LULAC Honors Community Leaders
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the League of
United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Local Council #3006 and in recognition of
WaysOut Academy Family and Youth Services for twelve years of service to the
Latino community, members and clients for both organizations gathered and
selected two outstanding Latinos for their commitment and work with the Latino
community and community at large.
|Dr. Angelo A.
Christopher winner of the Cesar E. Chavez Humanitarian Award.
Velez, Colorado Springs Chief of Police, nominated for the Casimiro Barela
Public Service Award.
Dr. Angelo A. Christopher was selected from the private sector for the Cesar E.
Chavez Humanitarian Award for his long time dedication to the improvement of the
quality of life for the poor, marginalized and the underdogs in the community.
Mr. Luis Velez, Colorado Springs Chief of Police, was selected from the
government sector for the Casimiro Barela Public Service Award (Named after the
Perpetual State Senator from Trinidad) for implementing innovative Police
Department approaches and procedures to improve the safety and community
relations with newly arrived immigrants and the Latino community.
Twenty-seven nominations were submitted to LULAC and WaysOut Academy. Twelve
nominations were received for the Cesar E. Chavez Humanitarian Award and fifteen
for the Casimiro Barela Public Service Award and included educators,
professionals, business people, women, youth, social workers, Anglos and elder
LULAC president, Luis Cortez, stated the “The Latino community is neglectful for
not recognizing and affirming individuals from the Latino community who make
significant contributions to the quality of life for the total community. LULAC
is pleased and proud that the two individuals selected will receive small
recognition for work well done. LULAC plans to continue making these awards to
deserving community members who for too long have gone without recognition for
their hard work and dedication to the betterment of the total community.”
Eugene Cortez, Chair of the Selection Committee said, “The selection was
difficult and required many hours of meeting and deliberation. However, two
great individuals were selected.”
The committee was made up of diverse segments from the Latino community
including youth, elders, rich, middle-class, poor, men and women. Members from
the majority community were also included and made for an interesting discourse
as the process moved along. The process was rewarding and LULAC and WaysOut
Academy look forward to making the awards an annual event and recognize those in
our community that are making a positive contribution,“ stated Eugene Cortez.
The awards will be made in the early part of the New Year.
LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic
organization in the United States formed to advance the economic conditions,
educational attainment, access to healthcare and civil rights of Hispanic
Americans through community-based programs at more than 600 councils nationwide.
WaysOut Academy was founded December 3, 1992, in Colorado Springs. WaysOut
focuses on advocacy, education, civil rights, immigration issues and employment
opportunities for the Latino community.