Celebrating Movement Makers
Our Joan Baez and Lauzie Awards are given every year to community organizers and volunteers making a true difference both with Calling All Crows and within their own communities.
The Lauzie Award, named in honor of Laura Gallagher - mother of Calling All Crows' co-founder Sybil Gallagher - honors an individual who embodies a true spirit of service and inspires others to do the same. Each year, we look to honor someone who shared Laura's spirit: a spirit of giving, a spirit of lifting others up to their potential, and a spirit of loving friends, family, and all whom she encountered.
One doesn't need to look far to understand the impact that Laura Gallagher, Sybil’s mom, had in this world. The vibrance with which she lived her life was remarkable. She had the loudest laugh, the biggest heart and the foulest mouth of anyone I'd ever met. But of all that she gave to us, what I learned most was that in her life time she lived for others. She celebrated her family, their friends, their friends' friends, and everyone she worked with with such fervor and genuine excitement that it is not hard to figure out why she became a mom to so many others besides her children. She had an insatiable capacity to love-the biggest kind of love you can imagine. You can see it in her kids and those that they've inspired, as if it rubs off like pixie dust. She was the first person to call if you were in trouble -- never judging, she just listened and then doled out the just right advice.
Andrea James is a women's rights activist and criminal justice reform advocate.
Senator Raphael Warnock
Sen. Rev. Warnock's work with Multifaith EMI inspired our Unlocked Voices campaign.
Amanda is the CEO and founder of Rise. She penned her own civil rights into existence and unanimously passed the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights.
Senator Elizabeth Warren
A fearless consumer advocate who has made her life's work the fight for middle class families.
Founder of Power Launch, a philanthropy innovation lab that invests in compelling ideas, exceptional leaders, and high impact non-profits.
The founder and president of humanitarian relief organization, NuDay Syria, we recognized her efforts to build bridges, save lives, and inspire hope.
Joan Baez Award
Each year, we honor a Calling All Crows volunteer who embodies a true activist spirit with our Joan Baez Award, named in honor of a true force to be reckoned with. At a point when it was neither safe nor fashionable, she put herself on the line, singing about freedom and Civil Rights everywhere, from the backs of flatbed trucks in Mississippi to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Dr. King’s March on Washington in 1963. She participated in the birth of the Free Speech movement at UC Berkeley, and co-founded the Institute For The Study Of Nonviolence near her home in Carmel Valley. She stood in fields alongside Cesar Chavez and migrant farm workers striking for fair wages, and opposed capital punishment during a Christmas vigil at San Quentin— the list could go on!
Nadav is a dedicated advocate and huge contributor to the CAC community. His service and commitment to CAC, and ability to connect with and mobilize music fans is incredible.
Michael is an amazing volunteer based in Chicago, and has been a huge force behind the scenes of CAC. Not only does he donate his skill and time to help run our virtual events, but the spirit he brings to this thankless work is incredible.
Vivian has helped to create concert outreach training videos, led multiple service projects, and suggested creating a shared learning space for anti-racism, which led to our Anti-Racist Learning Group and Political Education Series.
Jennifer Ritz Sullivan
Jennifer is a fierce advocate who contributes to the CAC community and beyond.
Katelyn was on a fast track to service and activism with CAC, consistently coming in as a top volunteer through her incredible ability to connect with others and inspire them to action.
Jenni, a long-time Crow Club member, has gone above and beyond in her support of CAC.