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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UCLR Announces 2018 Awardees for its 25th Annual Cesar Chavez Awards Dinner.
Amid great uncertainty surrounding DACA and immigration policy, Utah’s longest-serving Latino civil rights organization honors 25 years of advocacy and service, honoring local Latino leaders.
Salt Lake City, March 5, 2018 – Today, Utah Coalition of La Raza (UCLR) released the names of those it will honor at its annual awards dinner for their contributions in making a positive impact for Utah’s Latino community.
UCLR has selected two local Latino leaders and a fellow nonprofit to receive its Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Award: State Representative Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake City), Utah State University assistant professor Crescencio López-González, and Comunidades Unidas. Additionally, UCLR presents a lifetime achievement award, which will be given to longtime community organizer Andrew Lalo Gallegos.
In years past, UCLR has recognized a wide range of leaders, such as DREAM Act sponsor U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, and organizations, such as The Utah Compact and its organizers. UCLR has also awarded various advocates in education and the business community. In selecting this year’s Cesar Chavez awardees, UCLR says it wanted to highlight leaders who have planted the seeds of opportunity, advocacy and civic engagement within the Latino community.
“Utah’s Latino community has many incredible leaders who advocate for equity and opportunity,” says UCLR president Richard Jaramillo. “Whether it’s Representative Romero’s work on sexual assault, professor López’s efforts to foster inclusion, Comunidades Unidas’ services and programs, or the lifelong work of Andrew Gallegos in organizing our community, this year’s awardees represent the ongoing advocacy that is the legacy of Cesar Chavez.”
UCLR will also be celebrating its 25th year holding the Cesar Chavez banquet. “25 years has made the Cesar Chavez awards a community tradition and institution,” Jaramillo explained, “Given the uncertainty surrounding DACA and immigration policy, it’s definitely worthwhile to honor the meaningful contributions Latinos have made in Utah and UCLR’s 25 years helping to planting the seeds that grow into greater opportunities, rights, equality and justice for all Utahns.”
UCLR will present the Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Awards at its 25th annual awards ceremony on March 24 at the Utah Cultural Celebrations Center. Details about UCLR, the event, and awardees can be found at uclr.org and press passes will be available.