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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs “Dolores Huerta Day” bill

March 21, 2019
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee admires a poster of Mexican-American social activist Dolores Huerta as he talks with two of Huerta's great-nephews, cousins Nate Morris, 12, right, and Chase Haagen, 11, second from right, of Vancouver, Wash., Thursday, March 21, 2019, during a bill-signing at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed a bill into law Thursday that designates April 10 as Dolores Huerta Day in Washington state. Huerta, who will turn 89 on April 10, was a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure designating April 10 as Dolores Huerta Day.

The measure honoring the Mexican-American social activist passed the Legislature earlier this week. Inslee signed the measure Thursday, saying that called Huerta a woman of “tremendous accomplishment” and saying that workers everywhere are indebted to her.

Huerta, who will turn 89 on April 10, was a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded what would become United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez. Last year, Washington lawmakers passed a bill designating March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day. Such days of recognition are not considered legal holidays in the state.

In 2012, Obama acknowledged Huerta for her role in the creation of his “Yes, We Can” slogan during his first presidential campaign. Her “Si, Se Puede” rallying cry was part of the farmworkers’ movement.