This year’s winners

Karen Rindge
Waking up Wake County
Creating real homeland security
Amanda Arrington
Good fences make good pets
Gary Kueber
Preserving Durham
Reggie Edwards
Listening changes lives

Since 1983, when the Independent Weekly was founded, the paper has sponsored its annual Citizen Awards. We honor people and groups whose activism has positively impacted their communities, whether it’s one neighborhood, a city or several counties.

This year, we add five more honorees to our list of more than 150: Karen Rindge of WakeUP Wake County, which has led the charge for better planning, schools and resource conservation; Amanda Arrington of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, which has freed dogs from their tethers by building fences around their yards; Gary Kueber, whose blog, Endangered Durham, helps galvanize citizens to protect and preserve vital properties in the city; the Granville Nonviolent Action Team (GNAT), which so far has successfully fended off a federal disease research lab by exposing the public safety, environmental and financial risks associated with it; and Reggie Edwards, who helps empower women with their health, relationship and financial issues. Below is a list of previous winners. Lisa Sorg

A tradition of giving thanks

2008 Karen Rindge of WakeUP Wake County, Amanda Arrington of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, Gary Kueber of Endangered Durham, Granville Nonviolent Action Team (GNAT), Reggie Edwards of the Encouraging Place

2007 El Futuro, Stop Torture Now, Committee to Save the Lakewood Y, Haw River Assembly, Al McSurely

2006 Lanya Shapiro and Traction, the Pesticide Education Project, Margie Ellison, Chad Johnston and Andrew Pearson

2005 Bernice Wade and Barbara Stiles, Band Together, Code Pink, Chuck and Laura Richardson, Dr. Evelyn Schmidt, Thomas Savage

2004 Pete MacDowell, Peggy Misch, NCCU Civic Engagement Task Force, El Pueblo, Blaise Strenn

2003 Deloris Bailey, Janet Colm, Earl Matlock, Marcia Owen, Lewis Pitts, SeeSaw Studio

2002 Ashley Forte, Ann Akland, Gene Galin, Caleb Southern, The Anti-Warriors

2001 Bill Padgett, Daniella Cook, DeWarren Langley, Gail Phares, Empowerment Inc. and Mark Chilton

2000 Bill Towe of Peace Action, Internationalist Books, The Hispanic Credit Union, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), Bertie Howard of the Africa News

1999 Alex Charns, Kamau and Mawiyah Kambon, Jo Sanders, Sidney Brodie, Louise Davis, Ken Rose and The Center for Death Penalty Litigation

1998 Rick Dove, Coalition for the Public Trust, Linda Wilson and Candles of Hope, Jimmy Leach, Myra Fuller and Rhondette Jones, Old West Durham Neighborhood Association

1997 Florence Siman-Zablah, N.C. Farmworkers’ Project, Luis Alvarenga, Jovenes Lideres en Acción and Youth for Social Change, Lizette Cruz-Watko

1996 Helping Hands Center of Siler City, Chris Fitzsimon, Patrick O’Neill and Mary Rider, UNC Housekeepers Association, Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA)

1995 Joe and Lucy Straley, Quinton Baker, Ron Mace, Cy King, Margaret Brown, Christine Strudwick

1994 Joe Neff, Falcon’s Cry, Waltye Rasulala, Jim Baxter, Terry Grunwald, Sam Reed

1993 Roz Savitt, Northampton Citizens Against Pollution, Grace Higgs, Lynice Williams, Gretchen Durham

1992 Rev. Linda Jordan, Rev. Mahan Siler, Cash Michaels, Linda Mabry, Dietrich von Haugwitz, N.C. Community Land Trustees

1991 Sister Evelyn Mattern, Rev. Jim Lewis, Lisa Madry, Clay Thorp, Shirley McLain, Juanita McNeil, The Center for Peace Education

1990 John Bartlett, Rebecca Clark, Louise Kessel, Roy Gorman, Those Who Speak Out, NARAL-NC

1989 Jim Clark, Michael Bleyman, Dave Owens, Shiloh Coalition, Common Ground, Billie Rogers, Margaret Pollard

1988 Saladin Muhammad, Catherine Vicks, Julia Taylor, Center for Community Self-Help

1987 Phail Wynn Jr., Malcolm Potts, Center for Women’s Economic Alternatives, Bill Holman, Jacques Menache

1986 Janet Hoyle, Mary Talbert, Mandy Carter, David Stanford, C.A.S.H. Volunteers

1985 Ann Shephard, Eddie Davis, The Lesbian and Gay Health Project, Rev. Wilson Lee, Melinda Lawrence

1984 Carolyn Allen, Lightning Brown, Bob Hall, Kenneth Duane Johnson, Joe Herzenberg, Jimmy Little, Gloria McCrae

1983 Carolina Interfaith Task Force on Central America, Deep River Citizens Coalition