Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Day of Good News

Dolores Huerta Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

From the HuffPostLatino:
"Dolores Huerta, a civil rights advocate and labor leader who fought for farmworkers rights alongside César Chavez, will be honored with one of the nation's highest civilian honor -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Huerta told The Daily Beast that news of the honor came as a surprise to her.
“I was humbled, thrilled, and surprised,” she said. “I never expected to be nominated.”
Huerta is now 82 years old, a mother to 11 children, and grandmother to seven. Huerta considers her proudest accomplishments to be, "Spanish-language ballots for voters, public assistance for immigrants, toilets in the fields, drinking water protection from pesticides," and an immigration act which gave legal statust to over a million farmworkers, according to The Daily Beast."

This is great news in light of Huerta's anti-SB 1070 activism and her participation with the TUSD Mexican American Studies program.

Additional Good News
Past contributor Natalie A Martinez and Crossroads Collaborative scholar and Londie Martin have agreed to guest blog in June! Look forward to their posts, I know I am looking forward to reading the work of both writers.

In the meantime, feel free to check out Martinez's amazing past post:

And I can't resist re-posting my photo with Dolores Huerta from her speech at a conference on Decolonialism at the U of A.
The original post from where the photo came:

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