John Lugo Wins National Award

Paul Bass PhotoNew Haven immigrant rights and social justice organizer John Jairo Lugo heads to Washington, D.C. this week to pick up a national award “for organizing empowered leaders to build a community-wide movement addressing entrenched inequality.”

The “Emerging Change Champion Award” comes from the Center for Community Change. He and other recipients of awards.— including U.S. Rep. John Lewis — will be honored at the group’s 50th anniversary event. (Click here for details on the event.) Melissa Perry is scheduled to emcee the event.

The organization is recognizing Lugo’s work “protecting immigrant families, winning fights against wage theft, and calling for criminal justice reform on a path to systemic change.”


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posted by: Patricia Kane on September 24, 2018  7:29am

John Lugo and ULA have recovered over $1.5 million for workers whose wages were stolen by employers paying less than CT mandated pay rates.
  John and ULA work for immigrant rights on a daily basis, in the cold, the rain and the summer’s heat.
  What the public doesn’t see is the one on one support for immigrants in need of a place to stay, or clothing or food. John works literally day and night.
  John and his colleagues at ULA are indefatigable and most worthy of a national award and recognition.
  Full disclosure: I represented John Lugo in a case for an alleged noise violation when he was protesting.

posted by: BevHills730 on September 24, 2018  9:24am

Congratulations to John Lugo.  Just recognition for such important work!!!  I hope this helps him further the cause!

posted by: Fairhavener on September 24, 2018  1:03pm

Well deserved John.

posted by: wendy1 on September 24, 2018  1:55pm

About time….Congrats!!!

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on September 24, 2018  2:20pm

John Lugo is the man.In fact Here is my National Award to Brother John Lugo.He is cut from the same Cloth.

Malcolm X - No sell out

posted by: challenge on September 24, 2018  3:09pm

Well deserved. Congratulations. A man who has worked hard to give voice to those mainstream America silences.

posted by: Sylvester L. Salcedo on September 24, 2018  10:34pm

Dedicated, courageous, selfless.  Bien hecho, un abrazo muy fuerte.

posted by: Xavier on September 24, 2018  11:21pm

Luchador Lugo congratulations
Great ally of Kica Kick Butt Matos of the Center for Community Change.
Change happening all around
Kica Kick Butt Matos, run for mayor
You got the grassroots cover
Luchador Lugo knows how to move the people
El pueblo unido, nunca será vencido.
Luchador Lugo
Be the change you want to be.

posted by: wdwagoner on September 25, 2018  9:50am

“Hay hombres que luchan un día y son buenos.
Hay otros que luchan un año y son mejores.
Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos.
Pero los hay que luchan toda la vida: esos son los imprescindibles.”
- Bertolt Brecht.

That’s John!