March 19, 2008

Civil rights pioneer Dolores Huerta to speak at Sac State

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Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activist for more than half a century, and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, will speak at Sacramento State in the University Union Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. Her lecture, part of the University's Women's History Month events, will focus on U.S. immigration policy and its impact on women.

Huerta's talk is presented by the University Union UNIQUE Programs, the Women's Resource Center, Multicultural Center, California Faculty Association, Serna Center and ASI at Sacramento State.

Huerta, who first came to national attention when she organized a widespread grape boycott in the 1960s, remains active in causes supporting civil rights, women's rights and farmworkers' rights. She also chairs the nonprofit Dolores Huerta foundation, which trains community organizers to assist immigrants and the poor. In recent public appearances, she has stressed the importance of intense hands-on involvement in the political process.

For more information, visit www.csus.edu/union/unique or call (916) 278-6997. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.