Announcing Democracy In Action 2016!
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus is proud to announce the honorees of the 2016 Democracy In Action Award. In this landmark 25th year of recognizing outstanding participation in civic affairs with the Democracy In Action (DIA) Award, the League of Women Voters will be honoring persons or organizations that represent four of the League’s program areas: good government, social policy, international affairs and the environment. The event will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Grange Audubon Center, 505 W Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215.
The Ohio Statehouse News Bureau, represented by Karen Kasler, will be honored in the good government category for providing Ohio's citizens outstandingcoverage of legislation, elections, public policy issues, and other activities of state government.
Sara Neikirk will be recognized in the area of social policy for her incredible efforts spanning more than 35 years to decrease homelessness, increase food security, and support education.
Joseph L. Mas will be honored for his ongoing contributions to the Central Ohio Hispanic community, his legal career representing newly-arrived immigrants and refugees, and for overall excellence in international affairs.
The Metro Parks, represented by Tim Moloney, will receive the award in the environment category based on their outstanding commitment to conservation, education, and maintaining outdoor spaces that are open to all and that encourage the public to discover and experience nature.
The late Ohio Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer will also be honored for personifying Democracy In Action, particularly in his work to make judicial elections more fair and open.
Democracy In Action is the premier event of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus. Recipients are not necessarily members of the League, but they embody, as does the League, a strong belief that our democratic system of government works best when citizens are active and informed. Democracy In Action Award winners demonstrate a long-term commitment to and zeal for taking care of one another, our environment, our political system and our neighbors around the world.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.