Published : Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 5:45 AM
The Pasadena Progressive Discussion Group will recognize two prominent community civil rights activists on Friday, December 21, at their annual Progressive of the Year and Lifetime Progressive Achievement awards, at Du-par’s Restaurant meeting room, 214 Lake Avenue in Pasadena.
Ed Washatka, Co-Chair and Treasurer of ACT Pasadena, and treasurer, board member, and executive committee member of POP! (Pasadenans Organizing for Progress), will be honored as 2018 Progressive of the Year during the event.
Washatka has been the backbone of Pasadena’s progressive movement in 2018, a Progressive Discussion Group announcement said.
Kris Ockershauser, founder and leader of the Coalition for Increased Oversight of Pasadena Police (CICOPP) and a long-term activist with the local ACLU chapter, will be honored with the Lifetime Progressive Achievement Award.
Ockershauser was instrumental in leading discussions that eventually resulted in the Pasadena Police Department committing to respect community concerns about the use of surveillance technology as part of law enforcement.
The awards ceremony on Friday will be held from 9 to 10 a.m.
The Progressive Discussion Group meets twice a month, on the first and third Friday, and attracts local intellectuals and thoughtful citizens to discuss pressing social justice topics.
Meetings are open to anyone wanting to attend. DuPar’s issues separate checks to attendees, so you can have coffee, breakfast, or just thoughtful discussion of progressive issues.