Fresno woman honored as national award finalist for social justice work

Community activist Simone Cranston-Rhodes of Fresno was named a finalist for the Berger-Marks Foundation’s Edna Award, and will attend the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.

Cranston-Rhodes was nominated for her work to improve the quality of life in Fresno. She worked on the campaign to defeat Measure G, which would have moved Fresno’s residential trash pickup to a private company. She now works as the political organizer for the Fresno Teachers Association.

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, won the Edna Award for Social Justice.

The Edna Award, which carries a $10,000 prize, honors women age 35 or younger who have distinguished themselves as leaders of the social justice movement. It is named after Edna Berger, the first woman organizer of The Newspaper Guild and the inspiration behind the Berger-Marks Foundation.

Cullors will receive the Edna Award at an awards reception on Nov. 12 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Bridget Webster: 559-441-6304, @bridgetw05