Nominated for: helping impoverished girls across the world have their own, customized, pretty dresses. She has made over 1000 dresses for the non-profit Little Dresses for Africa.
For more information: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/99-year-old-dress-lillian-weber_n_5694861.html
Elon James White
Nominated for: his work in independent black media. He was one of the activist journalists on the front lines in Ferguson.
For more information: http://elonjameswhite.com/
Jamie Van Leeuwen
Nominated for: his work with homelessness, affordable housing, youth, public health, poverty and his work in the public sector.
For more information: http://www.globallivingston.org/leadership
J Mase III
Nominated for: being a slam poet, public intellectual, writer and activist around youth issues and in particular LGBTQ teens in the church.
For more information: http://jmaseiii.com/
Nominated for: her writing and advocacy for queer homeless youth. Having spent much of her teen years on the streets, she knows the toll that life can take. She is the author of Roving Pack &, just recently, Lost Bois, for which she is currently touring.
For more information: http://pomofreakshow.com/sassmain/
Teju Ravilochan, Tyler Hartung, & Daniel Epstein
Nominated for: founding the Unreasonable Institute, a start-up incubator that helps social entrepreneurs scale up to make a big impact on large-scale environmental or social needs.
For more information: http://unreasonableinstitute.org/
The Citizens of Ecuador
Nominated for: ratifing an amendment to the Ecuadorian Constitution that includes a Chapter on Rights for Nature. The Rights for Nature articles acknowledge that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles. And we – the people – have the legal authority to enforce these rights on behalf of ecosystems. The ecosystem itself can be named as the defendant.
For more information: http://pdba.georgetown.edu/Constitutions/Ecuador/english08.html
Nominated for: being a community organizer and helping organizations build capacity to fight for social justice, dignity and fairness for workers; and against environmental racism & gentrification. She is one of the co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter, a call to action after the death of Trayvon Martin.
For more information: http://thefeministwire.com/2014/10/blacklivesmatter-2/