2018 Honorees

Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 Honorees

Dolores Huerta, Harvey Milk Foundation Honors Medal

Preeminent Leader of the Latino, Labor and Women’s Civil rights movement

Dolores Huerta is president and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, co- founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez. She is an iconic Latina women’s rights leader, labor leader, activist and community organizer. She has worked for civil rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962 she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers of America. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation. DHF connects community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development.

Dolores Clara Fernandez was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, a mining town in the mountains of New Mexico. Her father Juan Fernández, a farm worker and miner by trade, was a labor activist who ran for political office and won a seat in the New Mexico legislature in 1938. Her mother, Alicia Chavez was an independent business woman. She owned and ran a 70-room motel. 

Dolores is a two-time US Presidential Award Recipient; she received the Medal of Freedom Award from President Obama in 2012, the highest civilian award in the United States, and the Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998.

She has received many other awards including Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle Award (the highest decoration awarded by the Mexican Government to foreign nationals), the James Smithson Award from the Smithsonian Institution, the Icons of the American Civil Rights Movement Award, bestowed to her in 2011 by the National Civil Rights Museum. Huerta is a U. S. Department of Labor Hall of Honor inductee and she was the first Latina inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a University of California Regent and has earned honorary doctorates from universities throughout the United States. 

Emma González, Harvey Milk Foundation Milan Rozsa Youth Award

Youth activist and advocate for LGBT rights and gun control

Emma González is youth activist and advocate for LGBT rights, gun control, and has become an international leader for the current generation of American students.  She survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where she still serves as the President of the Gay Straight Alliance [GSA]. Emma is the co-founder of the gun-control advocacy group ‘Never Again MSD’ and she has broadly appeared on US and international broadcast media, and has recently graced the cover of Time magazine. González was one of the organizers of the March for Our Lives, which became the largest student protest in American history. Speaking at the demonstration, González led a moment of silence for the victims of the massacre as she stood on stage in silence for six minutes, which she observed was the length of the shooting spree itself. That moving speech has become a global rallying cry to end gun violence. She has been seen on more major media outlets, in the US and abroad, than any other American activist her age. González continues to inspire as an openly LGBT media superstar, speaking up for student safety and an end to violence. Emma is now arguably the face of a movement that is actually causing change and she is doing so with the kind of courage you don’t see very often. The fact that she’s an openly LGBT, Latina, 18-year-old female, is as inspiring as it gets.

Dean Trantalis, Alan Schubert Award of Excellence

Mayor of the City of Fort Lauderdale

Dean Trantalis was elected mayor of Fort Lauderdale in March 2018. His election represented the largest victory in city history for a candidate running for a first term as mayor. Mayor Trantalis previously served on the City Commission representing District 2 for eight years. He was born in Norwich, Conn., and maintains a successful general law practice in Broward County.

His long track record of public service in our community began with his involvement in the fight for equal rights. As mayor, he is committed to responsible growth, community involvement in development decisions, increased fiscal responsibility in city government and the maintenance of the great quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Recognized for his leadership in our community, Mayor Trantalis has received multiple awards and honors. In spring 2015, he was an inaugural honoree of the Diversity Honors awards presented by the Harvey Milk Foundation. He also was honored as a Community Champion by the Broward County Commission and the Broward County Human Rights Board for his work on behalf of equal rights.

David Richardson

Florida State Representative

David Richardson is a courageous progressive running for Congress to bring responsible and forward-thinking solutions to the problems we face on the local, state and national levels. Upon winning election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012, David became the first-elected openly gay state legislator in Florida’s history. He quickly earned the respect of his colleagues for his groundbreaking work on criminal justice and prison reform, support for sensible gun violence prevention measures, promotion of traditional public schools, and steadfast commitment to civil liberties and equal rights for all. David has shown that he is a doer – not just another political talker.

In the state legislature, he has made reforming Florida’s corrupt, for-profit prison system a top priority. Faced with a system which the Miami Herald says “worked to the advantage of the private prison companies and the disadvantage of tax-payers,” he took bold action and “revealed evidence of officer-on-inmate violence at youthful offender facilities, caught officers withholding food from inmates, and persuaded the Department of Corrections to close down Lancaster Correctional Institution,” a prison incarcerating youth. Since then he has continued to expose barbaric practices and harrowing conditions at facilities across Florida, forcing an impassioned debate about government ethics, human rights, and the fundamental values we uphold as a society.

In Washington, David will engage this same unflagging spirit as he stands up to the Trump Administration and its extremist agenda.  He’ll work to implement a single-payer healthcare system, reinstate the Paris Climate Accord, and protect as well as expand upon the great strides we have made in this country on the rights of women, Hispanics, African Americans, the LGBT community and other minority groups.

David is exactly the kind of fierce and tenacious Democratic lawmaker we need in DC right now. His candidacy presents us with our best opportunity in the entire country to send a courageous and principled progressive to Congress, to flip a Republican district blue, and to fight back against a president who lacks the moral authority to lead.

Craig Stevens

News Anchor, WSVN

NATAS Silver Circle recipient and Emmy Award winner Craig Stevens co-anchors 7NEWS at 5, 6, 10, and 11pm weeknights with Belkys Nerey. He has been in television news for more than 25-years, the bulk of that time spent in South Florida.

At 7NEWS, Stevens has reported a wide range of stories: several hurricanes beginning with “Andrew,” the Oklahoma City bombing, elections from the local level to national races, including the disputed 2000 Presidential Election from Austin, Texas. He spent weeks following the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace and the manhunt for Andrew Cunanan, Pope John Paul II’s visits to Cuba and the United States, the death of JFK, Jr., the Elian Gonzalez saga, and Fidel Castro’s visit to the United Nations. In 2015 he reported from Cuba the flag-raising at the U-S Embassy in Havana and the visit of Pope Francis.

Craig has also anchored 7NEWS coverage of such major events as Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s return to Haiti, the crash of “Valujet” flight 592, the deadly shootdown of two “Brothers to the Rescue” planes, the September 11th attacks, the launch of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Castro’s transfer of power to his brother and President Obama’s 2016 state visit to Havana, and most recently he anchored several consecutive hours of coverage of Castro’s death.

Stevens began his career in 1987 in the mailroom at NBC NEWS in Washington. By election night 1988, while still a sophomore in college, he was working full-time in the NBC newsroom as an assignment desk assistant. Eventually, he worked on such programs as “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “Today,” and “Meet the Press” as a production assistant.

Craig is active in a number of charities and organizations. He spent several years as vice-president of the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences where he also chaired a committee that mentored young TV professionals throughout the southeastern United States. Stevens spends a good deal of time working with future broadcast journalists. In 2009, he joined the adjunct faculty at Barry University where he teaches a news writing course in the Department of Communication. In addition, he began teaching at the University of Miami’s School of Communication in 2014.

He has received several honors for his work, including three Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards in 2017 and recognized for “spot news” coverage of a potentially dangerous chase on a South Florida highway. In 2016 he was awarded an Emmy for his role in the team coverage of a tornado in Broward County. The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2014 awarded Craig the prestigious “Silver Circle” award, for his years of devoted service to the television industry in the Sunshine State. In 2009, he was among those named by the University of Miami as a “Communicator of the Year.” In September 2005, “Florida Monthly” magazine named Craig “Best Local TV News Anchor”. The Broward/Palm Beach “New Times” awarded Stevens with the same distinction in 2003. The city of Miami Beach awarded him a key to the city in 2006, recognizing his charitable efforts.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)

The Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park will proudly shine the spotlight on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). This group of about 30 students, led by 18-year-old student advocate Emma González, radiates an amazing amount of courage and authenticity that deserves recognition in South Florida and beyond for their influential role in demanding action by politicians to address gun violence.