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:
La Cucaracha Comic Strip
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.
Chicano Youth Leadership Conference, Inc
Los Angeles, CA
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.
National Hispanic Media Coalition
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.
Los Angeles, CA
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.