YWCA seeks nominees for social justice awards

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YWCA Clark County is accepting nominations for the 2012 Val Joshua Racial Justice Award and the Val Joshua Youth Social Justice Award.

The Val Joshua Racial Justice Awards are presented annually to individuals, businesses, or organizations who have demonstrated leadership in working to eliminate racism and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people, the YWCA said in a news release. The first award was given in 1989 to Val Joshua in recognition of her lifelong commitment to and work toward the elimination of racism.

Those 18 and older are eligible for the Val Joshua Racial Justice Award, while the Youth Social Justice Award is open to those between the ages 14 and 20.

Any Clark County business or organization that promotes and/or practices racial justice is also eligible.

Recipients will have: demonstrated leadership in civil rights issues and working to eliminate racism; exhibited significant involvement working for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people; and demonstrated commitment to self-determined social change for all people.

The nomination form is available at http://www.ywcaclarkcounty.com/val-joshua-awards, or pick up a form at YWCA Clark County, 3609 Main Street. All nominations must be received by 5:30 p.m. May 31.