"The founders of this nation declared their independence to create a more perfect nation, not a perfect nation. They knew it would always be a work in progress, depending on each following generation to continue the work. And as they were right in so many things, they were right in that. There is work to be done. And it doesn't have to be sweeping change that you accomplish. What are we, most of us who are active? We're the little rudders that, eventually get the big ship to turn. It doesn't take a lot to make a difference."

-Thomas C. Wales

The recipient of the 2012 Thomas C. Wales Award for Passionate Citizenship is Roy Prosterman, founder of Landesa. Our four other honorees for 2012 are Patrick Awuah, founder of Ashesi University, George Cheung of the Win/Win Network, Thomas Goldstein of The Washington Bus, and Lorena Gonzalez, minority rights activist and advocate. Our 2012 Award ceremony was held April 27 at FareStart. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and former Seattle Chief of Police, was our featured speaker.

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