Dolores Huerta to visit New Mexico as birthplace sits vacant

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Dolores Huerta, the Mexican-American social activist who formed a farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, is visiting the New Mexico Statehouse amid a push to name a street in her honor.

But her scheduled visit Wednesday comes as lawmakers and state officials have ignored pleas to do something around her northern New Mexico birthplace that now sits abandoned.

The 88-year-old civil rights advocate is expected to appear before the state Senate and House in honor of Dolores Huerta Day. She then is slated to speak before activists who are working to rename an Albuquerque street after her.

Huerta was born in the mining town of Dawson, New Mexico. The ghost town is surrounded by a gated fence and is not open to the public.

She later moved to Stockton, California.

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