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News Release

Written by:
Xochitl Pena

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD FOR SHELTER FROM THE STORM

Palm Springs: December 11, 2012– Since 2004, the Palm Springs Human Rights commission has provided Community Services Awards to 27 people and organizations that help further the cause of human rights.

On Monday, the nine-member board unanimously chose 13 recipients to honor January 14 during a public meeting inside City hall Chambers.
The award recipients: * Andy Linsky for his work both locally and nationally with the Human Rights Campaign. * Andrew Green, pastor of St. Paul in the Desert Episcopal Church. * Equality California, a nonprofit civil rights group that advocates for same-sex marriage. * Doug Hairgrove and Warren "Woody" Wood for their Safe Schools initiative and work organizing the Gay Straight Alliances throughout the Coachella Valley. * Mattie Leyden for her work on transgender issues. * Will Kleindienst, former mayor and current chair of the Architectural Advisory Committee, for his work with the black community in Palm Springs. * Robert Balance for his volunteer work for the LGBT Community Center. * Coachella Valley Repertory for its work on the topic of bullying. * Andrew Eisenmann, visual and performing arts director at Raymond Cree Middle School. * Tracy Piper, Raymond Cree Middle School principal. * Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. *Shelter From the Storm.

All were nominated by commissioners during the November 19 meeting.
The panel had opened up the nomination process to the public, but there was no input provided.

“We had no responses.  I was disappointed,” Craig said.

Les Zendle, a human rights commissioner, suggested that an official nomination form be created that includes criteria and a deadline to help increase public participation in the future.

 

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