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Hispanic Heritage Month 2010: KCET

2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Heroes

2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Heroes - KCET


As part of Union Bank’s Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions in the Latino community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the 13th Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors in conjunction with public television station KCET. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Hispanic Heritage Month programming from September 15 through October 15, 2010.

Congratulations to our 2010 Local Heroes of the Year:

Alcaraz.JPG        Lalo Alcaraz
        La Cucaracha Comic Strip
        Whittier, CA 

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Lalo Alcaraz is one of the most prolific Chicano artists in the Nation.  He is the creator of the first nationally syndicated politically themed Latino daily comic strip, "La Cucaracha."  He has produced editorial cartoons for LA Weekly since 1992.  His work has also appeared in dozens of publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Hispanic Magazine, Latina Magazine and Mexico’s La Jornada. Alcaraz co-hosts the popular radio satirical talk show, "The Pocho Hour of Power" and co-founded the seminal Chicano humor’zine, Pocho Magazine and the political satire comedy group Chicano Secret Service.  He has received numerous awards for his comics and his contributions to the Latino community.

Castro.JPG        Sal Castro  
        Chicano Youth Leadership Conference, Inc 
        Los Angeles, CA 

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A life- long educator, Sal Castro is well known for his passionate activism and commitment to improving educational opportunities for Mexican-American students.  As a graduate student at California State University he joined fellow activists to form the Mexican –American Youth Leadership Conference.  First held in 1963, the conference continues today as the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference.  A founding member of the association of Mexican-American Educators, Castro has been honored by many organizations.  Retired after 42-years working as a teacher, Castro continues to advocate for culturally relevant education and systemic reforms that place students on track for higher education and youth leadership.

Nogales.jpg        Alex Nogales
        National Hispanic Media Coalition
        Pasadena, CA

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Alex Nogales is president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC).  As a television writer and producer at KCBS Television in Los Angeles, Nogales received three Emmy Awards for his work on public affairs and children’s programming. As president of NHMC he has been an ardent advocate for the Latino community.  Under his leadership NHMC has filed over 50 petitions to deny broadcast licenses with the Federal Communications Commission, advocated for greater diversity in news reporting and is working with the A.C. Nielson Research Company to address under representation in Latino-themed programming and continues to push for diversity initiatives at the four major television networks.

Ozomatli_band.jpg        Ozomatli
         Cookman International 
        Los Angeles, CA

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Ozomatli is a Grammy Award-winning Latin fusion band.   As global ambassadors of Latin music, they are respected by rock enthusiasts around the world for both their music and dedication to human rights, peace and environmental issues.  Ozomatli has served as cultural ambassadors for the United States State Department, using their unique multicultural sound to champion the idea that "diversity promotes change."  Ozomatli was the first Western band to perform in Nepal as part of a celebration recognizing the ratification of an historic peace accord in that nation. 
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Hispanic Heritage Month 2010: KPBS

2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Heroes

2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Heroes - KPBS


As part of Union Bank’s Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards and to honor various individuals for the positive contributions and influence they have made in the Latino community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards, which Union Bank sponsors with public television station KPBS. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Hispanic Heritage Month programming from September 15 through October 15, 2010.

Congratulations to our 2010 Local Heroes of the Year:

Gracia.jpg        Gracia Molina de Pick
        Community Activist
        La Jolla, CA

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Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick has been an educator, feminist, student mentor and community activist for women’s equality, indigenous communities, labor and immigrants’ rights for more than 60 years. Born into a family of political activists in Mexico City she moved to San Diego in 1957. Molina de Pick earned her master’s degree at SDSU and pursued her doctoral studies at UC San Diego and USC. As a faculty member at Mesa College, she wrote the curricula for the first associate’s degree in Chicano/a Studies. At UC San Diego, she was a founder and faculty member for the university’s Third College (now named Thurgood Marshall College). She is a founder of IMPACT, an early community grassroots organization fighting for the civil rights of Mexican-Americans in San Diego and the Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional, the first national feminist Chicana Association. Molina de Pick has served as the Chicana Caucus Chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus and the National Council of La Raza, the first civil rights advocacy group for Mexican Americans. Her book; “Mujeres en la Historia & Historias de Mujeres,” highlights women in Mexican history.

Carolina.jpg        Carolina Ramos
        San Diego LGBT Community Center
        San Diego, CA

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Carolina Alcoser Ramos was named coordinator of Latino – Latina Services for the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in 2003. She previously worked with homeless youth at the LGBT Center and at the Polanski Center for Children. Ramos is a co-founder of the Black/Brown Coalition, a national organization that brings African American and Latino/a people together. She has served San Diegans as a Human Relations Commissioner; a member of the San Diego Unified School District Superintendent’s Commission on LGBT issues in Education and as a sensitivity trainer to the San Diego City Social Services Department. Ramos is a frequent speaker at schools, universities and military bases throughout San Diego on topics relating to LGBT equality and immigrant rights. Ramos has served as the Regional Director of Bienestar Human Services as an advocate for victims of domestic violence, homeless youth, and children in protective custody; and as a domestic violence advocate for the Palomar Pomerado Health Family Violence Program. Ramos has also served on the Board of Directors of PACTO Latino Aids Organization.
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