Beall Congratulates Medal Of Freedom Recipient Dolores Huerta

May 02, 2012

Assemblymember Jim Beall commended the selection of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s most illustrious civilian award.

“It is with great pleasure that I wish to congratulate you on the announcement of your inclusion as a recipient of our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.’’ Beall said in a letter to Huerta

“To have this great honor bestowed upon you, for your invaluable contributions as an American labor leader and civil rights activist, co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, and advocate for the rights of women, immigrants, and workers everywhere, is a shining achievement that marks the indelible legacy you have created. . . . Your sense of decency, courage, and tenacity are models for all of us to emulate in the fight against injustice.

“As a fellow Californian, I am especially proud to relay my sincere congratulations to you on such an auspicious occasion as this.’

The White House announced last week that Huerta had been chosen for the rare honor which is bestowed upon Americans “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,’’ according to an Obama Administration statement.

In addition to co-founding the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farmworkers of America, Huerta played an instrumental role in the adoption of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, giving farmworkers the right to collective bargaining. She also worked to secure state disability insurance for farmworkers. A decade ago, she established the Dolores Huerta Foundation to nurture a new generation of leaders.