The session that I attended was Dolores Huerta speech, which was very interesting. Dolores Huerta was born on April 10, 1930, she is a labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with Cesar Chavez, co-founded the national Farmworkers association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers, immigrants, and women’s rights. She is truly a leader, working tirelessly to help the poor and women and children. She talks about war, genocide, Mass incarceration, and poverty.
During her participation in non-violent protest she was arrested 22 times trying to make changes in society. Her main question was what can we do as people to solve things in the world? Putting political issues on politicians. She talks about how change comes from the bottom, people have to be responsible because at the end of the day no one is going to make changes for us we as people have to make them for ourselves. She also talks about immigrants coming to the United States for better living because they are forced out of their countries where there are no jobs and that’s why they come to America.
In the process of finding jobs, and creating a new life the economy is suffering. This brings me back to what we are talking about in class, which is immigrants coming to the U. S. for a better life and how people don’t want them here. People voted for proposition 187 in 1994, in California which is (also known as the Save Our State (SOS) initiative). This ballot was to establish a state-run citizenship screening system and prohibits illegal aliens from using health care, public education and other social services in the U. S. State of California. Huerta argues Why is there a problem to help these people out? the United States is the wealthiest country, why can’t the U. S. supply free health care, education and other social services? She talks about how Cuba give all citizens education, and free health care. U. S. is the wealthiest but do not supply free health care. Huerta states that it is sad that we can’t support our people. She says that 1% of our population own 90% of wealth. She also talks about how we need to catch up with the cost of living, she believes that our minimum wage should be 30 dollars an hour. “We need to catch up. ” She talks about how workers only have unions and no organization.
The working class has no organization, people need to come together as one because the representing working voices are starting to get smaller. Workers that pay their dues to the union, jobs want to get rid of them. People must come together to change politics. She also talks about women rights and how women need to stop being the victim, come together to be strong and not being dominated over or manipulated. She says that men have to support our women. People need to respect everyone’s rights and get out in vote. She talks about equality marriage, people have the right to marry whoever.
She addresses prison, how prison is filled with black and brown people and how our tax money is going to build new jails. She feel that African Americans should be able to go to school for free. Racism is in the jail system, the present day of Jim Crow. At the end of her speech she states one of Cornell West quotes “Justice is the public face of love. ” We just have to remember speaking up and coming together can change a lot. What I found interesting is how she addressed a lot of the issues that are going on in the world today, but what she stressed the most was coming together for change and people speaking up in our communities.
I feel like she is one hundred percent right, if everyone came together as one on issues that are effecting people rights to live, things will be different. Another thing found interesting was when she talked about Cuba giving their citizens free health care, and education. Why is it so hard for the United States to give free health care and education to the citizens of the U. S.? While Dolores Huerta was speaking I start to think to myself, what can I do to make a change in my community? Because I see a lot of people where I come from that need help.
You see people that are on drugs, poverty and ways we can probably change those type of issues are coming together by getting more rehabilitation centers built so we can help the people that are on drugs get clean, also shelters for the poor. I think this is something that the Government should do as well instead of putting tones of money into building new jails. I also found fascinating was when she talked about mass incarceration and how the jailhouse is filled with color people something that we discussed in class. Huerta States that prison is the modern day slavery and I agree with her.
Prison is just another way to keep people of color contained that’s why majority of the prisons population are filled with more color people than white people. I just found everything she talked about interesting because a lot stuff she was addressing came hand to hand with what we are learning in class. Huerta just makes you think about what impact you can have on your community and the world if you stand up and fight for what you believe in. I notice how cold-blooded the U. S. can be and how politics play a huge part in this society.
People really do need come together for change, that’s the only way we as people will see a change, not holding back. I was always told that “A Closed mouth, doesn’t get fed” so in other words fight for what you believe in and things will change, that’s the only way. A lot of the issues that are being explored by Huerta links with a couple of the course readings, which are “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander and another reading called “Fluid Borders” by Lisa Garcia Bedolla. Huerta talked about mass incarceration amongst color people, which is something that is being discussed in “The New Jim Crow” book.
Black people are being targeted and put into the jailhouse to be contained like animals. Huerta believes this a new form of slavery and so does the writer of the book by Michelle Alexander. On page 4 Michelle Alexander states that “ Quite belatedly, I came to see that mass incarceration in the United States had, in fact, emerged as a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that function in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow. ” Huerta States that racism is in institutionalize. Police have killed more color people than any other race so what that tell you racism is still amongst us.
Huerta talks about how we need to get rid of racism. She said that “We are all Africans, Africans come in all different shades, and we all are family. ” When she talked about jails being filled with color people it automatically made me think about “The New Crow” book. Another issue that can be linked with readings from our class is when she talked about Mexican immigration and how illegal immigrants are coming to the U. S. for a better living because they are being forced out there country, where there is no jobs. You can link this issue with the reading “Fluid Borders” by Lisa Garcia Bedolla.
Bedolla addresses immigration in her book. She talks about how Mexican immigrants are stigmatized, being treated as if they weren’t human beings. On Page 18 it talks about proposition 187, which is a bill to deny education, health care and social services to undocumented immigrants and their children. These type of things are what Huerta talks about, people coming together to address these issues. In class we are talking about “Contextual capital,” which means people coming together and taking action. Dolores Huerta main argue was coming together, stop biting our tongues, fight for our rights and what we believe in.