SACRAMENTO, California — Labor activist Dolores Huerta urged schools to reevaluate their curricula so they do not graduate white supremacists.
“I don’t think that any public school in America should ever graduate a person who is going to be a neo-Nazi or a white supremacist,” Huerta said Saturday in Sacramento, California. “If we can actually put civic, citizen responsibilities back into our schools because we don’t have that right now. I mean, it is really alarming how many people who come out of our schools that don’t vote.”
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Huerta, 93, whose United Farm Workers union publicly backed President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign last September, made the comments while addressing California Democrats during the state party’s 2023 endorsing convention as she expressed support for teachers and criticized “right-wing fascism” that she said is encouraging the banning of books across the country.
Huerta, alongside Biden campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez’s grandfather Cesar Chavez and Larry Itliong, founded the UFW in 1966 when they merged the National Farm Workers Association and Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee the year after the Delano, California grape strike.
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Rodriguez accepted the UFW’s endorsement last month as part of the Biden campaign’s prebuttal to the second Republican primary debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. The group will be critical in organizing Spanish-speaking voters in battleground states, such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Texas, before next year’s elections.
“The UFW’s organizing has always been about standing up against injustice and fighting for working people,” Rodriguez said at the time. “Those same values are at stake in this election, as MAGA Republican candidates for president would rather give handouts to the ultra-rich and powerful at the expense of hard-working Americans.”