Dolores Huerta, a legendary Chicano labor and civil rights leader who spoke during the 2009-10 academic year at Ferris State University, helped write an opinion piece for the Sacramento Bee.
Huerta, along with Luis Lopez, wrote a piece titled "Latinos and gays face the same foe on Nov. 2."
Here is an excerpt from the Sacramento Bee which touches on what the writers see as common ground for Latinos and gays:
Californians take pride in a state that even in hard times embraces an ethic of live and let live. But political campaigns and electoral outcomes often mock and undermine this ideal.
Few groups in California have felt the sting of contradiction more sharply than Latinos and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The statewide election on Nov. 2 is a perfect chance for both populations to send a message that picking on us will be punished.
The passage of SB 1070, Arizona's show-me-your-papers law aimed at rounding up undocumented immigrants, and California's approval of Proposition 8 eliminating marriage rights for same-sex couples have something in common. The conservative Republicans who pushed both measures played on fear and distrust – of Mexican Americans as law-breaking job stealers, of gay people as threats to morality and tradition.