Dolores C. Huerta, 70, one of the founding board members of the Feminist Majority Foundation and co-founder of the United Farm Worker Movement is in critical condition today after exploratory surgery showed a rare opening of the aortic artery in her intestines. Huerta was treated for a bleeding ulcer last week, and was hospitalized shortly after for internal bleeding.
Huerta, a pioneer of the Latino, labor and women’s movements, joined Cesar Chavez in 1962 to form the National Farm Workers Association, which became the United Farm Workers union in 1996. She served as the union’s secretary-treasurer until 1996, when she stepped down to devote her time to other issues, including supporting Vice President Al Gore’s campaign for the presidency. For more information about Huerta’s involvement in the Farm Workers Movement and Feminist Majority Foundation, visit http://www.ufw.org and http://www.feminist.org.
Cards and flowers for Dolores Huerta can be sent to:
Bakersfield Heart Hospital
3001 Sillect Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93308