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We’re continually inspired by individuals and groups that demonstrate leadership and enhance our communities. We feature these instrumental efforts in order to help foster connection and collaboration.

SLF Awards

Awards to honor life-changing efforts in medicine, science, education and the arts around the world. Click their name to read stories on their recent work:

Verda Tetteh

Verda Tetteh, 17, was awarded the scholarship during the graduation ceremony at her Massachusetts high school. Moments later, she returned it and said it should go to a student who needed it more.

Friends of Justice

Friends of Justice works to break the silence, reclaim the core mission of good news to the poor and liberty to the captive, and transform the world into a common peace community. Friends of Justice formed in response to the infamous Tulia drug sting of 1999 in which 39 African Americans were rounded up based on the false testimony of an undercover agent.

Judge Micaela Alvarez

Before being nominated to the bench in Texas’ Southern District by President George W. Bush in 2004, Judge Alvarez had been a social worker for the state’s Child Protective Services. She is a native of the nearby border town of Donna and, out of hundreds of federal judges around the country, one of only 29 Latinas on the federal bench.

Missy Sims

Missy Sims is an attorney representing 16 Puerto Rican municipalities that are seeking to hold the fossil fuel industry responsible for the damage caused by a series of storms, including Hurricane Maria.

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya (b. 1988, Atlanta, GA) is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and activist based in Brooklyn, New York. The daughter of Thai and Indonesian immigrants, her practice spans sculpture, large-scale murals, installation, and public art campaigns.

Bring It Initiative

BRING IT is a city-led campaign in which 320,000 reusable S’well bottles, one for each High School student in every public and charter school in the city, will be donated and distributed so that students can “bring it” every day with the goal to displace 54 million single-use plastic bottles over a span of 12 months.

Committee to Protect Journalism

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal.

Centro Prodh

The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (ProDH) is a Mexican civil society organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of human rights. It was founded in 1988 by the Society of Jesus in Mexico.

Christiaan van Woudenberg

Christiaan wrote and read Erie’s first Pride Month declaration in 2020. As a Board member of Being Better Neighbors (a local organization dedicated to community building, education, and cultural events to promote diversity and inclusivity), he helped organize Erie’s first ever Pride event held in 2022 for almost 4,000 attendees.

Deaf Community Services of SD

A San Diego based non profit with a goal to serve, connect and empower the Deaf Community.

Dr. Kate Cronin-Furman

Dr. Cronin-Furman studies mass atrocities and human rights. She also writes regularly for the mainstream media and works as an associate professor of human rights at the Department of Political Science at University College London.

Dr. Kate Spradley

Dr. Kate Spradley and fellow anthropologists have been coming with their students to exhume bodies found near the US-Mexico border and extract DNA samples. With no maps or records, they dig narrow trenches guided by the memories of local gravediggers. The samples are then cross-referenced with missing person databases. Of the more than 150 remains unearthed in this cemetery, 30 have been identified.

Ancient Chinese Medical Research

While the full potential of this research
has yet to be realised, information discovered to date significantly alters our
picture of the early practices and theories of Chinese medicine and presents
a wide-ranging collection of new research and clinical opportunities to be
explored. This information has the potential to change the way Chinese
medicine is understood, taught and practised in significant ways.

Restoring Justice

Founded in 2016, Restoring Justice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Houston, Texas that provides holistic and client-centered representation to marginalized members of our community facing criminal charges.

Prof. Samuel L Meyers Jr.

Dr. Myers is a professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota who has written extensively about public policy and race in the state.

Jeremy Engle

Jeremy Engle joined The Learning Network as a staff editor in 2018 after spending more than 20 years as a classroom humanities and documentary-making teacher, professional developer and curriculum designer working with students and teachers across the country.

Ted Lieu

Representative Ted Lieu is a California Democrat and former military lawyer, joining other Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee in accusing the State Department’s top lawyer and assistant secretary overseeing weapons sales of negligence on civilian deaths and of covering up the legal risks.

Professor Deepa Kumar

Professor Kumar is a journalism and media studies professor at Rutgers University. She stands among 5 women suing Rugers university for their inequitebal salaries and raising awareness about the wage gap.

Ed Bastian, Delta Charity

As CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian leads more than 90,000 global professionals who are building the world’s premier international airline, powered by a people-driven, customer-focused culture and spirit of innovation.

Kath Rogers

Kath Rogers is an attorney fightying to protect the homeless communities in San Diego, ensuring the city can no longer punish people living on the street for placing belongings on public property when they have no alternative.

Xiaoxing Xi

Xi Xiaoxing, a Temple University physics professor, at his home in Pennsylvania. After facing accusations from the Justice Department of illegally sending sensitive technology to China, he accused the lead F.B.I. agent of falsifying the key piece of evidence and ignoring repeated warnings that he was investigating an innocent man. The charges against him were dropped in 2015.

Hon. Fernando M Olguin

Magistrate Judge Fernando M. Olguin to serve as a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Olguin, who was nominated by President Obama on May 14, 2012, will preside over matters in Los Angeles in the Court’s Western Division.

Elin Ersson

Elin Ersson is a volunteer with an organization that fights the forced return of Afghan asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected. On July 23rd she filmed herself in a standoff with the cabin crew of a Turkish Airlines flight at Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg to prevent the deportation of a rejected asylum seeker to Afghanistan by refusing to take her seat on the flight..

Mr. Jean-Rene Etchegaray

Jean-René Etchegaray is the mayor of Bayonne, a quiet and refined city in the French Basque Country, 22 miles from the border. In spite of disapproval from higher powers in Paris, he says he will continue sheltering the Africans crossing the Spanish border into France as a matter of necessity and humanitarian obligation.

Kavon Ward

Kavon Ward is a resident of Manhattan Beach who arranged a picnic at Bruce's Beach to celebrate Juneteenth. She is an activist calling for forward-looking measures such as commitments to affordable housing and reparations.

Maura Healey

As an openly lesbian woman, Healey became the first openly lesbian woman elected attorney general of a U.S. state and the first openly LGBT person elected to statewide office in Massachusetts. In 2022, she became the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts.

Stewart & Lynda Resnick

Philanthropists and entrepreneurs Stewart and Lynda Resnick, owners of The Wonderful Company, have announced an unprecedented $750 million pledge to Caltech to support cutting-edge research into the most pressing challenges in environmental sustainability.

Isela Gonzalez

Nurse-turned activist Isela Gonzalez lives with bodyguards and constant threat in her fight against destructive economic interests. Mexico is rapidly becoming one of the most dangerous countries in the world for environment and land activists.


Founded in 2005, Dejusticia is a Colombia-based research and advocacy organization dedicated to the strengthening of the rule of law and the promotion of social justice and human rights in Colombia and the Global South.

Alabama State Nurses Association

ASNA seeks to improve the health of Alabama by utilizing the power of nursing to raise awareness of public health issues, promote continuous improvement of professional nursing standards, and advocate for health care environments in which nurses and patients can thrive.

Bishop George McKinney

Bishop George McKinney is a pastor in San Diego who supports a proposal for a city-run electricity program. “There has to be someone who is willing to speak truth to power.”

Carol’s House

Carol’s House is a 24-bed emergency shelter that offers survivors of domestic violence a safe home for 45 to 60 days. Carol’s House is a County-funded program.

Center for Political Beauty

»The Center is always concerned with the key questions of our time: How to deal with dictators, human rights violations, and genocide?«

Chris James

Chris James, founder of Engine No. 1, has an important foothold in Exxon’s boardroom and can try to influence the company’s strategy, particularly when it comes to reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

The Clearity Foundation

Clearity Foundation strives to improve the survival and quality of life of women with ovarian cancer. We give hope to women with ovarian cancer and their families. All of Clearity’s services are provided free of charge. We believe all patients should have access to the most advanced care, personalized for them, regardless of their ability to pay.

District Attn. Jill Ravitch

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch charged PG&E with five felonies and 28 misdemeanors Tuesday. The charges include unlawfully starting a fire which caused bodily injury, unlawfully burning inhabited structures, unlawfully causing a fire which burned forests, and various air pollution crimes, the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Dr. Jeffrey Nordella

Dr. Nordella fought and won a jury verdict for the principle that every patient deserves to have a doctor who does what is best for them, not the insurance company. Dr. Nordella has been actively working with residents who have been affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak in Southern California.

Hon. Lina Hidalgo

Lina Hidalgo became the first Latina to win the position of county judge in 2018 as Harris County’s top elected official. She advocates for new ways to prevent and remedy damage caused by floods and natural disasters to protect poor communities from bearing the brunt of the damage.

Prof. Parveen Parmer

Thousands of individuals fleeing violence and truly horrendous economic conditions seek refuge in our borders every year. Dr. Parveen Parmar is a global health researcher who focuses on health programming and documentation of human rights abuses among populations affected by conflict and crisis in the United States and abroad.

Hon. Ron Merkel QC

Hon Ron Merkel QC spent 10 years as a judge with the Federal Court of Australia. He recently backed a class action forcing the Australian Government to stop promoting bonds until it updates its disclosure information to include information about Australia's climate change risks.

St. Albans Shirley Football Club

St. Albans Shirley Football Club honored Sayyad Milne, a victim of the New Zealand Cristchurch shootings. "Sayyad played 12th Grade with us in 2017, where he proved himself to be not only a truly outstanding goalkeeper, but a great friend and colleague, a real team player with a fabulous attitude and a warm and friendly personality."

Susannah Frame

Susannah Frame is the Chief Investigative Reporter and Reporting Coach at KING 5.

Her stories have exposed many wrongs, including the violation of treaty rights of indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, homeland security breaches, injustices faced by injured workers, civil rights violations of people with disabilities and the mismanagement of nuclear waste.

Whisteblower Aid

Whistleblower Aid is a pioneering non-profit legal organization that helps government employees and private-sector workers report and expose wrongdoing—safely, lawfully, and responsibly.

Dina Srinivasan

Dina Srinivasan left her digital ad job after concluding that “Facebook and Google were going to win and everybody else is going to lose.” Her research into Google and Facebook is at the heart of a wave of antitrust lawsuits against Big Tech.Credit...

Oona Hathway

Oona A. Hathaway is a Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. She raises awareness regarding how the continued U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen may violate several domestic and international laws.

Mira Debs

Former high school history teacher Mira Debs now writes for the New York Times and acts as the executive director of the Yale Education Studies Program. She is the author of “Diverse Families, Desirable Schools: Public Montessori in an Era of School Choice.”

Youth Activism Project

The Youth Activism Project helps teen activists build the skills, networks, and resources to lead movements in their community

Learning Equality

Learning Equality is committed to enabling every person in the world to realize their right to a quality education, by supporting the creation, adaptation and distribution of open educational resources, and creating supportive tools for innovative pedagogy.

Invisible Institute

The invisible institute is a nonprofit journalism production company on the South Side of Chicago working to enhance the capacity of citizens to hold public institutions accountable.

John Streur

John Streur, the chief executive of Calvert Research & Management, is trying to use his firm’s clout as an investor to pressure companies like Kroger to alter their policies on gun sales. He has been at the forefront of gun-control discourse, taking America’s gunfight to the front lines of finance.

Lauren Faraino

Lauren Faraino is a lawyer in Birmingham who has been an ardent supporter of Mr. Woods’s, who had been sent to death row based on a case rife with flaws.

Myanmar Now

Myanmar Now is a fully independent local news agency based in Yangon and led by a group of independent journalists. It uses its ethical, investigative journalism to raise awareness about the ethnic, political and democratic issues currently impacting Myanmar.

SLF Awards

Awards to honor life-changing efforts in medicine, science, education and the arts around the world. Click their name to read stories on their recent work:

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