Hundreds of social justice professionals, activists and community leaders joined together in Washington, D.C. for the AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Awards Luncheon and Community Service Weekend.

This year’s theme, “The Struggle Is Free, but the Dream Must Be Televised,” represents the constant battle for civil rights and justice that plagues our country to this very day. While the results of the election unveiled the sobering similarities with the civil rights movement, we still dream of the world Dr. King so eloquently described in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The labor movement will remain steadfast in our fight for civil, human and women’s rights, and to make justice a reality for everyone.

Each year, the AFL-CIO honors labor and community leaders who exemplify what it truly means to serve our people. The AFL-CIO Executive Committee on Civil and Human Rights chose to honor leaders from across the nation who answered Dr. King’s call to live a life filled with justice and love.

Mike de la Rocha, Founder of Revolve Impact, was awarded The Justice, Peace and Freedom Award in recognition of his dedication to advancing justice, peace and freedom for workers and community members in his daily work. Mike received this prestigious award alongside Carmen Perez, Exective Director of The Gathering for Justice and co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March, and award-winning actor Jussie Smollett.

Mike de la Rocha

Founder and CEO of Revolve Impact with an impact portfolio that spans over 20 years. He has served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Californians for Safety and Justice, Legislative Deputy for then L.A. City Councilmember (and now Congressman) Tony Cárdenas, and Policy Advisor for the L.A. Human Relations Commission. In 2017, Mike was awarded the AFL-CIO's Justice, Peace and Freedom Award in recognition of his dedication to advancing justice in his daily work. In 2014, Mike was selected as one of GOOD Magazine’s top 100 people changing the world, Stanford Social Innovation Review’s top innovators in America and received the Hispanicize Positive Impact Award for his work on reducing gun violence.