NHMC in the News: "Edward James Olmos to be honored for his advocacy"

(This was originally published on NBCNews.com. This morning, NBC News broke the news that NHMC will be honoring Edward James Olmos at the 17th Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala)

Edward James OlmosActor and filmmaker Edward James Olmos will be recognized for his work against human trafficking, his support for immigration reform and his fast with Cesar Chavez to call attention to farm worker safety. The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) will present the “Stand and Deliver” actor with the Lupe Ontiveros Indomitable Spirit Award at the NHMC Impact Awards Gala on February 28th.

“Throughout his distinguished acting and filmmaking career, Edward James Olmos has courageously used his platform to stand up for what is right, even when it might have hurt him with some audiences,” said Alex Nogales, President and CEO of NHMC, a civil rights and media advocacy organization.

“As he continues to lift up and defend the Latino community, Olmos’ leadership sets the example for all Latino media and entertainment professionals to use their voice to make this country a better place for all Americans–especially people of color,” he added.

The award is named for the Mexican-American actress Lupe Ontiveros, who died in 2012.