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A Celebration of Dolores Huerta

Thursday, October 5 // CCA Sculpture Garden, Cinematheque, and Tank Garage // 5-7pm // Free 

CCA, IATSE, New Mexico History Museum, PBS and Somos Un Pueblo Unido team up to host legendary civil rights hero, Dolores Huerta. 

The legendary Dolores Huerta, one of America’s most influential activists of the past 100 years, visits Santa Fe to attend an event held in her honor October 5, 2017, at the Center for Contemporary Arts. After a visit to Capital High School, where she will address the student body, Dolores will be present at a free community feed at the CCA, with food provided by IATSE Local 480, the film technicians union, including speeches and entertainment provided by the civil rights organization Somos un Pueblo Unido, which fights for immigrants rights in New Mexico.

Following the feed, there will be a ticketed screening of DOLORES, Peter Bratt’s extraordinary new film, which tells the story of Dolores’ eventful life. Tickets are $15 for the screening, which is introduced by Gregory Nava (EL NORTE, SELENA) and is followed by a Q&A with Dolores moderated by Marcela Diaz, Executive Director, Somos un Pueblo Unido. DOLORES will open for a regular run at CCA on Friday, October 6.

The program is part of the film series Radical Southwest, produced in conjunction with the New Mexico History Museum’s exhibit “Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest,” on display through February 11, 2018. The series is supported by the New Mexico Humanities Council.

Details: A Celebration of Dolores Huerta
Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe
Thursday, October 5
5-6:30p Free Community Dinner, with live music and presentations, and free admission to the Tom Joyce: Everything At Hand exhibition
7p DOLORES, documentary screening plus Q&A: $15, in the Cinematheque (overflow seating will be available in the Studio if necessary
Tickets for the 7p screening: www.ccasantafe.org / 505-982-1338

About Dolores Huerta
Born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, a small mining town in the mountains of northern New Mexico, Dolores Clara Fernandez was the daughter of a father who was a farmworker, miner and union activist who served in the state legislature, and a fiercely independent mother, who moved her family to California after divorce and started a hotel. Dolores earned her teaching credential, but after seeing her students arrive to school with empty stomachs and bare feet, began her lifelong fight for economic justice. While working as a community organizer in 1955, she met César E. Chávez, with whom she shared a vision of organizing farm workers.

In 1962, César and Dolores launched the National Farm Workers Association, with Dolores soon securing Aid For Dependent Families and disability insurance for farm workers in California. She was instrumental in the enactment of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, the first law of its kind in the United States, granting farm workers in California the right to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions. She wielded significant economic power through hugely successful boycotts, and worked with the union to influence the ballot box through grassroots campaigning. Robert F. Kennedy acknowledged her help in winning the 1968 California Democratic Presidential Primary moments before he was shot in Los Angeles. Throughout the years she has worked to elect numerous candidates including President Clinton, Congressman Ron Dellums, Governor Jerry Brown, Congresswoman Hilda Solis and Hillary Clinton.

While directing the first National Boycott of California Table Grapes out of New York, Dolores came into contact with Gloria Steinem and the burgeoning feminist movement and, having found a supportive voice with other feminists, began to challenging gender discrimination within the farm workers’ movement. At age 58 Dolores suffered a life-threatening assault while protesting against the policies of then-presidential candidate George Bush in San Francisco. A baton-wielding officer broke four ribs and shattered her spleen. Public outrage resulted in the San Francisco Police Department changing its policies regarding crowd control and police discipline. Dolores took a leave of absence from the union to focus on women’s rights, traversing the country for two years on behalf of the Feminist Majority’s Feminization of Power: 50/50 by the year 2000 Campaign, encouraging Latinas to run for office. The campaign resulted in a significant increase in the number of women representatives at the local, state and federal levels.

Now 87, Dolores continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women, and children, including through the Dolores Huerta Foundation and through talks with students and organizations about issues of social justice and public policy. Dolores was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in March of 2013 and has received The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton (1998), Ms. Magazine’s One of the Three Most Important Women of 1997, Ladies Home Journal’s 100 Most Important Woman of the 20th Century, The Puffin Foundation’s Award for Creative Citizenship: Labor Leader Award (1984), The Kern County Woman of The Year Award from the California State Legislature, The Ohtli Award from the Mexican government, The Smithsonian Institution – James Smithson Award, and nine honorary doctorates. There are six public schools named after Dolores. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

About the documentary DOLORES
Peter Bratt’s documentary sheds light on New Mexico’s Dolores Huerta, the enigmatic, intensely private founder of the United Farmer Workers, and most important activists in American history still missing from the history books. With unprecedented access, Bratt portrays a heroic and very human woman, whose tireless commitment to the marginalized led her to confront Teamsters on a picket line, and face baton-wielding policemen. Her fearlessness and vision, in partnership with Cesar Chavez, made the world a safer place for workers, particularly Latinos. (U.S., 2017, 95m)

Critical acclaim
· “Bratt’s provocative and inspirational film … artfully blends riveting archival footage with present-day commentary … enlightening viewers about the formidable Huerta and raising awareness of her rightful place in civil rights history.” —The Wrap
· “3.5 stars … Huerta is such a commanding figure, and the array of historical footage marshalled on behalf of her story is so impressive, that the film makes a strong impression.” –RogerEbert.com
· “Energetic, engaging … celebrates the 86-year-old’s myriad accomplishments (and) an exceptionally eventful, still-active life. ­–Variety

About the presenting organizations
The New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is part of a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Museum exhibitions and programs supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

The museum’s exhibit Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest spans the decades of the 60s and 70s exploring this influx of young people to New Mexico and the subsequent collision of cultures. Through archival footage, oral histories, photography, ephemera and artifacts, the exhibition examines this cultural revolution and asks how these forms of rebellion inform the ways we think about contemporary social and political questions of what it means to be an engaged citizen.

IATSE Local 480 represents professional film technicians working "below-the-line" on TV and movie productions in the state of New Mexico. Since 1988, Local 480 has covered experienced film workers in over ninety crafts within twenty departments. It is our goal to provide our members with the benefits of safe working conditions, health coverage and retirement.

Somos Un Pueblo Unido, founded in 1995, is a statewide community-based and immigrant-led organization that promotes worker and racial justice, with an active membership of 2,500 people in ten counties.

The Center for Contemporary Arts is an arts and culture hub for northern New Mexico's diverse communities. Founded in 1979, CCA is one of the oldest artist-centered organizations in the American Southwest, committed to supporting emerging and established artists. CCA draws more than 55,000 visitors annually for exhibitions, independent films, performances and public programs.
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