Join Americans for Democratic Action in honoring and celebrating exceptional civic leaders, community advocates, and agents for change. The honorees this year – Harold Jordan of ACLU PA, Asian Americans United, and Community Legal Services – have all served and advocated for marginalized and underrepresented members of our society. Their work, supporting and defending the rights to which these individuals and groups are entitled, embody ADA’s long-established values of good government and social and racial justice.
The 2017 Awards Celebration will be held at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. After a reception, the awards presentation will open with remarks by ADA President and State Senator Daylin Leach and close with a keynote by Larry Krasner, Democratic Nominee for Philadelphia District Attorney. This event is ADA SEPA’s primary fundraiser, enabling our organization to work for responsive and accountable government and advocate for progressive values.
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Pennsylvania State Senator & President, Americans for Democratic Action
State Senator Daylin Leach represents parts of Montgomery County and parts of Delaware County. Formerly an attorney and college professor, he is now the Pennsylvania legislature’s leading voice on progressive issues. Senator Leach also serves as National President of Americans for Democratic Action.
Marcienne & Herman Mattleman Award for Excellence in Public Education
Harold Jordan, Senior Policy Advocate at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, has dedicated much of his career to youth development and education. A committed leader and advocate both nationally and in Philadelphia, Jordan has served on nonprofits boards, managed national organizations and programs, and researched and consulted on effective, racially-unbiased school discipline and positive educational environments.
Rita Urwitz Award for Social and Economic Justice
ASIAN AMERICANS UNITED
Since 1985, Asian Americans United has worked in Philadelphia’s Asian communities and multiracial coalitions as an ardent champion for quality education, youth leadership, immigrant rights, and folk arts and cultural maintenance. Through a range of programs and initiatives, AAU has developed leadership and good citizenship among Asian American youth and fought to secure improved services for immigrant students from the School District of Philadelphia. The award will be received by AAU Executive Director, Alix Mariko Webb.
Lenora & Norman Berson Award for Good Governance and Electoral Integrity
COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES OF PHILADELPHIA
Community Legal Services was founded by the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1966 to provide free civil legal assistance to low-income Philadelphians. Through CLS, legal counsel is made available to those who could not otherwise afford it, including the elderly, mothers and children, the disabled, and ex-offenders. CLS provides community education and legal representation, and works to change bad policy through administrative advocacy and class action litigation. The award will be received by CLS Executive Director, Deborah L. Freedman, Esq.
Democratic Nominee for Philadelphia District Attorney
Civil rights lawyer Larry Krasner is one of Philadelphia’s most outspoken and highly regarded progressive attorneys. For 30 years he has been fearlessly demanding fair treatment and justice for Philadelphians of all backgrounds.