The Champion in Community Activism honoree is actress Sonja Sohn, who is well known for her work in the HBO hit “The Wire.” Sohn was inspired to use her celebrity in a positive way to start ReWired for Change. This organization is focused on improving the lives of high-risk youth, adults, and families living in disadvantaged areas. Her long-term goals are centered on creating a holistic, all-inclusive approach to sustainable individual and community healing and empowerment.
The Champion in Community Leadership award will go to Paulette Meyer and David Friedman, who have been leaders in the progressive movement for three decades as workers, activists, board members, and donors. Their personal philanthropy focuses on economic and asset development, community organizing, human rights, and the environment.
The Champion in Labor Partnership award is going to Communications Workers of America. CWA has committed to building a broad-based movement for social and economic justice in America through their role in the creation of Jobs with Justice and partnerships with civil rights organizations. This award will be given in memory of Seth Rosen, Vice President for District 5, who unexpectedly passed away this year.
The Champion in Community Organizing Award will go to the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a statewide organization that unites community organizing groups, labor unions, faith organizations, and policy institutes across the state. The ideas of the power of long-term alliance in like organizations, the importance of innovation in community organizing to address every faction involved, and the significance of starting these changes in the Midwest are the values that guide the OOC’s work.
For more information on the event, click here: http://www.changechampions.org/awards/