Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.— Dolores Huerta
The most staggering Dolores Huerta quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
We must use our lives to make the world a better place to live, not just to acquire things. That is what we are put on the earth for.
We can't let people drive wedges between us... because there's only one human race.
We just have to convince other people that they have power.
This is what they can do by participating to make change, not only in their community, but many times changing in their own lives. Once they participate, they get their sense of power.
Giving kids clothes and food is one thing, but it's much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.
Honor the hands that harvest your crops.
I quit because I can’t stand seeing kids come to class hungry and needing shoes. I thought I could do more by organizing farm workers than by trying to teach their hungry children.
Don't be a marshmallow. Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk. Stop being vegetables. Work for Justice. Viva the boycott!
People would say 'Who is a leader?' A leader is a person that does the work.
It's very simple. It's a personal choice for people who choose to put in their time and their commitment to do the work. It's a personal choice.
The thing about nonviolence is that it spreads.
When you get people to participate in nonviolent action - whether it's a fast, a march, a boycott, or a picket line - people hear you, people see you, people are learning from that action.
Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk.
When you have a conflict, that means that there are truths that have to be addressed on each side of the conflict. And when you have a conflict, then it's an educational process to try to resolve the conflict. And to resolve that, you have to get people on both sides of the conflict involved so that they can dialogue.
A women's place in history has never been given the attention that it needs to be given, and that's why we have a lot of the misogyny in our society today.
When a group of people get together, it's collective power.
You know that you're doing it for the good.
Organized labor is the only way to have fair distribution of wealth...
I say that now we see a lot of hateful rhetoric against Mexicans and the Latino community, but we have a very powerful weapon. And that is our vote. This is the way we can get even with all of the politicians who are insulting us and saying terrible things about our community - by voting them out. And get the good ones. Vote them in.
My mother was a dominant force in our family.
And that was great for me as a young woman, because I never saw that women had to be dominated by men.
It's important to realize that we all need to work together.
With Weaving Movements, we are all interdependent and we all have to work together. If we could just realize that and understand that, we'll keep our country strong.
If we can just convince other people to get involved, this could make some major changes in our society. It's very exhilarating.
Why is it that farmworkers feed the nation but they can't get food stamps?
I want to say to mothers out there, you know, take your children to marches.
Take them to meetings because this is a way that they can become strong, and they understand what politics is all about because they are actually living it.
If we don't have workers organized into labor unions, we're in great peril of losing our democracy.
Our society is connecting workers with the products people consume and recognizing workers for their contributions. It is important to do that, and to have organized labor - a middle class - to preserve our democracy.
How do I stop eleven million people from buying the grape?
As a youngster and being a Latina, you see so much injustice.
We have to get back down to basics. We have to start organizing at the neighborhood level to get people educated to vote.
As we've focused more on our food and where it comes from, people now have greater awareness of what's being put onto our food, pesticides, labeling issues, and consumer health.
Exercise your right to vote.
You could really belong to a group of people and with other people, you could really make some significant changes - through the electoral process, of course, by registering people to vote, and by supporting good people who were running for office. For me, it was like I had found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Employers able to work together with workers and sharing gains and profits will lead to a much better world, getting away from income inequality.
Of course, we have leaders in the African American community as well that we've all worked with. One of the great rewards of being an activist is that you get to meet all these wonderful people. And there are many unsung heroes. There are so many out there that are good people that are working hard.
Going door to door and talking to people, convincing them to vote - this is what I call Organizing 101.
Gloria Steinem in the women's movement.
Eleanor Smeal of the Feminist Majority. There are all of these great wonderful women I've met that are so inspirational.
The first time when I was organizing, I went out and started knocking on doors to see if people were registered to vote. I was a door knocker. I didn't even have the confidence that I could register people, so I just was out there door knocking. That was my first experience.
I call myself an addicted organizer.
If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others.
If you don't know, your labor unions and community organizations, there's somebody you can ask to guide you. A lot of people, especially in the Latino community, they have this big ballot and all these names and propositions on it, and they say 'Oh my God'. They don't know which of these to vote for, so they don't vote.
In fact, the corporations are driving out the competition and it is not getting better, especially when they are not paying income taxes. Thank goodness for the social media out there, because we sure can't count on the corporate media to get the word out.
We know we only have about half of our population that's voting.
Leadership is a choice one makes.
We have to convince people that they have the power to elect people.
The people they are electing are the ones making the decisions about how our tax dollars are going to be spent. Is it going to be for more jails, or for more schools? For more house services? It's very important that people understand that, do their research and find out who to vote for.
People can take power over their communities and over their lives.
Some people don't realize they can do that. They think 'It's OK for other people, but I myself can't do it.' Hopefully, that will come out of the film.
Once I learned about grassroots organizing, I got so enamored with it because I thought 'Wow this is the way you do it!'
My son, Emilio Huerta, is running for congress. He was a young man who was marching and picketing.
The great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today. The civil rights movement, the labor movement, the women's movement, and the equality movement for our LGBT brothers and sisters are all manifestations of these rights.
I think we brought to the world, the United States anyway, the whole idea of boycotting as a nonviolent tactic. I think we showed the world that nonviolence can work to make social change.
I think, if anything, my children are the ones who have sacrificed because I've had to too many times be absent from them. But, at the same time, they have lived very enriched lives and probably experienced things they wouldn't have if not for the movements. So, there are some rewards.
When you choose to give up your time and resources to participate in community work, that's what makes a leader.
I'm glad that the fact that people are still getting poisoned by pesticide drift is gaining attention.
Sometimes, we have to promote ourselves.
Just go out and be very active about trying to find an opportunity.