EVA LONGORIA AND OTHER SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS HONORED AT FARMWORKER JUSTICE – LOS ANGELES AWARDS
MEDIA ALERT – LOS ANGELES – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 – LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, DTLA
WHAT: Farmworker Justice Awards – Los Angeles. To kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrities and Latino community VIPs turn out for Farmworker Justice Awards – Los Angeles recognizing leaders of the Latino community for their social impact. The honorees include Eva Longoria, award-winning actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, activist, and advocate for the rights of farmworkers; John Echeveste, CEO of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes; Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); and Bel Hernandez, CEO of Latin Heat Entertainment and Chair of the Farmworker Justice Advisory Council, Tuesday, September 14 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles.
Presented by Pepsico, the event provides an opportunity to bring together supporters and contributors from the business, legal, government, and nonprofit communities to report and highlight Farmworker Justice’s important work. It also serves to recognize individuals, businesses and other organizations that have demonstrated leadership, commitment, dedication, and sacrifice to address the ongoing plight that farmworkers face each and every day in America.
NOTE: COVID-19 Guidelines will be in effect. All attendees, volunteers and staff will be required to show proof of vaccination before entering the event. A negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours before the event will also be accepted.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
4:00 PM Press Registration
5:00 PM Red Carpet Arrivals
6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Program and Awards
8:45 PM End of Show
WHERE: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
WHO: Event Host: Jordi Vilasuso (The Young and the Restless);
Bruce Goldstein, Farmworker Justice President, Opening Remarks;
Dolores Huerta, civil rights icon, co-founder of the United Farm Workers and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Keynote Remarks, introduced by actress/psychotherapist Julie Carmen.
Eva Longoria, award-winning actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, activist, and advocate for the rights of farmworkers, receiving the Farmworker Justice Award, presented by David Damian Figueroa, Farmworker Justice.
John Echeveste, CEO of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, receiving the Social Justice Award, presented by Hon. Gloria Molina, Chair, California Community Foundation.
Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), receiving the Shelley Davis Memorial Award, presented by Antonia Hernandez, President, California Community Foundation.
Bel Hernandez, CEO of Latin Heat Entertainment and Chair of the Farmworker Justice Advisory Council, receiving the Dolores Huerta Award, presented by Dolores Huerta.
Plus, confirmed celebrities and VIPs: Guitar virtuoso and pop culture icon, Charo; Alma Martinez (“Gentefied”); Annie Gonzalez (“Flamin’ Hot,”); singer Catie Waters; Pepe Serna (“With Love” -Amazon, “Flamin’ Hot,” “Scarface”); Jesse Garcia (“Flamin’ Hot”); Joseph Raymond Lucero (“Mayans M.C.”); Dan Guerrero (“¡Gaytino!”); actor/director Enrique Castillo (“Blood In, Blood Out”); Laura Patalano (“Gentefied”); Edy Ganem (“Devious Maids”); Eric Marq (“Flamin’ Hot”); Fabian Alomar (“Flamin’ Hot, Mayans M.C.); Karina Noelle Castillo (“The Good Doctor”); former NFL kicker Frank Corral; actor JM Longoria (“Miracles from Heaven” “Bibi”); Carlos Carrasco (“Blood In, Blood Out”); rapper Melo Menace; recording artist Leyo Mendez “Paying for Love” latest album); former NFL Placekicker Tony Zendejas; Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (“Hadestown”); Hector Atreyu Ruiz (Las Carpas); José Luis Valenzuela (Director, LATC); Evelina Fernandez (Actress, Screenwriter); Marabina Jaimes (Emmy Award-winning host/actress); Naibe Reynoso, Co-Founder Latinafest, LA CO. Channel news anchor, founder Con Todo Press; Yareli Arizmendi (“A Day Without a Mexican”); Sergio Arau (“A Day Without a Mexican”).
Expected to attend: Jacob Vargas (Mr. Iglesias), Emilio Rivera (Mayans M.C.); and many more.
VISUALS: Paintings by Master Chicano Artist Yolanda Gonzalez on sale to benefit Farmworker Justice.
The inimitable Charo joins event host Jordi Vilasuso to conduct the auction.
Event designed by Ricardo Soltero, scenery director and stage set designer for the annual Hollywood Forever Día de los Muertos celebration.
SOCIALS: Instagram: @Farmworkerjustice; FB: @Farmworkerjustice;
Hashtags: #handsthatfeedus; #fairwages; #farmworkerjustice #farmworkerjusticeawards #40thanniversary
Farmworker Justice is a national advocacy organization for farmworkers. FJ founded in 1981 is based in Washington, D.C. and collaborates with organizations throughout the country to empower farmworkers to improve their wages, working conditions, occupational safety, health immigration status and access to justice. For more information visit the Farmworker Justice website at www.farmworkerjustice.org and follow #HandsThatFeedUs.
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