Thursday, October 18, 2012
IBC Bank-Zapata CEO to be Honored with Texas Heritage Award from Texas Civil Rights Project
IBC Bank-Zapata CEO Renato Ramírez will receive the Texas Heritage Award from the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) at the organization's 22nd Annual Bill of Rights Dinner Saturday, October 27. Ramírez is being recognized for his commitment to honoring the contribution of Hispanics to Texas culture and history. Over the course of 12 years, Ramírez tirelessly championed the establishment of a Tejano Monument on state capitol grounds until it became a reality on March 29, 2012. Under his leadership, his group of volunteers raised $2.4 million, passed three bills through the legislature, received unanimous approval from the State Preservation Board, and built the largest monument on any capitol grounds in the U.S.
TCRP was founded in 1990 as part of a non-profit, community-based foundation that promotes racial, social, and economic justice through litigation, education, and social services. Since its beginning, TCRP has achieved gains in ensuring justice for Texans of limited means and income in areas such as voting rights, police and border patrol misconduct, sex discrimination, employment bias, privacy, disability rights, grand jury discrimination, and traditional civil liberties. TCRP also provides social and legal services to low/moderate-income victims of domestic violence. The organization has offices in Austin, SouthTexas, El Paso, and Midland/Odessa.