Local activist awarded
Jackie Cody honored as Progressive Activist of the Year
By Jared Raney
Statewide organization Citizens Action of Wisconsin chose Rhinelander organizer Jackie Cody, out of 38 nominees from across the state, as their Progressive Activist of the Year.
Over 300 votes were cast, and last week in Milwaukee the second annual award was presented to Cody.
“It was so much fun, being in a room with people who feel as if they are making an impact and are,” Cody said of the award ceremony. “I just find it amazing, I mean there are [organizers] in Milwaukee, Madison… it does really mean somebody saw the work that I’ve been doing, and thought that the work has been well-received and well worth my effort.”
Citizens Action is a progressive, grassroots organization that leads and supports progressive activist initiatives throughout Wisconsin.
“Citizens Action isn’t a political agenda, Citizens Action is for building better communities, better families, better economies,” Cody said. “I was very honored to be there and to accept the award.”
Cody has been promoting and orgnizing social and economic justice movements for over a decade, with events like the ‘Fight For 15’ march in Rhinelander last winter, a demonstration promoting minimum wage raises.
“It keeps the issue awareness there that otherwise would not be. The awareness has to be there, the educating has to be there,” Cody said. “You have to have some way in which to bring some peace here, so that life can move forward, we can begin to value other things… Things that we want to value, cultural things, just things that open people up to the amenities of life. The things we don’t take time to appreciate.”