Civil rights leader to visit Richmond

Dolores HuertaUnited Farm Worker co-founder Dolores Huerta will visit Richmond on Saturday night as a part of a seven-city, two-day campaign appeal to win Latino voters for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

While Latinos have gained in population in California, their voting rates have not kept pace with their numbers. Local, state and national candidates are increasingly seeking ways to attract the Latino vote. (California Federal of Teachers political director Kenneth Burt, also a historian, has written a very good book on Latino politics called “The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics.” Click here for a link to Burt’s web site.)

This weekend’s “Holiday Party for Hillary” calls for guests to bring an unwrapped toy for donation to local charity and go to work calling prospective voters or going door-to-door. On Saturday, Huerta will visit Fresno, Sacramento, Richmond and San Francisco. Her Sunday schedule includes San Diego, Santa Ana and Los Angeles.

In Richmond, a handful of local officials will join Huerta including Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, Pinole Councilman Stephen Tilton, Berkeley Councilman Kriss Worthington, Oakland Councilmember Jean Quan and San Leandro Mayor Anthony Santos.

Residents who wish to attend the Richmond party between 5-7 p.m. Saturday should send an e-mail reservation request to socalhrc@hillaryclinton.com.

Huerta’s appearance on behalf of Clinton is not an unusual campaign move. Presidential candidates commonly use proxies as a means to extend their presence or influence. The list of acceptable stand-ins can include their spouses or children, movie stars and even talk-show hosts, such as Democratic president candidate Barack Obama’s alliance with Oprah Winfrey.

And with most of the presidential hopefuls furiously campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire, where voters will select their choices on Jan. 3 and Jan. 8 respectively, there’s little chance that Californians will see the actual candidates for several weeks. (For a complete presidential primary calendar, my favorite site is the New York Time’s election guide.)

NOTE: The photo features United Farm Worker co-founder Dolores Huerta speaking at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Photo originally appeared at the following link: www.utexas.edu/cee/dec/spotlight/

Lisa Vorderbrueggen