Photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo to Receive Cesar Chavez Award

Black Eagle Press Release 2010


Wayne Hanley, UFCW Canada President, and the Agriculture Workers Alliance are proud to announce the recipients of the 2010 Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Awards.


  • Olivia Chow MP -NDP Immigration Critic
  • Paul Cavalluzzo – Lawyer

    Vincenzo Pietropaolo's Harvest Pilgrims documents the lives of Canadian agricultural workers

  • Leonel Godoy – Governor for the state of Michoacán, Mexico
  • Gill McGowan – President Alberta Federation of Labour
  • Kerry Preibisch – Sociology Professor Guelph University
  • Vincenzo Pietropaolo – Photographer and Activist


The eleventh annual “Black Eagle Awards” acknowledges outstanding contributions by individuals towards dignity and respect for agriculture worker. The Award named after Cesar E Chavez the founder of the United Farm Workers Union in California, and his life long struggle for a safe and just food supply across North America.

This annual event is the only fundraiser for the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) which is Canada’s largest organization of agriculture workers. The AWA runs ten support centers across Canada that provides free support and advocacy for agriculture workers. The vast majority of the work is on behalf of the tens of thousands of seasonal agricultural workers from Jamaica, Mexico and other Eastern Caribbean countries. With the expansion of the temporary foreign worker programs for the agriculture industry the AWA are now providing services in Canada to workers from around the world including Guatemala, Thailand, Philippines, Honduras and South Asia.


For tickets and more information contact Stan Raper – National Coordinator Agriculture Workers Alliance at 416-675-1104 x232


This year’s event will be held at the Ontario Federation of Labour Building in Toronto on November 3rd 2010.


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