Sir Richard Branson
World-famous businessman and philanthropist, Sir Richard Branson has used his global platform to argue that “the death penalty is always cruel, barbaric and inhumane. It has no place in the world.” Last year Sir Richard campaigned to prevent Oklahoma from executing Richard Glossip, taking out a full-page advert in The Oklahoman newspaper to say that “Your state is about to execute a man those guilt has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Presented by: Van Jones
Justice in the Media and the Arts Award
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne is one of the most influential and popular musicians to come from the state of California. A long-time campaigner for justice and equality, Jackson is an outspoken critic of the death penalty.
Presented by: Joan Baez
Norman Felton and Denise Aubuchon Humanitarian Award
In the half century since she founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta has been a leader of the non-violent movement for social justice. As President Obama acknowledged when bestowing the Congressional Medal of Freedom on her, Dolores’ slogan “Si, se puede!” “Yes, we can!” has inspired him and millions of others to work for a better world.
Presented by: TBD
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