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Dolores Huerta: I’m in ‘awe’ of Aparicio, Ocasio-Cortez

February 28, 2019
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Dolores Huerta, 88, the Mexican-American social activist who formed a farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, stands for the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish while visiting the New Mexico Statehouse on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The New Mexico-born Huerta was honored by the House for "Dolores Huerta Day" as lawmakers work to save her birthplace in Dawson, New Mexico. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta says she’s in “awe” of Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio and freshman Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because of conversations they are sparking in the U.S.

The 88-year-old advocate told The Associated Press on Wednesday she’s thrilled that Aparicio was the first Mexican indigenous woman nominated for best actress at the Oscars. However, Huerta says she’s especially happy Aparicio’s role as a maid in “Roma” is drawing attention to exploited domestic workers.

Huerta says she’s been impressed with Ocasio-Cortez for pushing issues around climate change and fair wages and that Ocasio-Cortez isn’t afraid to fight for social justice despite the criticism she has faced.

The New Mexico-born, California-raised Huerta was honored Wednesday by the New Mexico Legislature for her work as a union and civil rights activist.

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Story corrects a previous version to say Yalitza Aparicio was nominated for best actress.