Congratulations to these people and organizations who were honored Tuesday night at the 9th annual United Vision for Idaho Progressive Celebration and Awards Dinner:
Environmental Leader of the Year - Rachel Winer, who led the effort to defeat Proposition 2; Labor Leader of the Year - Connie Matson, shop steward and secretary-treasurer of the Lewiston/Clarkson Central Labor Council; Youth Leader of the Year - Ryan Sinclair, a high school student who organized against the anti-gay constitutional amendment; Elected Official of the Year - House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet.
Administrator of the Year - Cindy Hedge, secretary/treasurer of the Idaho AFL-CIO; Progressive Business of the Year - Second Chance Building Materials Center; Human Rights Leaders of the Year - Kim Beswick and Sarah Seidl, who courageously put a public face on the fight against the anti-gay amendment; Grassroots Leaders of the Year - Idaho Community Action Network, Canyon Area Human Rights Task Force, Centro de Comunidad y Justicia, Gustavo Acosta, Melvin Albanez, Efrain Ortega, Lucio Prado, Benjamin Reed, and other organizers of the April 2006 immigrants' rights march in Boise.
Special congratulations to this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winners: the Rev. Betty Luginbill, a tireless activist for peace, justice, human rights, and the arts, and Jim Shackelford, longtime leader of the Idaho Education Association.