UCLR Announces 2019 Awardees for its 26th Annual Cesar Chavez Awards Dinner.
Amid the ongoing political battle over the border wall, denials of asylum seekers at ports of entry, and the continued family separations at the border, Utah’s longest-serving Latino civil rights organization will take an evening to honor local Latino leaders whose works, advocacy and service have advanced Utah’s Latino community.
Salt Lake City, March 20, 2019 – Utah Coalition of La Raza (UCLR) has announced its winners of the 2019 Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Awards and its Robert “Archie” Archuleta Lifetime Achievement Award, the latter of which was named in honor of the lifelong community activist who died earlier this year.
UCLR has selected two local Latino leaders and a fellow nonprofit to receive the Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Award this year: Olga De La Cruz, Ray Betancourt, and the Suazo Business Center. Additionally, UCLR will award the Robert “Archie” Archuleta Lifetime Achievement Award to longtime community advocate and organizer, Beatrice Sanchez.
In years past, UCLR has recognized a wide range of individuals and organizations who have worked in different fields, on both sides of the political aisle, and across the entire state. “This year’s awardees represent a wide range of good works done for the Latino community,” explained UCLR President Richard Jaramillo. “From Olga’s work with at-risk youth and healthcare disparities, to Ray’s years as an innovator in educator, and the Suazo Business Center’s ongoing work to develop and empower minority and underserved entrepreneurs, this year’s awardees continue the legacy of Cesar Chavez in their own pursuits for equality and justice.”
“We must always remember that the progress we make today is owed to the work done by those that came before us,” Jaramillo says, “so this year UCLR will be honoring the lifelong work of Bea Sanchez who has done so much to uplift our Latino community along with the poor and underserved.”
This year marks the 26th Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Awards Banquet, which will be held on March 29 at the Union Event Center (235 North 500 West, Salt Lake City) from 6pm-9pm. Details about UCLR, the event, and awardees can be found at uclr.org and press passes will be available.