[sixties-l] Fwd: Dolores Huerta: Update and news clips

From: radman (resist@best.com)
Date: 11/01/00

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    >To: UFW@topica.com
    >Subject: Dolores Huerta: Update and news clips
    >Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 10:03:16 -0800
    >News from the Farm Worker Movement(www.ufw.org):
    >Update on Dolores Huerta
    >Nov. 1, 2000 - 10:00 am: Dolores' condition remains critical.  The next
    >24-48 hours will be crutial.  For more information call the Dolores
    >Huerta Hotline at: 661-823-6206.  Please keep Dolores in your prayers
    >and thank you for your support.
    >Associated Press- Breaking Story
    >UFW co-founder remains in critical condition after surgery
    >BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores
    >Huerta remained in critical condition Tuesday after undergoing surgery
    >to stem bleeding from a rare opening in an artery.
    >Family members gathered at the bedside of the 70-year-old labor and
    >women's rights activist in the intensive care unit at Bakersfield Heart
    >Hospital. Huerta was on life support and sedated, but was beginning to
    >open her eyes and reach for respiratory tubes running into her throat,
    >giving her family hope that she will recover.
    >"With prayers and that great fighting spirit we've come to know her by
    >we're hoping it all comes together for her," said Emilio Huerta, one of
    >her 11 children.
    >After surgery Monday morning to repair an aortic artery in her
    >intestines, her progress was monitored by the minute for the first three
    >"They told us that the odds were against us at that point," Emilio
    >Huerta said. "She has improved in the sense that her bleeding has
    >stopped and she didn't have any cardiac arrest and the likelihood of
    >that is less and less."
    >Huerta was first hospitalized last Wednesday for treatment of a bleeding
    >ulcer, and was released Friday. She began feeling ill again the next day
    >and was readmitted Sunday, family members said.
    >Huerta was a young elementary school teacher in the farm-rich San
    >Joaquin Valley when she decided to follow another calling in 1955.
    >"I couldn't stand seeing kids come to class hungry and needing shoes,"
    >she once said. "I thought I could do more by organizing farm workers
    >than by trying to teach their hungry children."
    >She began working with Cesar Chavez and in 1962 co-founded the National
    >Farm Workers Association -- the forerunner to the UFW -- where the
    >single mother of seven earned a reputation as a fearless fighter. Chavez
    >died in 1993.
    >Emilio Huerta was optimistic that his mother would show the courage she
    >did 12 years ago when she recovered after being critically injured
    >during a San Francisco rally called to protest presidential candidate
    >George Bush's opposition to the UFW grape boycott.
    >The 5-foot, 100-pound woman suffered three broken ribs, a pulverized
    >spleen and required more than a dozen blood transfusions after being
    >caught between advancing police officers who were thrusting their batons
    >into the crowd of demonstrators.
    >The city paid about $850,000 to settle her lawsuit in what was the
    >city's largest-ever police misconduct settlement. A grand jury
    >investigating the matter chose not to bring charges, but recommended
    >sweeping changes in crowd-control policies.
    >Huerta stepped down as the UFW's secretary-treasurer in September to
    >help campaign for Al Gore.
    >Last year she was honored with the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human
    >Rights by President Clinton for her lifelong work as a labor activist.
    >Dolores Huerta Listed as Critical After Operation
    >UFW co-founder fights bleeding after surgery
    >Chronicle Staff Report    Wednesday, November 1, 2000
    >Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, remained in
    >critical condition yesterday after surgery in Bakersfield early Monday
    >morning to correct internal bleeding.
    >Huerta, 70, who co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez in
    >1962, was treated last week for a bleeding ulcer in the lower
    >intestines, according to Jocelyn Sherman, the UFW's public affairs
    >manager. Discharged Friday, Huerta fell ill again Sunday morning,
    >suffering extensive internal bleeding. She was hospitalized at
    >Bakersfield Heart Hospital late Sunday and underwent surgery.
    >``It's apparently a rare condition, an aortic duodenal fistula, that was
    >discovered during exploratory surgery,'' Sherman said. ``Doctors say her
    >prognosis is guarded and that the next 24 to 48 hours will be crucial.''
    >In 1962, Huerta, then a single mother with seven children, joined Cesar
    >Chavez and his family in Delano (Kern County), where they formed the
    >National Farm Workers Association, which became the UFW in 1966.
    >Last year she was honored with the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human
    >Rights by President Clinton for her lifelong work as a labor activist.
    >She stepped down as secretary- treasurer of the union in September to
    >devote herself to other pursuits, including campaigning for Vice
    >President Al Gore, Sherman said.
    >Before her illness, she was scheduled to begin a statewide Viva Gore
    >campaign, traveling the length of the state, according to her son,
    >Emilio Huerta.
    >``She is a very high-energy person, and we are hoping and praying for
    >the best,'' Emilio Huerta said. ``We understand the bleeding has
    >Another son, Dr. Fidel Huerta, and a daughter, Angela Cabrera, a nurse
    >at the hospital, also have been by her side, along with her longtime
    >companion, Richard Chavez, the brother of Cesar Chavez.
    >Huerta is the mother of 11 children and has 14 grandchildren and four
    >great grandchildren.
    >In an answering machine message to update her condition, Fidel Huerta
    >asked for prayers and asked people to donate blood. Dolores Huerta
    >required 28 units of blood and had nearly exhausted the local blood
    >supply, a hospital spokesman said yesterday.
    >Chronicle news services contributed to this report.
    >2000 San Francisco Chronicle   Page A7
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