2020 Peacemaker Award Ceremony
December 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Our main fundraiser for 2021!
Please join us online SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5th as we celebrate our
National and Local Peacemaker Award Recipients!
Shannon Watts – our 2020 HPJC National Peacemaker Award Recipient & Keynote Speaker
Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. The online conversation turned into a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with nearly 6 million supporters. In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, one of the nation’s leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office.
Local Peacemaker Award recipients:
Martina Grifaldo – Executive Director, Alianza Latina Internacional
Martina Grifaldo is from Dolores Hidalgo Guanajuato, Mexico; she is 56 years old. She came to the United States as a Mexican immigrant looking for the American dream for her and her family. Martina and her family put down their roots in Houston, Texas. Martina started her volunteer career teaching the elderly immigrant people to write and read at her church San Carlos Borromeo. She attended Houston Community College, where she pursued a double major in English and Spanish. Her passion for civic engagement has granted her many awards and successes. She was able to fight for and help many people keep their homes after a bank had tricked them. A more recent case was the Vanessa Guillen case; she was one of the people who helped bring this case to the public and make national headline. She has won many awards in honor of her advocacy work, such as a Hispanic award for being one of Houston’s best activists and recognition from the union of SEIU. She is also one of the first to introduce her history at Alley Theater. Martina is the founder of a non-profit organization called Alianza Latina International. Through this organization, Martina has had the opportunity to serve immigrant and refugee community members. She has seen first-hand the challenges that come with adjusting to life in a new country. Ultimately, Martina plans to continue advocating for immigrant families and make a difference in children’s lives with anti-bullying school programs through the foreign service or within immigration/refugee relief programs.
Moms Demand Action, Houston
Meals On Wheels, Houston