm Workers in Sacramento. She has gained an international reputation as an effective speaker and political activist.
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