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Indy Citizen Awards 2006



To be thankful is, in some ways, to be humble. That's certainly true when we think about the winners of this year's Citizen Awards: We're profoundly thankful for the work they do—to promote peace, voters' rights, the environment, education, media access and political involvement—and humbled by their years of hard work and dedication.

The Independent's Citizen Awards were first given in 1984 to honor grassroots activists making the Triangle a better place to live, work and learn. That the list of nominees is so long each year is testament to the energy and commitment that makes this community great. Our thanks go out to all of the readers who sent nominations (and take heart if your nominee isn't featured here—we've thought of some tremendous story ideas out of this process).

Please join us in raising a toast to the accomplishments of our Citizens from across the Triangle and to the hard work of all of our community's activists, past, present and future.

2006 Citizen Award winners

  • Margie Ellison
  • Lanya Shapiro & Traction
  • Chad Johnston
  • Andrew Pearson
  • The Pesticide Education Project

    A Tradition of Giving Thanks

    Citizen Awards winners

    Bernice Wade and Barbara Stiles
    Band Together
    Code Pink
    Chuck and Laura Richardson
    Dr. Evelyn Schmidt
    Thomas Savage

    Pete MacDowell
    Peggy Misch
    NCCU Civic Engagement Task Force
    El Pueblo
    Blaise Strenn

    Deloris Bailey
    Janet Colm
    Earl Matlock
    Marcia Owen
    Lewis Pitts
    SeeSaw Studio

    Ashley Forte
    Ann Akland
    Gene Galin
    Caleb Southern
    The Anti-Warriors

    Bill Padgett
    Daniella Cook
    DeWarren Langley
    Gail Phares
    Empowerment Inc. and Mark Chilton

    Bill Towe of Peace Action
    Internationalist Books
    The Hispanic Credit Union
    Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)
    Bertie Howard of the Africa News

    Alex Charns
    Kamau and Mawiyah Kambon
    Jo Sanders
    Sidney Brodie
    Louise Davis
    Ken Rose and The Center for Death Penalty Litigation

    Rick Dove
    Coalition for the Public Trust
    Linda Wilson and Candles of Hope
    Jimmy Leach
    Myra Fuller and Rhondette Jones
    Old West Durham Neighborhood Association

    Florence Siman-Zablah
    N.C. Farmworkers' Project
    Luis Alvarenga
    Jovenes Lideres en Accion and Youth for Social Change
    Lizette Cruz-Watko

    Helping Hands Center, Siler City
    Chris Fitzsimon
    Patrick O'Neill and Mary Rider
    UNC Housekeepers Association
    Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA)

    Joe and Lucy Straley
    Quinton Baker
    Ron Mace
    Cy King
    Margaret Brown
    Christine Strudwick

    Joe Neff
    Falcon's Cry
    Waltye Rasulala
    Jim Baxter
    Terry Grunwald
    Sam Reed

    Roz Savitt
    Northampton Citizens Against Pollution
    Grace Higgs
    Lynice Williams
    Gretchen Durham

    Rev. Linda Jordan
    Rev. Mahan Siler
    Cash Michaels
    Linda Mabry
    Dietrich von Haugwitz
    N.C. Community Land Trustees

    Sister Evelyn Mattern
    Rev. Jim Lewis
    Lisa Madry
    Clay Thorp
    Shirley Mclain
    Juanita McNeil
    The Center for Peace Education

    John Bartlett
    Rebecca Clark
    Louise Kessel
    Roy Gorman
    Those Who Speak Out

    Jim Clark
    Michael Bleyman
    Dave Owens
    Shiloh Coalition
    Common Ground
    Billie Rogers
    Margaret Pollard

    Saladin Muhammad
    Catherine Vicks
    Julia Taylor
    Center for Community Self-Help

    Phail Wynn Jr.
    Malcolm Potts
    Center for Women's Economic Alternatives
    Bill Holman
    Jacques Menache

    Janet Hoyle
    Mary Talbert
    Mandy Carter
    David Stanford
    C.A.S.H Volunteers

    Ann Shephard
    Eddie Davis
    The Lesbian and Gay Health Project
    Rev. Wilson Lee
    Melinda Lawrence

    Carolyn Allen
    Lightning Brown
    Bob Hall
    Kenneth Duane Johnson
    Joe Herzenberg
    Jimmy Little
    Gloria McCrae

    Carolina Interfaith Task Force on Central America
    Deep River Citizens Coalition

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