The 2016 City of Justice Awards Dinner celebrates innovative, progressive leaders who are helping to lift us all to a more compassionate, more equitable future.

The Beverly Hilton Hotel

December 8, 2016

6:00 PM Reception | 7:30 PM Dinner & Program



The 2016 Honorees


Kafi D. Blumenfield

Community Leader

Kafi D. Blumenfield has two decades of experience working to improve the well-being of underserved communities of promise. She helped establish Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a science education center in the San Fernando Valley dedicated to inspiring and educating young minds through engaging science based-programs and community-focused initiatives. From 2007 to 2013, she was the president and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation’s leading social change foundations.  Prior to joining Liberty Hill, she was deputy director of Neighbor to Neighbor, a national organization dedicated to grassroots political empowerment of working families. more…


Ricardo F. Icaza

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770

Mr. Icaza is Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest UFCW Local Unions in the United States with 29,000 members. He became a member of the then-Retail Clerks Union Local 770 in 1956, and has served as President since 1981. In addition to his duties with Local 770, Mr. Icaza is the President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, and a Vice President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). He is also the founder of the Icaza Foundation, which for over 20 years has raised funds for charitable causes, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Homeboy Industries. Mr. Icaza is a founding member of the United Latinos of the UFCW. more…

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Peter Dreier

E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics &  Chair, Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College

Prior to joining the Occidental faculty in 1993, Peter was a newspaper reporter, community organizer, and senior deputy to Boston Mayor Ray Flynn.  He has written about politics, labor, and social justice movements for The Nation, American Prospect, Huffington Post, Dissent, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and he has also written five books, including The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City and The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. In 2016, Peter was named Pasadena’s Progressive of the Year for his leadership in the successful effort to increase Pasadena’s minimum wage. more…



people positively impacted by the Los Angeles Living Wage ordinance
million in environmental improvements to communities surrounding LAX
people positively impacted by the Century Boulevard Hotel Living Wage ordinance
reduction in truck-related pollution at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's largest port
fewer premature deaths from pollution in neighborhoods surrounding the Port.
good local jobs generated by the Construction Careers campaign
lower energy bills for LADWP customers participating in RePower LA
apartment residents will receive recycling services thanks to Don't Waste LA

"By spearheading groundbreaking living wage policies to paradigm-shifting campaigns that simultaneously tackle poverty and climate change, LAANE has left an indelible mark in L.A. and well beyond."

− Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City

"The leadership of organizations like LAANE will be essential as we strive to reclaim the promise of this country."

− Sean Penn, Actor

"LAANE's success should serve as an example to the nation of how we can combat the seemingly intractable momentum of the low-wage economy. We need to be creative. We need to be smart. And we need to be relentless. LAANE is all of these -- and the country is better off for it."

− Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley

"LAANE has reinvented the proud tradition of progressive movement building to correct the economic inequalities of the 21st Century. "

− Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder, United Farm Workers