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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Campaign Announces Endorsements From Rep. Raul Grijalva and Dolores Huerta

Two of the nation’s most influential Latino leaders -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Dolores Huerta, legendary co-founder of the United Farm Workers union -- have endorsed Democratic candidate Norman Solomon for Congress.

The endorsements come in the race for an open seat in California’s new coastal district stretching from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.

Congressman Grijalva (D-AZ) said: “I have decided to endorse Norman Solomon, my friend and a great progressive activist, advocate, and author, in his primary race for U.S. Congress.”

Grijalva added: “This is a time for bold leadership. This is a time for activist solutions. This is a time to elect historical, not rhetorical, progressives -- in other words, progressives who have shown with their entire lives that they are on our side. That's why I am so proud to take the unusual step today of endorsing my friend and progressive ally, Norman Solomon, in his campaign to win the primary for Congress from northern California.”

The statement from Grijalva is being distributed nationwide by Progressive Democrats of America, which had previously endorsed Solomon. Grijalva is on the organization’s advisory board.

Huerta is an icon of nonviolent struggles for a broad range of human rights. During more than five decades of leadership, she has been a trailblazer for labor rights, women’s rights and social justice.

“Dolores Huerta and Raul Grijalva are inspirational leaders, and their support for our campaign is truly uplifting,” Solomon said.

Solomon, an independent progressive Democrat, is running a grassroots campaign that has already mobilized hundreds of volunteers. While refusing to take a single dollar of corporate PAC money, the Solomon campaign has raised more than $250,000 in donations. More than 2,200 different individuals have contributed to the campaign.

For background on Raul Grijalva, click here.

For background on Dolores Huerta, click here.