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Jordan, Barbara

Barbara Jordan of Austin TX overcame enormous obstacles to become the first black state senator in Texas and then the first Southern black elected to the US Congress since Reconstruction. Confined to a wheelchair, she went on to inspire generations of new leaders as a teacher of public affairs.

  • ethnicity/minorities
  • government
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Texas
Home when commended: North America, US, Texas
Home now: North America, US, Texas
Gender: F (female)
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Josephs, Matthew

Matthew Josephs of Basking Ridge NJ pumped gas and used his earnings to make and distribute 150 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches each week to street people in Manhattan. He put off college for a year to live on the street himself and learn first hand about the lives of the homeless.

  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, New Jersey
Home when commended: North America, US, New Jersey
Home now: North America, US, New Jersey
Gender: M (male)
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Joya, Malalai

Malalai Joya, an elected member of the Afghan Parliament, has been so outspoken for the rights of her countrywomen that she was suspended from her position, has been the target of six assassination attempts, and must be ever on the move.

  • civil liberties
  • government
  • international peace
  • womens issues
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, Afghanistan
Home when commended: Asia, Afghanistan
Home now: Asia, Afghanistan
Gender: F (female)
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Junco de la Vega, Alejandro

Alejandro Junco de la Vega of Monterrey, Mexico, is the editor of El Norte, an independent, muckraking newspaper, exposing political corruption and electoral fraud, despite threats, harassment, and even a government freeze on his supply of newsprint.

  • civil liberties
  • government
  • media issues
Giraffe work location(s): Central America, Mexico
Home when commended: Central America, Mexico
Home now: Central America, Mexico
Gender: M (male)
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Jung, Brian

Brian Jung and Vicki Grossman of Bothell WA overcame local denial and devoted long hours and their own funds to create the Youth Suicide Prevention Committee, which counsels kids contemplating or worrying about suicide.

  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Washington
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Washington
Gender: M (male)
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Junior, José

José Junior and Anderson Sa and arose from violent, drug-infested favelas in Rio de Janeiro to be internationally known musicians who could have moved up and out, turning their backs on the world they were born into. Instead, they went back in as the AfroReggae Cultural Group, an organization that seeks to free young people from the squalor of those ghettos, giving them skills in art, music, and business.

  • poverty
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): South America, Brazil
Home when commended: South America, Brazil
Home now: South America, Brazil
Gender: M (male)
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