Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dolores Huerta skips Hartell, attends Washington screening of Chávez movie

Dolores Huerta must have been like, "Hartnell? The White House? Decisions, decisions..."

Or not.

Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta had been invited -- and possibly even said yes -- to an invitation to headline the Women's History Month celebration at Hartnell College. The event took place at noon Wednesday.

The auditorium was packed to the rafters. Organizers were putting together last minute decorations to the room at 10 past 12.

Hartnell students began distributing programs for the event. Except the name of Dolores Huerta wasn't in them.

Students began asking one another, "What's going on? Isn't she coming?"

Turns out Huerta had another commitment. In Washington D.C, to attend the screening of "Cesar Chavez," the biopic of the farmworker's rights leader. Everyone was there: Chavez's children, grandchildren, and the cast members of the movie, including Mexican filmmaker Diego Luna, who directed the film.

President Obama was there to sing Chávez praises, but he reportedly skipped the viewing. He planned to watch it later, now that he's lonely at home as his wife and daughters travel through China. 

Maybe now Luna will have a chance to learn that Huerta was never married to Chávez, as he told Spanish newspaper 'El País." I'm not making this up.

And maybe Dolores will have a chance to come soon, after the Chávez frenzy dies down.

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