Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president

Labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta endorsed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE (D-Calif.) for president on Friday and joined the first-term senator's campaign as co-chair.
 
Huerta, who first jumped into the national spotlight in the 1960s as a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association in California, said Harris's vision is "exactly what we should hope for from the next President of the United States.”
 
The endorsement is a major win for Harris, whose past as a former attorney general and federal prosecutor has at times raised questions about her social justice credentials.
 
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"For her entire career, she has fought on behalf of and given voice to the vulnerable from creating innovative programs to help first-time offenders get education and job training to avoid recidivism, to demanding that California and our country protect immigrant communities and afford them the opportunity to fully contribute to the country they love," Huerta said Friday.
 
Since her announcement in January, Harris has outpaced other Democratic contenders in collecting endorsements and putting together a primary campaign structure.
 
A day after her announcement on Jan. 28, Harris was featured in a CNN town hall from the early voting state of Iowa.
 
Harris has collected several endorsements from top California Democrats, including Reps. Ted LieuTed W. LieuThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration Don't tell Marianne Williamson she can't win The Hill's Morning Report - Can Barr and House Dems avert contempt clash? MORE, Nanette Barragán, Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillCalifornia lawmaker discusses personal experience with abortion Women's rights hashtags trend on Twitter following Alabama abortion law Overnight Energy: Dems press Interior chief to embrace climate action | Lawmakers at odds on how to regulate chemicals in water | Warren releases climate plan for military MORE and Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeOvernight Health Care: HHS issues rule requiring drug prices in TV ads | Grassley, Wyden working on plan to cap drug costs in Medicare | Warren to donate money from family behind opioid giant Dem lawmaker shares video of herself dancing to Beyonce for Dance Week Lawmakers renew push to create American Latino Smithsonian museum MORE, the chairwoman of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
 
 
Support in California is likely to play an outsized role in next year's Democratic primaries, as the state has moved its election date to March.
 
Huerta's endorsement helps Harris with several key voter blocs, including Hispanics, progressives and labor organizations.
 
“I have spent my career advocating for workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, and on behalf of the LBGTQ community because I believe our country is only as great as the opportunities we afford all our communities. Senator Kamala Harris is the right leader to expand those opportunities as president, and I am proud to endorse her,” said Huerta.