Ohio Citizen Action

Society page: Ohio Citizen Action Howard M. Metzenbaum Award

Board chairwoman Dr. Anne Wise of Cleveland Heights and Sandy Buchanan of Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood.

CLEVELAND — “The ‘power to the people’ spirit of the 1960s came alive at Ohio Citizen Action’s annual Howard M. Metzenbaum Award event at the College Club in Cleveland Heights on Feb. 18. Lifetime civil-rights activists Staughton and Alice Lynd of Niles were honored with the Metzenbaum award for their tenacious commitment to social change. More than 130 people enjoyed an evening consisting of a vegan dinner, a conversation with the Lynds titled, ‘Occupy Now, But What’s Next?’ and quite a bit of communal singing including an emotional round of ‘We Shall Overcome.’ PDQ bumped into Cleveland City Councilman Jay Westbrook, Students for a Democratic Society founder Alan Haber and Occupy Cleveland organizer Leatrice Tolls. Spokeswoman Dawn Hanson said she expected the gathering to raise about $5,000. Ohio Citizen Action, founded in 1975, is a grassroots community organizing group working to protect the environment by preventing industrial pollution.”

— Kathleen Murphy Colan, Special to The Plain Dealer

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