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Jamie Van Leeuwen

Jamie Van Leeuwen

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
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/InternationalPrograms/oia/fulbright/recipients/jamievanleeuwen/Pages/default.aspx

The Citizens of Ecuador

Ecuadorian Voters 200

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

Leslie Feinberg

Leslie Feinberg

Leslie Feinberg

Nominated for: Transgender and labor rights activism.

Quotes: “Everybody’s scared, but if you don’t let your fears stop you, that’s bravery!”

“We are pitted against each other in order to keep us from seeing each other as allies. Genuine bonds of solidarity can be forged between people who respect each other’s differences and are willing to fight their enemy together. We are the class that does the work of the world, and can revolutionize it. We can win true liberation.”

For more information: http://www.transgenderwarrior.org/

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier

Nominated for: his indigenous rights activism in support of self-sufficiency, spiritual and traditional culture, and youth. He has been in jail since 1975 and is recognized by the international community as a political prisoner wrongfully convicted of murder.

For more information: http://www.ipoaa.com/leonard_peltier_biography.htm
http://www.freeleonard.org/case/
http://www.leonardpeltier.net/theman.htm

Mother Jones

Mother Jones

Mother Jones

Nominated For: being a fierce labor organizer and fighter for the working class in the early days of the movement, when such activities could very easily get you killed. She strove especially hard for miners and to abolish child labor.
Frequently arrested for her hell-raising ways, she was once in court when objections were raised to the defendants’ profanity-laced testimony. When called out by the judge she said:
“Why, Judge,” Mother Jones said, “That’s how working people pray.”
“Do *you* pray that way, Mother?” the Judge asked.
“When I want an answer in a hurry, I do!” she replied.

Quotes: “Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living!”
“I have been in jail more than once and I expect to go again. If you are too cowardly to fight, I will fight.”

For more information: http://www.aflcio.org/About/Our-History/Key-People-in-Labor-History/Mother-Jones-1837-1930

Walker Karraa

Walker Karraa

Walker Karraa

Nominated for: Dr. Karraa was nominated for her work in mental health and families, particularly post-partum depression in women. She created stigmama.com to create a space for women to “speak their truths in a non judgmental, supportive, creative community. We need the wisdom and support of others to unpack stigma of mental difference in motherhood.”
For more information visit: http://www.stigmama.com