The following is a reflection by Jayme Epstein as part of #TeamBrandy’s Conventional Wisdom vs. Unconventional Women series. Epstein is a resident in Rockville.
“Si se puede! Si se puede! (Yes, we can!)” rings through the streets of America today ever since Dolores Huerta coined the term almost 50 years ago.
Those words defined Huerta’s life, as a woman, an organizer, and an advocate for the rights of all people. She is most famous for co-founding the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, a role that was often downplayed because she was a woman. Against all odds, not to mention big agribusiness and the government, Huerta built a movement, then devoted her life to raising up the voices and improving the lives of oppressed Americans, breaking race and gender barriers each step of the way.
She founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation in 2002 to build local power and fight for justice in California’s Central Valley. Today, at age 87, Huerta continues to lead the organization and travels the country supporting candidates for political office and civil rights. Accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, Huerta emphasized the power of organizing communities to fight for economic and social justice:
“The freedom of association means that people can come together in organization to fight for solutions to the problems they confront in their communities. The great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today.”
Unconventional women have organized their communities to secure economic and social justice for oppressed workers and citizens. Will you contribute $10, $25 or $50 to Brandy’s campaign to challenge the conventional wisdom about political leadership in Montgomery County?
Get involved today by volunteering or hosting an event build a Montgomery County for all!
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