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.

This Year's Honorees

Cecile Richards

President, and the Young Leaders of Planned Parenthood

Tom Steyer

Founder, NextGen America

Jeffrey David Cox, Jr.

President, American Federation of Government Employees

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

Co-Founder of Racial Justice NOW!

Michelle Tremillo

Executive Director, and the Leaders of the Texas Organizing Project

This Year’s Sponsors

Champion

SEIU

Platinum

The Nation

Gold

Ed and Jan Booth

Silver

American Federation of Government Employees

Carol M. Barger – Silver

International Union, UAW

Paula & Barry Litt

Wayne Jordan & Quinn Delaney

Bronze

American Federations of State, County and Municipal Employees

American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

Donna Katzin

Julia Taylor Kennedy

PowerPAC.org

Ullico Inc.

Supporter

American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO – Supporter

Arlene Holt Baker and Willie Baker

Boston Common Asset Management

Cecilia Ortiz

Community Service Society of New York

Deepak Pateriya and Pronita Gupta

Jane Fox-Johnson

Judy Patrick

Manuel Pastor

Mary Morris Willis

Mary Lassen and Martin Liebowitz

Tim Sweeney

Previous Years Honorees

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. The application for nominating potential Emerging Change Champions is now closed.

 

Nominate a Champion

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. With this award, the Center for Community Change will acknowledge an up-and-coming leader who has demonstrated high levels of leadership and promise, with the potential to reach beyond organizational boundaries to build a broader movement.

Individuals nominated for the Emerging Change Champion Award should display a combination of activism and thought, force of character, independence of judgment, and clarity of expression.