Columbus – ProgressOhio is proud to announce that its 2017 Progressive Hero Award will be given to leaders and activists in the Resistance for their work protecting the most vulnerable members of society and fighting against a regressive, conservative agenda.
“Ohio progressives know that for real change to be realized it’s best to fight in the court of law and court of public opinion,’’ said ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis. “That’s why we are giving this year’s Hero Award to the Ohio ACLU and local resistance leaders. Together, these leaders have blocked the travel ban, protected health care jobs, highlighted police violence, championed reproductive rights and stood up for veterans and others purged from voting rolls.’’
Ben Guess, executive director of the Ohio ACLU, will accept the award and deliver the event’s keynote address.
Ohio progressives nominated local resistance leaders to be honored. The following individuals and organizations will be honored alongside the ACLU:
Nicole Rocco, Fairfield County Indivisible
Lili Sandler, Lorain County Rising
Jennifer Nimer, CAIR-Columbus
Mathias Detamore, Our Revolution, Dayton
Stephanie Barnard, Indivisible Cincinnati
Janet Ritter, Fulton County Indivisible Alliance
Jaladah Aslam, Mahoning Valley Activist
Indivisible Cleveland (Suzy Scullin, Ethan Goodman, Jay Ketchavar)
Tammy Alsadda, People’s Justice Project
Indivisible 12 (Sara Sampson, Mia Lewis, John Gatiss)
Honorees will be recognized at the 2017 Progressive Hero Awards on December 12. Tickets may be purchased here.
The Progressive Hero Award is given annually to those who have advanced progressive values and causes in Ohio. Past recipients include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz, ProgressOhio founder Brian Rothenberg, U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.