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Dolores Huerta to be honored with 2016 Women In Green Forum Trailblazer Award and Care2 Impact Award
Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of United Farm Workers and a leading activist for environmental health, farm workers' rights, and women's empowerment, will accept the awards and address attendees at the 2016 Women In Green Forum.
"We are honored to present Dolores Huerta with the Care2 Impact Award for her dedication, advocacy, and organizing for social justice, labor rights and environmental sustainability,"
Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader, civil rights activist, and leading voice in the women's and environmental movements. Ms. Huerta co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became United Farm Workers (UFW). She founded and currently serves as the President and full-time volunteer for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, where the next generations of leaders are working across the state and nation.
Throughout a lifetime of activism, Ms. Huerta has played a critical role in the civil rights movement. She led effective strikes and boycotts against California grape growers in the 1960s, played a critical role in the enactment of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, and spearheaded legislation which resulted in the Immigration Act of 1985 (in which 1,400,000 farm workers received amnesty). She has also worked tirelessly for women's rights and empowerment over the last several decades. She has served on the Board of The Feminist Majority and has been instrumental in mentoring women leaders into key roles across many sectors.
Ms. Huerta believes in the power of each of us to have an impact on our surroundings and once said that she sees in, "every minute a chance to change the world." She continues to fight for positive change as a thought leader and activist in the environmental arena. She led one of the first campaigns against dangerous pesticides like DDT and Parathyon and has spoken out in favor of food democracy and GMO labeling. She is a leading advocate for clean energy, green jobs, and California's landmark plastic bag ban, which will face a referendum on the November 2016 ballot.
In recognition for her work, Ms. Huerta has received several of the country's highest honors. In 1998, President Clinton awarded her the Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award. In 2011, she received the nation's highest civilian honor from President Obama - the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has received nine honorary doctorates from universities throughout the United States.
"It is a high honor to present the 2016 Trailblazer Award to Dolores Huerta for her lifelong commitment to human rights and environmental health," said Jaime Nack, Founder of the Women In Green Forum. "Through her activism, advocacy, and call for legislation to protect us all from harmful pesticides, she has been working tirelessly to bring attention to the labor rights movement for several decades. We're honored to recognize her environmental and social justice leadership at this year's Women In Green Forum."
The 7th Annual Women in Green Forum will incorporate keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops around the theme "Business as (Un)Usual: Where Purpose Meets Profit". In addition to featuring sessions about sustainability in business, throughout the day attendees will have the opportunity to hear from presenters in 'Work,' 'Life,' and 'Balance' themed breakout rooms that help attendees build networking and professional skills, personal environmental consciousness, and mind and body wellness.
About The Women In Green Forum
The Women In Green Forum, produced by Three Squares Inc., is the premier conference for professionals from all aspects of the environmental industry to discuss the latest cleantech innovations, develop powerful professional networks, and build upon each other's successes. The Forum is the largest international conference for women in environmental careers.
For more information on the Women in Green Forum and to view a complete agenda, please visit http://www.womeningreenforum.com.
Care2is the world's largest social media site for good, a community of 36 million standing together, starting petitions and sharing stories that inspire action. Care2 is the only service exclusively tailored for nonprofits and mission based brands using proprietary solutions to recruit high quality donors and customer prospects. A pioneer of online advocacy since 1998, Care2 is a B Corporation, or social enterprise, using the power of business to create a kinder, more inclusive and sustainable world.
To learn more about Care2, please visit http://www.care2.com.
About the Dolores Huerta Foundation
The Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) is a 501 (c)(3) community benefit organization that organizes at the grassroots level, engaging and developing natural leaders. DHF creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy in the following priority areas:
• Health & Environment
• Education & Youth Development
• Economic Development
Their mission is to create a network of organized healthy communities pursuing social justice through systemic and structural transformation.
To learn more about the Dolores Huerta Foundation, please visit http://doloreshuerta.org.