HERO Awards will recognize organizations, students and individuals for their outstanding contributions toward Civil Rights and Economic Justice in San Francisco.


(San Francisco, CA) — The San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s (“HRC”) Equity Advisory Committee (EAC) announces a call for nominations for the 2013 Human Rights Commission “Hero Awards”  recognizing organizations, students, and other individuals for their outstanding contributions in the field of Civil Rights and Economic Justice.


With these awards, the HRC honors individuals and organizations who through their daily efforts advance civil and economic rights in the City’s diverse and multicultural communities. This year’s Hero Awards will also commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by recognizing the contributions of courageous organizations and individuals who embody  the spirit of the march. In addition, the HRC hopes to engage the city on the collective importance of recent civil rights victories and achievements in San Francisco. The awards will recognize honorees in three categories;


The Economic Equity Award for Organizations, the HRC recognizes organizations and programs that have helped ensure that everyone in San Francisco has access to high quality schools, housing stability and living wage jobs. Organizations and programs of all sizes, experience and levels of development will be considered.


The Student Hero Award, the HRC honors San Francisco’s young leaders. Outstanding high school students will be honored for their work in enhancing, promoting and protecting civil rights and economic justice in San Francisco. Those students who have a demonstrated commitment to human rights issues are encouraged to apply.


The Individual Hero Award, acknowledges individuals for their outstanding leadership in human rights advocacy and whose contributions have enhanced the quality of life for their respective communities and the residents of San Francisco.


Applications/nomination forms will be accepted until 5 pm on July 31, 2013, and will then be reviewed by the selection committee. Applications/ nomination forms may be found at: http://www.sf-hrc.org


Submission instructions and eligibility information can be found on the applications.


Awardees will be honored at an HRC meeting and reception in August 2013, where they will have an opportunity to present their work to the HRC and the public. Honorees will also have their organization or individual names displayed on the HRC website. To submit an application/nomination form or for more information please contact Zoë Polk at zoe.polk@sfgov.org.


SFHRC 2013 hero awards press release 6.5.13

2013 Hero Awards Flyer 1

2013 Hero Awards Flyer 2

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