THE SHAFEEK NADER TRUST FOR THE COMMUNITY INTEREST PRESENTS THE ANNUAL JOE A. CALLAWAY AWARD FOR CIVIC COURAGE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011 at 6 p.m.
The awardees are:
Harry Kelber Grassroots labor organizer and reformer, pamphleteer and author
In recognition of his 75 years of union participation and criticism of trade unions to fight harder for workers, to democratize their leadership and his refusal to excuse moribund union leaders from more energetically confronting the dire crisis of sharply declining union membership.
Concepcion Picciotto Peace and Justice Activist Extraordinaire
In recognition of her unique 30-year, 24/7 antinuclear, peace and justice vigil directly across the street from the White House, arguably the longest continual civic-political protest in US history, setting the highest standards for testing the authenticity of free speech protection under the Constitution.
The awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution Building, 1530 P Street NW, Washington, D.C. Following each award the recipients will speak briefly about their work.
The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest administers the Joe A. Callaway Award, established by Mr. Callaway to recognize individuals in any area of endeavor who, with integrity and at some personal risk, take a public stand to advance truth and justice, and who challenge unsatisfactory conditions in pursuit of the common good. Toward this end, Mr. Callaway endowed the Trust with a special fund for an annual award honoring citizens for their civic courage.
The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest was created to extend the civic values of the late Shafeek Nader, community advocate and founder of the Northwestern Connecticut Community College. A tax-exempt organization, the Trust has the task of advancing the ability of citizens to participate and shape the quality of democracy in their community.