'Social Justice Heroes' honored in Talent

TALENT — Actress and activist Alexandra Paul will give the keynote presentation today at Oregon Action's fourth annual Carry It On holiday celebration.

The event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talent Community Center, 110 Main St., Talent.

During the event, Oregon Action will honor four local "Social Justice Heroes" — activists and organizations whose leadership and actions have been exemplary in the cause of social justice.

The 2012 Carry It On awards will go to:

  • Diana Banda, an Ashland High School graduate advocating for the Dream Act.
  • Jackson County Move to Amend organization for leading the campaign to pass an "End corporate personhood amendment" in Ashland's last election.
  • Southern Oregon Pride, which has led the community in peace, equality and basic rights for everyone.
  • Ronald Sanderfer of Oregon Action for his mental health advocacy.

Alexandra Paul is the daughter of Sarah Paul, an Ashland Oregon Action activist. She is also the star of more than 75 feature films and television programs. One of her most recent films is the highly acclaimed, award-winning documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

She was honored by the ACLU of Southern California as its 2005 Activist of the Year for her long history of fighting for the environment, voting rights and peace issues. In 1999 she won the International Green Cross award.

Her keynote address will feature stories of how activism is rewarded on both the personal and community level.

The event will include live music by David Pinsky and Gary Haliburton of the Rhythm Kings, as well as a holiday buffet.

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