ELMHURST – On December 12, 2012 the Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) will recognize its 2012 Citizen Initiative Award recipients. The Citizen Initiative Awards were created by the CAC in 1997 to recognize local community activists who are catalysts for democratic participation and have used civic, legal, and community organizing tools to advocate for a self-identified issue of public concern.
“The individuals honored by the CAC are dynamic in that they have identified an issue of public concern important to them and have taken action to organize community initiatives, to advocate for greater accountability of public bodies, and to make a difference in the communities in which they live. Often times these individuals are criticized by government officials as trouble makers, uninformed, “NIMBYs” and more. The CAC identifies these individuals as inspirational because they embody what it means to live in a participatory democracy, and their dedication to addressing a community issue is strong, even in the face of adversity,” said Ms. Terry Pastika, CAC’s Executive Director.
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