Defenders of Justice (DOJ) Awards are given by the Justice Center to honor individuals or organizations who are making significant contributions in the following areas: Litigation; Policy Research and Advocacy; Legislative and Administrative Advocacy; and Grassroots Empowerment. Recipients will be honored at our annual Defenders of Justice Event.
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THE 2014 HONOREES
LEGISLATIVE & ADMINISTRATIVE ADVOCACY
Congressman G.K. Butterfield voiced strong support for unemployment benefits for laid off workers, expansion of Medicaid to cover more uninsured families, and held numerous town halls for citizens to learn about the Affordable Care Act.
POLICY RESEARCH & ADVOCACY
Planned Parenthood in North Carolina mobilized and led a coalition of groups and individuals fighting for reproductive justice for women bringing constant attention to the reproductive rights debate in our state.
League of Women Voters – Piedmont Triad organized its members and the public in fights for voting rights, campaign finance reform, and immigration reform among many other issues, and they championed a campaign for health care access through the Affordable Care Act.
League of Women Voters – Charlotte-Mecklenburg, much like their counterparts in the Triad, also focused tremendous attention and advocacy around the changes in the state’s tax structure and state budget, fighting for progressive tax reform and investments in the state’s future.
Mona Lisa Wallace, partner in the Salisbury law firm of Wallace and Graham, has long fought against predatory lenders and payday loan operators who have trapped low and middle class families in unscrupulous loans. She has been a leading litigator fighting for workers who have been harmed by unsafe workplaces.
NC Moms Rising taps into the power of mothers who feel underrepresented and disempowered by providing presentations about issues such as how education cuts will harm our children, and what rights mothers have in the workplace.
NC Raise Up is leading efforts for a living wage for fast food workers in the state and bringing attention to the struggles they have to make ends meet, while noting that the government must often provide them with benefits because of their low wages and poor working conditions.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Cathy Tamsberg and Felicia Roper
Dr. Jessie L. White, Jr.
Bob Schall and Susan Lupton
Carol Teal and Bill Wilson
Center for Responsible Lending
Chris and Susan Graebe
Chris Fitzsimon and Barbara Wiedemann
Cone Health Foundation
Digital Benefit Advisors
Environmental Defense Fund
Fear Not Fund
Glenn Mills Fisher & Mahoney
Henry E. Teich
John Graybeal and Laurie Heise
Julie and Richard Mooney
Mary Klenz, in honor of the League of Women Voters - Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Matt and Suzanne Case
Melinda Lawrence and Greg Malhoit
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
North Carolina State AFL-CIO
Planned Parenthood in North Carolina
Rabbi Eric M. Solomon
Robert Jackson and Anne Deloria
Romeo Wiggins & Company
Scholars for North Carolina’s Future
Steve Schewel and Lao Rubert
Susan Russell and Bob Konrad
Suzanne Begnoche, Attorney at Law
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Past Defenders of Justice Award Recipients