2012 HRC “HERO” AWARD HONOREES
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SAN FRANCISCO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 2012 HRC “HERO” AWARD HONOREES
Awards recognize outstanding contributions in Human Rights Advocacy and Equity in Education (San Francisco, CA) — The San Francisco Human Rights Commission (“HRC”) and its Equity Advisory Committee (EAC) are pleased to announce the recipients of the agency’s 2012 “HERO” Awards which recognize local “unsung heroes” for their outstanding contributions in the field of Human Rights Advocacy and for local organizations whose programming advances Equity in Education for youth in vulnerable communities throughout the City and County of San Francisco. The HRC and the Equity Advisory Committee put out a public call for nominations for individuals and organizations that have played a significant role toward improving the quality of life for their communities and/or for fostering equity in education via human rights advocacy. The finalists were selected based on their demonstrated commitment to human rights, community service and for uplifting and fostering positive change in and throughout the City’s diverse and multicultural communities.
HRC “HERO” Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human Rights Advocacy
- Reverend Amos Brown, Pastor, Third Baptist Church and President, NAACP (San FranciscoChapter); 2009 Mayor’s Task Force on African American Out-Migration
- Aileen Hernandez- Civil Rights Activist and Chair, 2009 Mayor’s Task Force on African AmericanOut-Migration
- Doris Ward- Former County Supervisor and Assessor; 2009 Mayor’s Task Force on AfricanAmerican Out-Migration
- Espanola Jackson- Southeast Community Facility Commission and Community IconHRC “HERO” Award for Outstanding Contribution in Human Rights Advocacy
- Jose Romero- Bayview Hunters Point Community Activist and LGBT Youth/Diversity Advocate
- Karena Franses, MSW, LCSW- Social Worker, Compassion Specialist and Advocate for persons living with HIV/AIDS
HRC “HERO” Equity in Education Award for Outstanding Contribution toward Equity in Education_(Education as a Human Right)
- Omega Boys Club Leadership Academy- Provides academic development and life skills education, including college preparation and scholarship support serving youth in marginalized communities in San Francisco.
- Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) Educational Hub- Assists low income youth that have the potential to be the first generation of their family to graduate from high school and enroll in a program of postsecondary education.
Congratulations to these individuals and organizations for their outstanding contribution to human rights advocacy and for making San Francisco and the world a better place to live for everyone!
The Honorees will be recognized during the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s regular public meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 5:30 pm- City Hall Room #416. The public is invited to attend.
For more information on the HRC “HERO” Awards or the honorees, please contact, David. Miree@ sfgov.org or by calling the HRC Office at 252-2502.
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) works to increase equality, eradicate discrimination, and to protect human rights for all people