Accepting Nominations for 2016 Honorees

What was the most innovative campaign you saw in 2015? Who took their work to the next level? Who had a major victory to advance the cause of economic justice?

These are the questions we you to keep in mind as you tell us who you think should be honored at CEJ’s Annual Awards Dinner (May 19th, 2016 at the Ironworkers Banquet Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.)

We are now accepting nominations for awards, and there are 4 categories for candidates. To nominate someone, send an email with your name and the name of the person you think should receive recognition to info@cejbuffalo.org or call us at 716-892-5877.

THE NORMAN W. HARPER LABOR AWARD

Purpose: To honor a person who has followed in the footsteps of the late Norman W. Harper, former President of UAW Local 2100 and Co-Founder of the Coalition for Economic Justice, by contributing greatly to the health of the labor movement in Western New York and to improving the conditions of economic justice in our community. Such a person will have demonstrated:

1. A deep commitment to the labor movement and the cause of economic justice. 2. Significant leadership in one or more labor organizations resulting in victories for workers that advance such things as: their right to be organized; fair compensation; safety on the job; and/or dignity at work. 3. An ability to develop relationships with other community leaders and with the media so that the public perception of the need for economic justice is improved.

THE FUTURE OF JUSTICE AWARD

Purpose: The Future of Justice Award is given to young person who has shown dedication and leadership in the fight for economic justice in Western New York. This individual has demonstrated a commitment to action on behalf of WNY’s workers and has distinguished his or herself as a future leader in the fight for jobs with justice. Such a person will have demonstrated:

1. A deep sense of commitment to the labor movement and the cause of economic justice. 2. Able to demonstrate leadership skills by organizing students in support of labor movements. 3. Ability to develop relationships with other community leaders and with the media so that the public perception of the need for economic justice is improved.

THE REV. ROBERT BECK FAITH AND JUSTICE AWARD

Purpose: To honor a person who has followed in the footsteps of the late Rev. Robert Beck, former Pastor of St. Paul’s and St. Mark’s United Church of Christ and Co-Founder of the Coalition for Economic Justice, by contributing greatly to the development of mutual understanding and support between the religious and labor communities. Such a person will have demonstrated:

1. A deep religious faith 2. A deep commitment to the labor movement and the cause of economic justice 3. Work that has brought members of the religious community and the labor community together to create: a) improved understanding of their shard values and goals; and b) significant advances in the conditions of economic justice in Western New York.

THE JOAN MALONE AWARD

Purpose: To honor a woman who has followed in the footsteps of Joan Malone, a founder, the first director, and active member of the Coalition for Economic Justice. Joan has worked tirelessly to fulfill the mission of CEJ and unite labor, faith, community, and academic allies in the fight for social and economic justice. Such a person will have demonstrated

1. A deep commitment to coalition building 2. A deep commitment to the labor movement and faith based institutions 3. A dedication to at risk and vulnerable communities

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