Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rush Limbaugh Says Civil Rights Icon Unworthy of Respect

Regressive Republican Rush Limbaugh claims labor leader and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta is unworthy of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has thus rendered it 'meaningless'. We disagree. Here is a bit about this wonderful American Hero via Wikipedia

In 1955, Huerta co-founded the Stockton chapter of the Community Service Organization, (CSO) and in 1960 co-founded the Agricultural Workers Association which set up voter registration drives and pressed local governments for barrio improvements.  

In 1962, she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with César Chávez, which would later become the Unit's Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee. After the CSO turned down Cesar's request, as their president, to organize farm workers, Cesar and Dolores resigned from the CSO. With Cesar Chavez she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association which would later become the Unit's Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee. Dolores' organizing skills were essential to the growth of this budding organization.

In 1966, she negotiated a contract between the UFWOC and Schenley Wine Company, marking the first time that farm workers were able to effectively bargain with an agricultural enterprise. Through her work with the CSO Dolores met Cesar Chavez the Executive Director of the CSO. The two soon both realize the need to organize farm workers. 

Currently she is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which she founded in 2002. DHF creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy in the following priority areas: health & environment, education & youth development, and economic development." At 81, Dolores Huerta continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women and children.

Bottom Line

Rush Limbaugh is national disgrace whose only claim to fame is being an intolerant radio loud mouth. He is the unworthy one.

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