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Gay Ally Receives Medal of Freedom

By Charlotte Robinson, April 27, 2012
President Obama has named Dolores Huerta a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This is the Nation’s highest civilian honor. The Medal of Freedom is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Dolores Huerta is President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation & co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez. During her more than 50 years of tireless advocacy, Huerta led national efforts to stop the exploitation of farm workers & extend government protections & equal rights. In 1998, President Clinton awarded her the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights. Huerta is also a member of the Advisory Board Member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER). Chad Griffin, AFER Board President stated, “Dolores Huerta’s decades of pioneering activism has helped create a world that is more free & equal for all. Her lifetime of advocacy on behalf of farm workers, women, the LGBT community & others has ensured that every person is treated with the dignity & respect they deserve. I am proud to count Dolores as a friend & an ally in the struggle for marriage equality. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is a fitting honor for her inspiring work.” Updates to Come...:)
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