Dolores Huerta, born Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta, is a labor union activist and community organizer best known for co-founding the United Farm Workers (UFW) labor union with Cesar Chavez.
She has had close associations with community organizers like Cesar Chavez, Fred Ross, and Rules for Radicals author Saul Alinsky.  Huerta, Fred Ross, and Caesar Chavez created the Agricultural Workers Association in the 1960s. 
Huerta is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, secretary-treasurer emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, and a board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation.  Huerta is also an honorary chair of the far-left political faction Democratic Socialists of America. 
Huerta was born in New Mexico in 1930.
She received a teaching credential from the University of the Pacific Delta College.
She has 11 children with three different partners. She married her high-school sweetheart Ralph Head and had two children with him before divorcing. In the 1950s, she married Ventura Huerta, they had 5 children together. She had an additional 4 children with Richard Chavez, Cesar’s brother. 
In 1955, Huerta founded the Community Service Organization and the Agricultural Workers Association. In 1968, Ms. Huerta led a strike of agricultural grape workers with Cesar Chavez.  Chavez and Huerta led the “La Huelga” strike over grape workers’ working conditions.
Huerta has led several strikes in her time with the United Farm Workers and associated organizations. In 1965 Chavez and Huerta led a 300-mile march from Delano, California to Sacramento, California. Then-Governor Ronald Reagan (R) countered the grape strike making public appearances eating grapes.
In 1973, UFW officials formed a “wet line” on the U.S. southern border to prevent migrants from coming into the United States. 
During a 1988 protest in San Francisco, Ms. Huerta was injured by the police and later received a settlement for $825,000. Ms. Huerta was outside of a San Francisco hotel protesting then Vice-President George Bush’s stance on a United Farm Workers grape strike. 
In 2006, Huerta told a classroom audience of children to start a letter writing campaign that states, “Republicans hate Latinos.” 
In 2016, Huerta offered to provide Spanish translation services for socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during a presidential campaign event when a translator was not provided.  Huerta is the co-chair of the 2020 presidential campaign of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). 
Huerta has called for ethnic studies programs to be introduced in Kindergarten classrooms. 
Huerta has claimed that President Donald Trump’s immigration policy at the southern border is “a step up above slavery.” Huerta has also expressed frustration by the lack of name recognition her name receives in comparison to Cesar Chavez. 
One of Huerta’s sons, Emilio Huerta, is a politician who has leveraged his mother’s connections for support: The Los Angeles Times reported in 2018 that “[Dolores] Huerta’s influence is so great that potential candidates opted against running after speaking with her because they fear risking her future support.”  Emilio, who had run unsuccessfully for Congress in 2016, did not ultimately run in the 2018 general elections. 
In her criticism of the pro-life movement, Huerta has described abortion opponents as “usually all white men or they’re all men, and they are going to make decisions about what women can do with their bodies.”  In 2007, Huerta received the “Margaret Sanger Award” from Planned Parenthood for her work in founding the National Farm Workers Association.