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first_img Gathering of the Crimson clan Related Snapshots from Harvard’s celebratory 368th Commencement, from dawn to dusk ¡Si, se puede! Yes, we can!She is the woman responsible for the rallying cry that mobilized generations to fight for social justice since it was adopted as the United Farm Workers of America slogan in 1972. And she was in Cambridge on Friday, leading another appeal for solidarity and change.“Who’s got the power?” 89-year-old activist Dolores Huerta asked a crowd gathered under a tent in Radcliffe Yard as Radcliffe Day came to an end. “We’ve got the power!” her audience shouted back. “What kind of power?” Huerta wanted to know. “People power!” her listeners roared.The call and response brought to life Huerta’s operating ethos, “the power is in our person,” and she urged those in attendance to get involved to help combat the nation’s rising inequality. “We have the responsibility to become activists,” she said, adding, “all of us have a lot of work to do still.”The labor organizer and civil rights icon was honored at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, receiving the Institute’s highest award, the Radcliffe Medal, for her more than 60 years of work dedicated to justice and equality for millions of marginalized people.“She has fought for the rights of laborers and Latinos,” said Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin in her introductory remarks. “She has been a powerful voice for environmental protection, for women’s rights, for voting rights, for LBGTQ equality, and so much more. She is truly a visionary leader and a tireless advocate for equality. In Dolores’ story we see how one person moved to action has in turn inspired and empowered many others to know their own strength and to do the same.”The annual award, given the day after Harvard’s Commencement, recognizes an individual whose life and work has had a “transformative impact on society.” Past honorees include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; journalists Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff; economist and former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen; Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; and Harvard president emerita, former Radcliffe dean, and Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor Drew Faust.,The afternoon included the awarding of the medal and a conversation between Huerta and journalist Soledad O’Brien ’88. Under a tent in Radcliffe Yard during a celebration that doubles as a reunion for hundreds of Radcliffe graduates, Huerta touched on a range of topics, including her devotion to fighting injustice, balancing raising 11 children with her organizing work, and the need to keep pressing for change.Reflecting on her efforts to help organize a national boycott of grapes to protest the abusive practices of grape growers in 1965, Huerta said today’s food-justice movement needs to take a similar approach. “It’s got to be the same kind of a campaign, so that you can get every school, every community group, every church, all of these organizations that are established to also talk about food justice.”She said the initial impulse to get involved in organizing struck in the 1950s when she was a teacher and young mother of two living in California. Seeing so many students arriving hungry and barefoot to class inspired her to want to fight for economic inequality by helping to organize farmers and farm workers. “I was very limited in what I could do [in class],” said Huerta, “but in organizing the parents of the children, that’s a way to make [change] happen.”In 1955 she helped start the Stockton, Calif., branch of the Community Service Organization (CSO) that helped mobilize working-class Mexican Americans in urban areas. In 1960 she co-founded the Agricultural Workers Association, where she helped set up voter registration drives and pressed for local government reforms to aid migrant workers. Two years later, Huerta, along with like-minded activist César Chávez and others, founded the National Farm Workers Association, today known as the United Farm Workers, a labor union that champions legislative and regulatory reforms for farm workers.A gifted lobbyist and skilled negotiator, Huerta helped secure state-backed disability insurance and aid for the families of farm workers in California in 1963. She was also instrumental in the enactment of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, the first law of its kind in the U.S., granting farm workers in California the right to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions.Asked by O’Brien how she honed her negotiating skills, Huerta said she did two things: She asked other, more experienced labor organizers how they did it; and she pretended she knew how to do the work, “just like the guys do.”After meeting Gloria Steinem in 1965 Huerta began to press for gender equity within the farm worker’s movement and became a vocal advocate for women’s rights. She has long supported campaigns to get more women — especially more Latina women — to run for public office, and continues to advocate for women, children, and the working poor.,Today Huerta is the president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which, according to its website, is “a community benefit organization that organizes at the grassroots level, engaging and developing natural leaders.” Among her many honors are the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.The day began with a morning multidisciplinary panel on the problems facing the U.S. food system, moderated by O’Brien and featuring Sara Bleich, Ph.D. ’07, RI ’19, professor of public health policy; Jennifer Gordon ’87, J.D. ’92, professor of law at Fordham; writer and activist Frances Lappé; economist Daniel Sumner of the University of California, Davis; and chef and food activist Alice Waters.Before the luncheon, Huerta toured a “Marketplace of Ideas” in Radcliffe’s sunken garden featuring representatives from a range of groups tackling inequities in the nation’s food system. At the Food Project table Huerta signed autographs, posed for pictures, and chatted with the group’s director of development, Lisa Jurras-Buchanan.“It was an honor to speak with her,” said Jurras-Buchanan. “She has been a highly inspiring and motivating factor for a lot of the work of the Food Project.”center_img Portraits of embraces, laughs, goodbyes, cheers, and triumphs Shining Commencement moments, capturedlast_img read more

first_imgGirls Soccer Sectional Scores.  Thursday  (10-10)Class 2A @ Batesville.Madison 3     Jennings County  0East Central  3   South Dearborn  [email protected] Rushville.New Castle  5     Franklin County  0Richmond  3     Rushville  0Class 1A @ Lawrenceburg.Lawrenceburg  3     South Ripley  1Oldenburg Academy  9     Southwestern  [email protected] CentervilleCenterville  2     Triton Central  1Union County  2     Knightstown  0last_img

first_imgIt will be another bounce back effort for USC, who suffered a 1-0 defeat to Arizona State last Sunday, a week after a 2-1 double overtime loss at the hands of Cal State Fullerton. The two losses dropped the team’s record to 5-4-1.Senior defender Autumn Altimirano believes the losses have motivated her team going forward.“We’ve always struggled with ASU, dating back to last season,” Altimirano said. “So losing to them instilled a fire in a lot of our players.”Washington brings a 4-5-1 overall mark to Los Angeles, with a 1-1 tie against Oregon State being their only Pac-12 result. The squad will also be looking to regroup after a tough shutout loss to No. 14 Portland last week.Spearheading the Husky offense is freshman Becca Shoales, whose three goal total leads a balanced attack that features five other goal scorers. Supporting Shoales are midfielders Lindsay Elston and Isabel Farrell, who both enter Friday’s game with four assists. On the defensive end, goalkeeper Megan Kufeld has amassed 33 saves, but has also allowed 10 goals in her 10 appearances.Sophomore forward Katie Johnson said that a strong week of practice has the team physically and mentally prepared for this weekend’s contests.“We’ve been working on possessing the ball a lot more,” Johnson said. “We’ve also been shooting and working on combining a lot of things together. We’ve changed the way we play to avoid some of the mistakes we made last week.”Washington State has been enjoying an impressive 2013 season, recording an unbeaten 7-0-3 record thus far and landing just outside the NCAA top 25. While the Cougars have yet to face a ranked team, they do have a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton, their one common opponent with the Women of Troy. In Wazzu’s only Pac-12 matchup so far, the squad played Oregon last week to a scoreless draw.Senior forward Micaela Castain leads a formidable Cougar attack with 10 goals, tops in the Pac-12, and is also tied for the team lead with four assists. Goalkeeper Gurveen Claire has been stellar so far for Washington State in 2013. Incredibly, she has been scored upon only three times this season, in a 2-2 tie against Oklahoma and a 3-1 season-opening win over Seattle University. Claire has 18 saves for the Cougars, and her eight shutouts and 0.295 goals-against-average both rank among the nation’s leaders.“We’re going to attack them hard,” Johnson said, referring to Washington State’s backline. “We’re going to attack the flanks and the middle, and just try to be confusing instead of predictable.”“We’ve been preparing to play these types of teams all season.” USC head coach Ali Khosrohahin said.Breaking through the Cougars’ tight defense could be a struggle for the Women of Troy, who have scored just once in their last two games. Even in the midst of this scoring drought, hope is certainly not lost on the offensive end for USC. The team scored four goals in each of their first three games, and five goals in a later game versus LMU.Senior midfielder and leading scorer Elizabeth Eddy has returned from injury, and should be a major contributor this weekend. Including Eddy, five USC players have at least three goals on the season. Freshman Kayla Mills leads the team with four assists to go with her three scores. Getting back on track on offense has been a point of focus for the Women of Troy in practice.“[Converting opportunities] is something we’ve been working on all season,” Khosroshahin said. “We’ve had some tough games to finish this season, and we hit a bit of a hiccup against ASU, but we’re determined to sort it out.”On the defensive end, goalkeeper Caroline Stanley and her teammates have been more consistent, allowing multiple goals in only two games thus far. The USC backline, which routinely rotates between eight or nine players per game, has grown into one of the most cohesive units in the Pac-12. Altimirano has been not been surprised by the defense’s strong play.“We have a bond in the back,” Altamirano said. “I think we’ll do anything to keep the ball out of the back of our net and that’s what’s keeping us strong.”Both Washington and Washington State made runs to the NCAA playoffs in 2012, adding to the importance of this weekend series. The Women of Troy defeated the Huskies 1-0 at home last year, but took a 4-0 loss at Wazzou.Both games will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network, with Friday’s commentary coming from former U.S. soccer star Cobi Jones. The USC women’s soccer team returns to McAlister Field for two games this weekend, as the team will try to regroup after consecutive gut-wrenching losses. Washington will visit the Women of Troy for a 2 p.m. matchup this Friday, while Washington State will be in town for a 3 p.m. tilt on Sunday.Indispensable · USC has outscored its opponents 11-2 in the three games that senior midfielder Jordan Marada has had a goal or assist. – Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more