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!
Michael Pool, an amazing volunteer based in Chicago, has been a huge force behind the scenes of Calling All Crows. Not only does he donate his time and skill to help run our virtual events, but the spirit he brings to this thankless work is incredible. He’s kind, patient, attentive, and has such an incredibly warm presence.
Vivian is one of our New England Crow Captains. She has helped to create concert outreach training videos, led multiple service projects including a session at our 2019 Annual Benefit Weekend, and suggested creating a shared learning space for anti-racism, which led to us kicking off an Anti-Racist Learning Group and Political Education Workshop series.
Jenn is a fierce advocate who contributes to the Calling All Crows community and beyond. She was honored with this award for her leadership in our #HereForTheMusic campaign, from typing up petition signatures to reaching out to venues, fests, and artists to get them involved, to leading trainings and educational outreach for music fans.
Similar to Joan Baez, Katelyn Pina was on a fast-track to activism and service 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. A musician herself, she plays and teaches the violin and viola in the Quad Cities, near her hometown of Rock Island, Illinois.