Human Rights Commission Honors Heroes

Aileen Hernandez

The San Francisco Human Rights Commission has announced recipients of the agency’s 2012 Hero Awards, which recognize local residents for outstanding contributions in the field of human rights advocacy and local organizations that support equity in education for youth in vulnerable communities. Community members submitted nominations, and finalists were selected for their commitment to human rights, community service and for uplifting and fostering positive change. The “HERO” Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human Rights Advocacy went to Rev. Amos Brown, Pastor of Third Baptist Church, President of S.F. Chapter NAACP, 2009 Mayor’s Task Force on African American Out-Migration; Aileen Hernandez- Civil Rights Activist and Chair, 2009 Mayor’s Task Force on African American Out-Migration; Doris Ward- Former County Supervisor and Assessor, 2009 Mayor’s Task Force on African American Out-Migration; Espanola Jackson, Southeast Community Facility Commission. The “HERO” Award for Outstanding Contribution in Human Rights Advocacy went to Jose Romero, Bay View Hunters Point community activist, LGBT youth and diversity advocate; Karena Franses, MSW, LCSW, social worker, compassion specialist and advocate for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The “HERO” Equity in Education Award for Outstanding Contribution toward Equity in Education went to the Omega Boys Club Leadership Academy, which Provides academic development and life skills education to youth in marginalized communities in San Francisco; Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) Educational Hub, which assist low-income youth to be the first generation of their family to graduate from high school and enroll in college. Honorees will be recognized at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s regular meeting 5:30 p.m., Thursday May 24, in City Hall Room #416, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place in San Francisco.
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