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Voting for the sixth annual Maria Leavey Tribute Award winner is now closed. This award will be presented at the Take Back the American Dream conference to one of these five finalists based on your votes. Each of these finalists have been selected by a panel of Maria’s colleagues and allies from dozens of nominees based on the importance of their behind-the-scenes work for the progressive movement in the past year.
Read the brief nomination statements for each candidate and make your selection now. Balloting closes on May 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET. Find out more about the Maria Leavey Award.
Maria Leavey was the quintessential unsung progressive hero: an organizer with extraordinary talent, a behind-the-scenes force with an uncanny ability to connect rising young talent with Washington leaders, a tireless advocate who often worked without claiming credit or even compensation. She managed to build contacts at the highest ranks of Washington's political circles and champion the growth of progressive media, from the burgeoning ranks of progressive radio to the emerging blogosphere. At our early Take Back America conferences, Maria helped assemble the historic Progressive Media Row.
Since her death in 2006, we honor her legacy with the Maria Leavey Tribute Award, which goes to a person in the progressive movement whose behind-the-scenes work and selfless service embodies Maria's spirit and has made an invaluable contribution to social justice.
The award recipient will be an outstanding progressive who is:
A Convener who builds connections among diverse members of the progressive movement, cultivating networks of old and new leaders and activists;
A Persistent Advocate who overcomes obstacles and marches forward with an enduring commitment and passion for social justice;
A Selfless Organizer who works behind the scenes without seeking the limelight or credit for his or her efforts, while lending credit to others; and
An Idea Generator who pushes forward creative new ideas, a strong analysis of important issues, or helps build specific new capacities and infrastructure for the progressive movement.
See a short video about Maria Leavey and get more information about the award and past winners at ourfuture.org/conference/marialeavey