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August 21, 2014

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Who ya’ gonna call?

Whether you want to help the homeless, save the environment or to sidewalk and shove, you can depend on these proven activists to deliver

Name:
Gary Peck
Title:
Executive director
Group:
American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada
Area(s) of impact:
Civil, human and constitutional rights
Victories:
Successfully defended free speech on the Strip and the Fremont Street Experience; pressured the Las Vegas City Council to dump a provision that criminalized any homeless person sleeping near feces.

Name:
Allen Lichtenstein
Title:
General counsel
Group:
American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada
Area(s) of impact:
Civil, human and constitutional rights
Victories:
Couching Peck’s verbosity in easy-to-understand legal terms.

Name:
Linda Lera Randle-El
Title:
Founder and director
Group:
Straight from the Streets
Area(s) of impact:
Combating homelessness
Victories:
She feeds people, clothes them and helps them access social services.

Name:
Gail Sacco
Title:
Homeless advocate
Group:
Has worked with Food Not Bombs
Area(s) of impact:
Combating hunger
Victories:
Bringing the plight of the homeless into clear view politically. As a result of her homeless feedings at city parks, the council passed an ordinance in 2006 making it illegal to share food with indigents in any city park.

Name:
Jane Feldman
Title:
Energy chair
Group:
Sierra Club—Toiyabe Chapter (Nevada, Eastern California)
Area(s) of impact:
Preserving the environment and wildlife.
Victories:
Forcing concessions from the Federal Highway Administration and the Nevada Department of Transportation on the widening of U.S. 95 near Decatur (pollution monitoring and air filtration systems at nearby schools; funds to reduce school bus diesel emissions, etc.)

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