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Inslee signs ‘Dolores Huerta Day’ bill

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Dolores Huerta, right, watches as the Washington Senate discusses a measure to designate April 10 as “Dolores Huerta Day,” on Monday, March 18, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. The chamber unanimously passed the measure honoring Huerta, the Mexican-American social activist who formed a farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

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.

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