NORTHUMBERLAND — A West Milton pastor and a Bloomsburg University professor were among 101 people honored as “citizen journalists” by the American Civil Liberties Union’s central Susquehanna chapter Sunday night.
More than 100 people gathered at Front Street Station for dinner and to recognize the recipients of the ACLU’s Thomas Paine Awards. These people had letters to the editor and op-ed pieces published in The Daily Item, among other local and regional publications.
The Rev. Leah Schade, pastor of the United in Christ Lutheran Church in West Milton, also won the Mark McCollough Religious Leadership Award, recognized for her “religious leadership and exemplary and tireless efforts” to bring attention to environmental issues, particularly hydrofracking.
Wendy Lee, a professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, also won the Clyde Peeling Critical Thinker Award, also for her work and teaching on environmental issues such as fracking.
The Thomas Paine winners that attended represented a broad range of writers and topics, everything from Pennsylvania’s voter ID law to bullying to fracking to gun control and ownership.
Executive Director Reggie Shuford of the ACLU’s Pennsylvania chapter in Philadelphia, encouraged everyone to keep writing to newspapers and other media, saying such effort helped the ACLU in its fight against the voter ID law and with its current priority, criminal justice reform
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