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At the “We All Benefit” Awards event on Oct. 26 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Open Communities will recognize the work of volunteers and community members who live the motto of “Welcoming Communities.”

The Justice Day Volunteers will receive the Rayna and Marvin Miller Community Justice Award for their demonstrated grassroots leadership in organizing Justice Day in 2015. Susan Trieschmann, Executive Director and founder of Curt’s Café, will receive the Jean R. Cleland Social Action Award.  

Leslie Williams will receive the Spirit of Open Communities Award, in recognition of her grassroots organizing to fight Islamophobia and racism in Evanston in the wake of tragic events across the nation regarding race, and rhetoric that has caused a divisive atmosphere.