Photos and Video from Seeds of Change 2014

Rachel Wallis

Seeds of Change 2014

 Thanks to everyone who came out to Seeds of Change 2014 and celebrated the work of this year's honorees: The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance; Illinois Unites for Marriage and the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality; and the Alphawood Foundation.

This year's benefit raised more than $100,000 to support racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area!

Check out photos from the event by clicking on the link below

Seeds of Change 2014

Seeds of Change 2014 Photo Gallery

 RON SABLE AWARD FOR ACTIVISM

ILLINOIS SAFE SCHOOLS ALLIANCE
Their organizing efforts have exponentially expanded the network of Gay/Straight Alliances across Illinois, directly supporting thousands of LGBTQ young people and their allies. Their inspiring work also helps shape policies which protect all students from bullying regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

ILLINOIS UNITES FOR MARRIAGE and the MARCH ON SPRINGFIELD FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY
The historic legalization of gay marriage in Illinois was the result of many years of organizing and advocacy by dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals. Illinois Unites for Marriage and the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality crafted the winning strategy, organizing on the policy and grassroots levels to help bring about this exciting victory.

DONALD F. ERICKSON SYNAPSES AWARD

THE ALPHAWOOD FOUNDATION
They took the lead in creating the Solidarity Fund, a successful effort by foundations and individuals in supporting local immigrant rights and social justice groups who were defunded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development over their perceived endorsement of gay marriage.

Host Committee

HONORARY HOSTS
(as of 3/06/14)
Alderman Rey Colón
Congressman Danny Davis
Alderman Pat Dowell
State Representative Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative Robyn Gabel
State Representative Greg Harris
Alderman Roberto Maldonado
Cook County Clerk David Orr
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Representative Cynthia Soto

HOSTS
(as of 3/06/14)
Ali Abunimah, Lourdes Arias, Molly Armour,
Gary M. Arnold*, Becky Belcore & Chris Williams,
Kaberi Banerjee Murthy*, Angela E.L. Barnes Esq,
Kay Berkson & Sidney Hollander, Sarah Best-Wilson,
Inhe Choi & Guy Ward, Ann Christophersen,
Michael Collins, Leslie Corbett Chenoweth, Megan &
James Cusick, Michelle Di Benedetto & Dragos Visan,
Susan K. Eleuterio* & Tom Sourlis, Ruth & Dale Fast,
Karen S. & Michael J. Gallagher, Emmanuel Garcia*,
Teresa Garcia & Nelson Gonzalez, Norman J. &
Linda L. Groetzinger, Rhoda Rae L. Gutierrez &
Jim Clark, Neena Hemmady, Janine L. Hoft* &
Linda Wagner, Bob Horton*, Kim Hunt &
Mary DeBacker, Alejandra Ibañez*,  Alie Kabba,
Stephanie A. Kanter, Barbara Kemmis & Gina Medalle,
Rebekah Levin & Sophie Kaluziak, Ann C. Logue &
Rik Lantz, Sharmili Majmudar*, Laura McAlpine,
Omar McRoberts & Shelley Davis, Chirag Mehta &
Rebecca Burwell, Mary F. Morten & Willa J. Taylor, Susan R. Nussbaum,
Gina M. Olson, Alan D. Paberzs, Barbara Y. Phillips*, Lisa Marie Pickens &
Rima Malhotra, Christine Kim-Tai Plautz*,
Jennifer L. Rakstad*, Beth E. Richie & Cathy J. Cohen,
Mark A. Rodriguez*, Shelly Ruzicka, Steve Saltzman,
Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry, Margie Schaps,
Mary Scott-Boria, Dick Simpson, Brooke A. Skinner, Shannon &
Lauren Sullivan, Kandace Thomas, Julie Walther*, Bob Weissbourd,
Thomas J. Wilson, Joseph White, Daryl D. Woods*, Jaquelyn C. Zevin

*Also a Crossroads Fund Board Member