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Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy Receive 2015 Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award

May 26, 2015
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Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy Receive 2015 Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award

Mavis Staples and Jeff TweedyMusic legends Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy were presented with the 2015 Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award last Thursday at the Shriver Center’s benefit, Carry It Forward: Raising Our Voices to End Poverty. Both were honored for their significant contributions to the movement for equal justice as well as their charitable work on behalf of low-income individuals. 

Over 500 people attended the event at the Hilton Chicago. The benefit raised over $300,000 to support the Shriver Center’s work to advance justice and opportunity for people living in poverty. 

“Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples bridge the gap between generations and inspire us all in the movement for equal justice,” said Shriver Center President John Bouman. 

In accepting the award, Jeff Tweedy said, “I want my kids to feel like they live in a world where people do care about each other. I want them to live in a world where they think it’s normal to help other people.” 

After receiving the award, Staples and Tweedy were interviewed by WBEZ’s Richard Steele. They then gave a brief performance, including their song, "You Are Not Alone," which fittingly captured the evening's sentiment. 

Funds raised at the benefit will support the Shriver Center’s advocacy work to stand up with and speak out on behalf of low-income individuals and communities whose needs and concerns are too often overlooked when policy is formed. 

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The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients. www.povertylaw.org.


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients. www.povertylaw.org

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