Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chicanos Por La Causa Recognizes Castillo and Elías on Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) will recognize the community work of professor Guadalupe Castillo and Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías on Thursday, June 6, at Sahuarita's Desert Diamond Entertainment Center, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road. Reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

Here's more about "Celebrating 33 Years of Empowering the People of Southern Arizona," from CPLA event organizers:

Professor and human rights activist Guadalupe Castillo and Supervisor Richard Elías will be honored. Ms. Castillo has encouraged students to see education as a tool that will enable positive change, and she has been a fierce advocate of the community for various social issues for more than 40 years. Even before Mr. Elías became a public servant, he supported efforts to ensure low-income families had equal access to services — especially affordable housing — so that everyone had a safe, secure home.

In addition to recognizing remarkable individuals, this Annual Celebration is the organization’s largest fundraising event in Southern Arizona, bringing together community leaders, the public and private sectors, and the business community. Please email, call (520) 261-7082, or register at

More on Castillo and Elías past the jump.

About the Honorees:

Guadalupe Castillo, born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is a co-founder of the University of Arizona's Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA). In 1970, she helped organize Tucson residents to establish the El Rio Neighborhood Center and fought to build the Joaquin Murrieta Park on Tucson's west side. Ms. Castillo has been a history professor at Pima Community College since the 1980s. She was one of the first professors to develop Chicano/a studies courses. Ms. Castillo is also the Co-Chair of Coalición de Derechos Humanos, and is recognized for her commitment to social justice issues.

Richard Elías, District 5, Pima County Supervisor, is an advocate for affordable housing, eliminating healthcare disparities, nurturing the development of our youth, and for promoting quality education. He also works fervently to protect water supplies and wildlife habitats and to diversify and improve our housing stock, while repairing and reinvesting in our aging urban infrastructure. Mr. Elías seeks to bring everyone together, in a spirit of cooperation, to enhance our quality of life. Throughout the years, Mr. Elías has helped CPLC advance its mission by supporting efforts to offer better opportunities, including affordable housing, to low-income families.

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