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Civil rights and women’s advocate Dolores Huerta is presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) congratulates renowned civil rights activist Dolores Huerta for her receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. Today, in a ceremony at The White House, President Obama awarded Dolores Huerta and twelve other individuals with the nation’s highest civilian honor acknowledging their extraordinary contributions to promoting world peace, protecting national interests and security as well as spearheading other meritorious cultural endeavors.

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LCLAA National President, Milton Rosado, stated, “Dolores Huerta’s advocacy began under the blistering sun of Stockton, California as she and her fellow farm workers toiled in vast fields for long hours and little pay. Over the years, that advocacy flourished, grew and forged a path for countless farm workers and their children to transition from arduously working long days in the fields to attending some of the most prestigious universities in the country and becoming exemplary social, economic and labor leaders within the fastest growing community in the United States.”

“Dolores Huerta is a paradigm for the tireless and lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those who face enormous and seemingly insurmountable social and economic obstacles;” said Hector Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA, “organizations like LCLAA represent the ideals that she embodies and seek to continue to carry the torch for civil rights that Huerta initially lit through her passion, dedication, and perseverance.” Dolores Huerta is a historic immigration labor and women’s activist.

During her lifelong commitment to community organizing, Huerta helped establish the Stockton division of the Community Service Organization, the Agricultural Workers Association, and, along with immigrant rights activist César E. Chávez, the organization that would later become the United Farm Workers (UFW).

Huerta was also instrumental in the passage of the 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which established collective bargaining rights for farm workers. Huerta is the president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides training, resources and direction for individuals engaged in grassroots level activism and community organizing efforts.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award presented by the President of the United States and is the highest and most prestigious honor awarded to civilians. LCLAA congratulates Huerta on the receipt of her award and commends her for joining a distinguished group of previous recipients including César E. Chávez, Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson, Harvey Milk and Rosa Parks.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers , that educates, empowers and increases opportunities for this diverse, dynamic and growing community. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to inform Latinos about workers’ rights, raise national awareness regarding the issues that affect their well-being and increase their influence in the political process.  LCLAA represents the interests of more than 2 million Latino workers in both the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Change to Win Federation. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jose G. Magaña | LCLAA | 202-508-6919

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