At 87 years of age, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta has been railed by critics, betrayed by friends and nearly beaten to death by law enforcement. But that hasn’t slowed her down one bit.
In the 1950s, there were few laws put in place to protect farm workers – and even fewer for immigrants. Huerta saw this, and worked with fellow activist Cesar Chavez to fight for labor rights and racial justice. The documentary “Dolores” chronicles her story, and aims to bring Huerta to light as one of the most important historical figures that history forgot.
Huerta has continued to make a significant impact on Arizona throughout her career. The 2010 ban of ethnic studies by then-Attorney General Tom Horne was justified by a speech Huerta made in Tucson, where Huerta claimed that, “Republicans hate Latinos.” When asked about her past remarks, Huerta told Horizonte that she believes “there’s a big problem with racism in the Republican Party.”