Women’s Rights Champion and Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Endorses Cisneros

Highlights Philanthropic Work And Commitment To Service


Fullerton, Calif. – Today, women’s rights champion and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta endorsed fmr Lt. Commander Gil Cisneros who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional district. The endorsement adds to a growing list of supporters that includes Southern California Congresswomen, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets, and local education officials.

“Gil and Jacki Cisneros have invested much of their lives for the advancement of women, young ladies, and working families,” said Huerta. “The Gil and Jacki Cisneros Foundation is providing the ability for underserved students and their families to achieve their full potential and dreams. At a time when Congress is making this ladder of opportunity harder for women, we need Gil’s leadership in Congress to ensure that everyone has every opportunity to achieve their dreams.”

Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who was the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta helped organize the Delano grape strike in 1965 and was the lead negotiator in the workers’ contract that was created after the strike. Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers’, immigrants’, and women’s rights, including the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.

“I have tried to make my life one of service to my country, family, and community,” said Cisneros. “To have the support of someone as esteemed as Dolores Huerta is humbling. She is a hero to millions and has committed her life to the service of others. Her citizenship is a model to us all.” 

Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is president and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education, led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California and Ed Royce is more vulnerable than ever. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map, and Royce won by the slimmest margin since his first run for congress. Recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Likely R to Lean R. Most importantly, Royce has never faced an opponent like Gil before, whose dedication to service and country will propel him to victory in November.