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Gala Raises Funds for Adelante Mujer Latina Career Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 October 2012 04:17

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Dolores Huerta and Candy Martinez. Martinez received a Comision Femenil scholarship and graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 2010.

More than 300 women attended the annual Adelante Mujer conference held at the Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills. The locally grown women's conference encourages young women to pursue a higher education and careers.

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, is a supporter of the conference and the organization Comision Femenil, Northeast Valley Chapter, which began the conference. Huerta has expressed her support by becoming a regular speaker at the event each year.

Inspiring the large crowd of mostly female students by sharing her own story, Huerta addressed the standing-roomonly audience at the Mujeres de Corazon Gala that was held at the conference. Huerta praised Comision Femenil for its many years of advocating for women's rights and urged young women to find their passion, get an education and be prepared to make their way in this complicated world without expecting a "Prince Charming" to come along and provide for them.

The gala was also a fundraiser for Comision Femenil's 20th Annual Adelante Mujer Latina Career Conference, planned for next year.

Huerta urged her young audience to be active in civic affairs, be well informed on the propositions on the Nov. 6 California ballot, and the need for increased funding for our public schools. She spoke passionately about contributing to the economy of "working people."

President Obama presented Huerta the Presidential Medal of Freedom in March this year, the nation's highest civilian award for service to the nation. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis recently inducted Huerta into the Department of Labor Hall of Honor alongside other giants of the labor movement – Samuel Gompers, Walter Reuther, A. Phillip Randolph, Mother Jones, Cesar E. Chavez and several others.

"We were especially pleased that many young women attended and had the opportunity to listen to Dolores, a civil rights icon who inspires us all with her commitment to social and economic justice," said Maria Reza, co-chair for the conference.

Several young women were very impressed by Yvonne Mariajimenez's work advocating for the poor and lowincome families.

Mariajimenez, a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, will accompany five young women who expressed an interest in becoming a lawyer on a tour of Loyola Law School. Veronica Escobedo, a recent college graduate, commented, "Your talk inspired me to pursue a career in public interest law."

Comision Femenil also honored four women who have made significant contributions to the community. They were: Mildred "Millie" Escobedo, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge; Barbara Carrasco, artist/community activist; Virginia Diediker, founder/artistic director of Ballet Folklorico Ollin; and Mariajimenez, Deputy Director, Neighborhood Legal Services, Los Angeles County.

Comision Femenil is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Latinas in the San Fernando Valley. Comision Femenil provides scholarships for high school students, sponsors the Adelante Mujer Latina Career conference, and participates in several community events including the annual Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 04:20