The Palladium in Tysons Corner was the site of VLLC’s 2018 Latinos & Friends Holiday Party: Celebrating Civic Engagement, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. After a year of the hard work Latino community activists devoted to providing a voice for our community, we wanted to come together to celebrate our collective accomplishments. Not only do we have Latinos serving in a variety of elected and appointed offices, we have activists working in campaigns, serving in state, county, city/town commissions, fighting for inclusion, organizing and leading protests, motivating people to vote, and speaking out on behalf of the community, among many other important activities.
During the party program, the VLLC 2018 Civic Engagement Awards were also presented. The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals who work behind the scenes on behalf of our community. This year’s honorees were Jose Gonzalez and Monique Alcala. Jose was recognized for his long-time work as a grass-roots union organizer and for leading efforts to support those with Temporary Protective Status (TPS). Monique was recognized for her steadfast work supporting minority communities and immigrant rights, as well as diligently chairing an organization that ensures Latino participation in the political process.
A very special thank you goes to our Sponsors and Hosts:
Maria Cristina Caballero - Carlos Castro - Robert Lopez - Linda McCray
Councilman-Elect Canek Aguirre - The Honorable Fernando "Marty" Martinez - The Honorable Ignacia Moreno - The Honorable Dalia Palchik -The Honorable Tannia Talento - The Honorable J. Walter Tejada - The Honorable Emma Violand Sanchez
Hassan Ahmad - Jaime Areizaga Soto - Sindy Benavides - Yvette Castro-Green - Rosalia Fajardo - Jorge Figueredo - Patricia Gaitan - Jocelyn Garay - Leni Gonzalez - Sara Melendez - Alfonso Nevarez - Aracely Panameno - Paola Parral-Gamarra - Sergio Rimola - Andres Tobar - Gabriela Uro - Neighbor's Keeper Community Educators for Health & Civic Engagement
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Click here for VIDEO (in Spanish) from Facetas TV. Segment starts at 18:55.