The Woman Behind The Rally Cry, 'Sí, Se Puede' Gets Her Due Recognition

Published: Monday, October 9, 2017 - 4:50pm
(Photo by George Ballis via Take Stock - The Image Works)
United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta organizing marchers on the 2nd day of March Coachella in Coachella, CA 1969.

For more than 50 years, the rally cry "Sí, se puede" has been identified with United Farm Workers' leader and social activist Cesar Chavez. In 2014, there was even a film about Chavez with that slogan in the title.

In 2008, Barack Obama borrowed the powerful phrase in its English translation, "Yes, we can," to pull together supporters in his winning presidential bid. He acknowledged who truly coined the Hispanic slogan when he honored Dolores Huerta with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Until recently, few knew that Huerta was Cesar Chavez's fellow activist during the mid-50s to 60s movement uniting California farm workers, which ultimately formed the United Farm Workers of America.

Huerta's lobbying efforts over the following decades went on to establish Aid for Dependent Families and, later, the Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975.

Three years after critics questioned the absence of Huerta's role in a film about Chavez, Scottsdale Harkins Shea 14 Cinema will hold a special screening for the film, "Dolores."

The award winning biopic is about the mother of 11 children who fought alongside Chavez for family and workers' rights.

Tuesday evening, the 87-year-old activist will join moviegoers to answer questions about the film and her life's work for social change.

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