DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today issued the following statement congratulating Nita Gonzales for being recognized as a Cesar Chavez “Champion of Change” by the White House:
“As Mayor of the great city of Denver, I am so proud of Nita Gonzales for being one of the handful of leaders in the nation to be celebrated as a “Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration. She embodies Cesar Chavez’ dedication to positive change within our community and commitment to education and civil rights for all.
“Nita is most deserving of this honor as she has boldly continued the legacy of her father Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, becoming a well-respected advocate and mentor for Colorado’s Latino community. Through her leadership at Escuela Tlatelolco and numerous other organizations, she has stood in the gap for our students of color and pushed for meaningful change in the lives of many.
“Like so many in Denver, I’ve learned a great deal from Nita’s leadership and thank her for her constant work towards social justice. She has dedicated her life to empowering the disenfranchised and giving a voice to the voiceless. We are truly proud of her accomplishments and proud to call her a daughter of Denver.”