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Legendary labor leader to address the 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change!

Date: 
September 16, 2008

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Dolores Huerta builds grassroots political power at
the Creating Change conference!

Workshop proposal deadline: September 30, 2008
Early bird conference registrations accepted
until: November 30, 2008


WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 — Co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, legendary social justice heroine and leader Dolores Huerta will address the 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, in Denver, Colo.

The Task Force is accepting proposals for workshops, training sessions and caucuses at the Creating Change Conference, convening Jan. 28–Feb. 1, 2009, in Denver. Proposals must be submitted through the online submission process. Complete information about session proposals and the online form can be found at www.creatingchange.org. The proposal deadline is Sept. 30, 2008.

A strong advocate and leading Latina voice for full equality for LGBT people, Huerta recently recorded a bilingual advertising message urging California voters to reject Proposition 8, the proposed amendment to that state’s Constitution that would strip away the freedom of same-sex couples to legally marry.

Huerta serves as president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, dedicated to building the grassroots political power of farm workers, union members and neighborhood activists. Through the Dolores Huerta Community Organizing Institute, the foundation helps people become leaders in their communities, to make real and concrete progress for individuals and for communities, and to change power dynamics in our society.

She co-founded the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) in 1962 with Cesar Chavez and, with Chavez, launched a movement to empower migrant farm workers and to improve their lives and the lives of their children. In September of 2003, Dolores was appointed to the Board of Regents for the University of California system. She also serves on the boards of the Feminist Majority and People for the American Way.

Conference registrations are now being accepted. The early bird registration rate of $250 is available until Nov. 30, 2008. Registrations and hotel reservations at the Grand Hyatt Denver, the host hotel for Creating Change, can be made online at www.creatingchange.org.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.