Celebrate People's History: Dolores Huerta

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.20
Related artists
Bobby Cortez
Blake Riley
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
December 2006
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
Poster is titled: “Dolores Huerta (b. 1930) ¡Si Se Puede!" A tan, black, and brown poster. There is an emblem of a woman's face in the center of the top half of the image. There are grapes and flowers growing all around her. There is text below her and her name is above her on a ribbon. Main text on the poster reads: “Dolores Huerta nació en 10 de abril de 1930. Líder del movimiento laboral chicano, confundadora y vicepresidenta del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Campo (UFW), ha dedicado su vida a la lucha por la justicia y dignidad de los trabajadores immigrantes del campo. Su trabajo durante el Boicot Nacional Contra la Venta de Uva del UFW condujo a la aprobación del Acta de Relaciones Laborales en la Agricultura de 1975 en que se establecieron los derechos básicos de los trabajadores. Dolores sigue luchando por que haya mejores salarios, aqua limpia y excusados en los camps agrícolas; vivienda digna, prestaciones de salud y un ambiente de trabajo libre de acoso y agresiones sexuales. En 2006, sigue encabezando la lucha a favor de los derechos civiles y promoviendo el activismo no violento. The translation of the main text is also on the poster: “Dolores Huerta, born April 10, 1930, Chicana labor leader, co-founder and vice-president of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW), has dedicated her life to the struggle for justice and dignity for migrant farm workers. Her direction of the UFW’s National Grape Boycott let to the passage of the groundbreaking Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975 establishing the farm workers bill of rights. Dolores followed the struggle for a living wage, clean water and toilets, fields, decent housing, health benefits, and the freedom without sexual harassment and assault. In 2006, she came found on the front lines fighting for civil rights and promise of nonviolent activism.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.