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Venerable Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta Joins California Indian Tribes in Supporting the In-Person, Tribal Sports Wagering Act and Opposing the Corporate Online Gambling Prop

June 29, 2022

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2022
Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, (916) 813-1010
kfairbanks@bcfpublicaffairs.com

Sacramento, CA – Longtime labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta announced her strong support of the in-person, Tribal Sports Wagering Act and strong opposition to the Corporate Online Gambling Proposition, two statewide ballot measures dealing with sports wagering headed to the November 2022 ballot.

“Latino and Indigenous communities have a deeply intertwined history of oppression and being treated as second-class citizens in California,” said Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Action Fund. “Tribal gaming has given California’s Indian tribes the resources to fight through generational poverty, oppression and disenfranchisement. The in-person, Tribal Sports Wagering Act will empower tribes to create new economic opportunities for their members and all Californians through safe, responsible sports wagering.”

“The Corporate Online Gambling Proposition is misguided and dangerous,” Huerta continued. “This measure is a direct attack on Indian self-sufficiency that would also expose youth and the disadvantaged to the perils of online gambling. We are no strangers to corporations seeing California as nothing more than a piggy bank to extract wealth at the expense of the disadvantaged. That’s why I urge all Californians to oppose this deceptive online gambling scheme.”

Background:

The in-person, Tribal Sports Wagering Act would authorize in-person sports wagering at highly regulated tribal casinos and licensed horse racetracks. This measure is the most responsible approach to authorizing sports betting in California: all bets must be placed in-person with safeguards in place to prevent underage and illegal gambling. It will help create jobs and economic opportunities that support Indian self-reliance, while benefiting all Californians, generating tens of millions of dollars annually in new revenues for public schools, wildfire prevention and other state priorities.

The Corporate Online Gambling Proposition would authorize a massive expansion of online and mobile gambling across the state – turning every cell phone, laptop, and tablet into a gambling device. Under this measure, anyone in California could gamble anytime – leading to a massive increase in problem and underage gambling.

Dolores Huerta joins a broad coalition of California Indian tribes, civil rights, public safety, labor, business, faith leaders and advocates for the homeless that support the in-person, Tribal Sports Wagering Act and oppose the Corporate Online Gambling Proposition.

About Dolores Huerta:

Born in 1930, Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is one of the most influential labor activists and Chicano civil rights leaders of the 20th century.

Huerta began her career as an activist when she co-founded the Stockton chapter of the Community Service Organization where she led voter registration efforts and fought to improve economic equity for Hispanics. Later, she founded the Agricultural Workers Association and met César Chávez through her activism and passion for organizing farmworkers. In 1962, Huerta and César Chávez joined forces and founded the National Farm Workers Association, the predecessor of the United Farm Workers’ Union (UFW). Huerta served as UFW Secretary-Treasurer and 1st Vice President until 2002. Through her work at UFW, Huerta organized workers, negotiated contracts and advocated for safer working conditions. She also fought for unemployment and healthcare benefits for agricultural workers. In 1973, Huerta’s fierce advocacy led to the ground-breaking California Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, a first law of its kind in the United States, granting farm workers the right to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions.

In recognition of her tireless leadership and fight for equality, Huerta received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 1998 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. As of 2015, she was a board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, and the President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, a grassroots community organizing organization.