accomplishments through the spoken word collaborations. Café Cultura members Ara Cruz and Derek Brown, accepted the award on behalf of the group. They will hold a benefit on April 13th, with a screening of “Precious Knowledge” -- a look into the banned Mexican American Studies classes in Arizona – with proceeds going to Arizona student causes (Info: cafecultura.org)
CCPJC also recognizes youth in their leadership roles. Jay Jaramillo, an energetic college student at Metro State College of Denver, and President of Journey Through Our Heritage program at Metro, received this year’s Youth Leadership Award.
“I am honored to be recognized as a leader of a coming-of-age group of artists and activists who demonstrate the philosophy of nonviolence to promote and preserve our cultural art and studies for the future in pursuit of the vision of César Chávez; the elusive goal of social peace and justice,” said Jaramillo, also an art consultant at the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council.
Spiritual leader, Roseanne “Rocky” Rodríguez closed the celebration offering inspiration and encouraged community collaboration and local and global awareness.
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