(Supplied by Chin Banerjee, President SANSAD)


Raj Chouhan, a New Democratic Party (NDP) member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly and a former member of the Indian People’s Association in North America (IPANA) is the recipient of the 2011 Cesar Chavez Black Eagle Award for his selfless service to the farm workers struggle.


The Farm Workers movement, which is the subject of Anand Patwardhan’s documentary “A Time to Rise”,  was started by Raj along with his comrade Harinder Mahil and others in 1970’s to highlight the miserable condition of farm workers, mainly Indian immigrants.


The Black Eagle Award was established to recognize extraordinary individuals and organizations for making exceptional contribution to the fight for justice in Canada’s agriculture industry.


Raj and other award winners will be honored at the 12th Annual Awards dinner and ceremony hosted by UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance on November 2nd in Toronto.

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