Awardees gathered with LCLAA reps: (l-r)Sam López – LCLAA State Director; Christine Alonzo, LCLAAVice President Denver Chapter; Dusti Gurule, Regional Rep for US Secretary Solid; Kendra Sandoval, daughter of Paul Sandoval and Community Liaison for Denver
The 1950’s brought many Latino activists to the forefront of the civil rights movement. These trade unionists struggled to open the doors of opportunity for Latinos. They fundamentally believed that through the labor movement and the electoral process, Latinos would be able to strive for social dignity, economic equality, access to the political process and a higher quality of life for every Latino working family.
These ideals became part of the “American Dream.” With this dream in mind, Latino trade unionists from throughout the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico convened and made a commitment to promote the social, economic and political progress of the Latino community. In 1972 they founded the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).
Currently, there are 23 states with LCLAA chapters, including Colorado. For the past five years, the Denver chapter of LCLAA has awarded individuals throughout the metro area for their activism in the community at their Annual César Chávez Dinner and Dance event.
Hundreds of supporters gathered at the VFW on west Colfax to celebrate this year’s honoree’s. The Fred Ross Award – honors non-Latino individuals who advance the rights and causes of the Latino community – was presented to Stephanie O’Malley, Deputy Chief of Staff for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
O’Malley humbly accepted the award sharing her passion for
Equality, and discussed her role as the former Denver Clerk and Recorder and her work with ACCESO, Denver’s Spanish language voting advisory committee. Her father, former Mayor Wellington Webb and her mother, former first lady Wilma Webb attended the awards ceremony congratulating O’Malley.
Denver activist Paul Sandoval, was honored with the People’s Award for his longtime contributions to the labor movement through his numerous endeavors as an elected official and community member. Sandoval’s wife, former State Senator Paula Sandoval, accepted the
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