Allies for Justice Awards
Headwaters Foundation is a catalyst for social, racial, economic and environmental justice -- supporting grassroots organizing that fosters just and sustainable communities. We do this through grantmaking, capacity building and partnering with a community of donors and nonprofit leaders working together as allies. Together, we are tipping the scales, creating a momentum that is unstoppable.
Allies for Justice Award recipients are chosen because they embody Headwaters' conviction that, together, we can create social and political conditions that guarantee justice for all. Each of this year's honorees has made a significant contribution to tipping the scales into balance in this arena.
2013 Allies for Justice Honorees
The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy - Every community needs an organization like the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED), which connects local organizing with the kind of technical expertise that takes movement building to the next level. CEED is dedicated to bringing justice to energy and environmental sustainability. In collaboration with grassroots communities, policy makers and researchers, CEED conducts community education, organizing and policy advocacy on important climate change, and development issues - guided by the principle that all members of society have the right to effectively participate in energy and environmental decisions that affect their health and livelihoods, and their community.
WaterLegacy is a grassroots citizens' group that is doing its part for future generations. Formed in response to the trheat of the first sulfide mine proposed in the State of Minnesota, WaterLegacy organizes, engages citizens, and advocates at a state and federal level to address the human and environmental health impacts of open pit mining. Recognizing that human and natural ecology are are intimately connected gthrough our water system, WaterLegacy has found common cause with Native American tribes, environmental groups, and those who fish,hunt, gather wild rice and live near areas potentially affected by mining practices. With over 3,500 members, WaterLegacy has achieved important goals in environmental protection, environmental justice, citizen participation and alliance-building.
Betty Tisel and Sarah Farley are organizing the choir for social justice - both literally and figuratively. Long-time Headwaters supporters, their recent work to promote marriage equality and protect voter rights embodies the heart and soul of what it means to be donor activists and good neighbors. That includes active engagement on a broad range of issues, from LGBTQ rights to global climate change to nurturing the rebirth of MN Community Sings. With commitment, ingenuity and boundless energy, Sarah and Betty are building comminity and advancing social justice in our state.