George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East
Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director of OneAmerica
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera
Frances Fox Piven, Professor of Political Science CUNY
Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Arizona’s 7th District
Communications Workers of America
Paulette Meyer and David Friedman
Ohio Organizing Collaborative Award
Mary Kay Henry
Angelica Salas and Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Susan Sandler and Steve Phillips
Katrina vanden Heuvel and The Nation
Dorsey Nunn and All of Us or None
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Jonathan and Connie Heller
Arnie Graf and the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation
Anthony “Marc” Perrone
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Champion in Philanthropic Leadership
Donna Hall is President & CEO of the Women Donors Network, a national community of 200+ progressive women who together and individually make contributions of more than $180 million a year toward social change. Recognizing that race, gender, and class are inextricably linked, WDN’s collaborative work takes an intersectional approach. We partnered with Gulf South Allied Funders to help rebuild the NOLA region after Hurricane Katrina, recently created the Jean Hardisty Catalytic Impact Fund which is supporting grassroots leadership in the Movement for Black Lives, and incubated the Reflective Democracy Campaign to address the severe underrepresentation of women and people of color in political power. WDN is based in San Francisco, California.
Champion in Community Activism
Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. Under his stewardship, The Leadership Conference has become one of the nation’s most effective advocates for civil and human rights. Mr. Henderson is also the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Professor of Public Interest Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia. Prior to his role with The Leadership Conference, Mr. Henderson was the Washington Bureau director of the NAACP. Mr. Henderson is a graduate of Howard University and the Rutgers University School of Law. He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Henderson has received countless awards and honors, including the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit from the Washington Bar Association.
Champion in Community Organizing
Gloria Walton has been called one of the country’s most exciting “next generation” political leaders. She is President & CEO of Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), a South L.A.-based community organization that ensures poor and working-class communities have an equal voice in the democratic process.
Under her leadership, SCOPE has played a pivotal role in passing statewide propositions. Ms. Walton also led the organizing effort for SCOPE’s green jobs and training programs.
She is a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation’s Fund for Leadership Advancement grant and was named one of Liberty Hill Foundation’s Leaders to Watch in 2011. She has recently received the 2016 NAACP-LA’s Empowerment Award and the LA League of Conservation Voters Environmental Justice Champion Award.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of California Calls, the Coordinating Committee of the Black Worker Center, and is a Founding Advisory Board member of a national collaborative known as BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity).
Champion in Labor Partnership
Maria Elena Durazo is Vice President for Immigration, Diversity and Civil Rights at UNITE HERE. UNITE HERE represents 270,000 members working in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada. Maria Elena served previously as Secretary Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO (2006-2015), and as an organizer, and then President of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) Local 11. In 2003, Maria Elena was National Director of the Immigrant Workers’ Freedom Ride, a national campaign to address the nation’s immigration laws.
These awards are all about honoring an outstanding group of leaders in the fight for economic equity and social justice. Each year we celebrate social justice heroes – both sung and unsung – who have dedicated their work and, in some cases, their lifetimes to change the lives of low-income people and people of color across the country.
The Emerging Change Champion Award was established by the Center for Community Change and the Petra Foundation to recognize emerging or overlooked champions of change, who work to build power for greater social and economic justice in low income communities, specifically low income communities of color. Click here to nominate an up-and-coming leader in your community by June 3, 2016.
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The Community Change Champion Awards is a time for activists, allies, organizations and community leaders to recognize the leadership of the honorees and celebrate the work of the Center for Community Change. Join the growing list of supporters for this event by sponsoring today. Questions? Please contact Julia Paik Foster at 202-339-9360 or email@example.com.
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United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, CLC
AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust
American Federation of Government Employees
Communications Workers of America
Patricia S. Dinner
Jonathan Heller and Connie Cagampang Heller
Susan Sandler and Steve Philips
UFCW Local 1518
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Deepak Bhargava and Harry Hanbury
Ed and Jan Booth
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman
NFL Players Association
Panta Rhea Foundation
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union
The Yucaipa Companies
UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO
UFCW Local 1996
UFCW Local 400
UFCW Region 4 Central States Council
UFCW Region Council #6 – Northern Plains
United Auto Workers (UAW)
United Latinos of The UFCW
Wayne Jordan and Quinn Delaney
American Postal Workers Union
Clifford Chance US LLP
Greg and Maria Jobin-Leeds
Jeff and Karen Berman
Nia Community Foundation
UFCW District Council of New York & New Jersey
UFCW Local 1442
UFCW Local 1473
UFCW Local 1500
UFCW Local 175
UFCW Local 464A
UFCW Local 770
United Mine Workers of America
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
Mary Morris Willis
Pronita Gupta and Deepak Pateriya
UFCW Local 2
UFCW Local 328
UFCW Local OUTreach
UFCW Region 5 Council
UFCW Western States Council
UFCW Women’s Network
American Federation of Teachers
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Civil Service Employees Association
Community Service Society of New York
Donna Katzin and Alan Altschuler
Dorian T. Warren
Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP
Integrated Direct Marketing
Liam Lavery and Yazmin Mehdi
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
Lynn Kanter and Janet Coleman
Mary M. Lassen and Martin Liebowitz
Paulette J. Meyer and David Friedman
UFCW Local 2008
UFCW Local 227
UFCW Local 342
UFCW Local 832
UFCW Local 99
UFCW Minority Coalition
2015 Event Photos
Honoree Rashad Robinson with event guests
A guest applauds the evening’s Change Champions
Guests enjoy the program
CCC board member Arlene Holt-Baker and Deepak Bhargava
Honorees Arnie Graf with Fran Godine, Bishop Douglas Miles, and Rev. David Brawley of the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation
Honoree Esther Lopez with UFCW members
Honorees Jonathan Heller, Connie Heller, Esther Lopez, Arnie Graf, Fran Godine, Rashad Robinson, Bishop Douglas Miles, Rev. David Brawley, Marc Perrone
Capitol Movement Inc. dancers performed a piece with an economic justice theme
Capitol Movement Inc. dancers perform “Imagine.”
Honorees Jonathan and Connie Heller with CCC board member Quinn Delaney (center)
Guests enjoy the reception
Guests with Deepak Bhargava (second from left), Mary Lassen (center), and CCC board chair Dorian Warren (second from right)
CCC policy team staff Allegra Baider and Kate Kahan (both center) with guests
Spirit of the Awards
We celebrate the work that often goes unheralded, and the people and organizations that keep our vision for a just world alive. Too frequently, we focus only on the final outcome of a campaign instead of taking a moment to honor the often-unsung heroes behind the scenes. The Community Change Champion Awards were created to do just that: to recognize the people and organizations whose work is making progress toward social justice a reality. We honor work that reshapes the political landscape and challenges us to press forward toward a better world:
The organizers and leaders who inspire people to identify the changes they need and take action to fight for them.
The public servants who carry the voices of the people with them into the corridors of power.
The artists and thinkers who envision a more just future, and what it will take to get us all there.
The donors and philanthropists who help build a broader movement by connecting people with resources that help them fight for change.
Our partners in the labor movement, who share CCC’s commitment to rights and opportunity for hard-working people.
The organizations that bring people together and build their communities with grassroots power.
And the activists who demonstrate bravery, determination and resolve, even when the obstacles seem insurmountable and change seems out of reach.
These people and organizations nourish the social justice movement every day, in every community, in myriad ways. You’re invited to join us for our 11th annual Community Change Champion Awards to help us honor these heroes!