Discount Foundation Legacy Award
To be eligible for the Award, a nominee must be engaged in related worker justice, including but not limited to organizing and advocacy related work. Nominees need to be nominated by someone other than themselves. The Award is meant only for individuals. Organizations, groups of individuals or institutions are not eligible for consideration.
The Discount Foundation Legacy Award winner will be publicly recognized for their remarkable contributions to the movement and receive a $20,000 stipend to provide them flexibility to expand on their professional activities and achievements in the absence of reporting requirements or other specific obligations.
Luna Ranjit, Co-founder of Adhikaar, is the winner of the 2017 Discount Foundation Legacy Award. She was honored in Washington, DC, at the Funders for a Just Economy Policy Briefing on May 18-19, 2017, and at Jobs With Justice Education Fund’s Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration on June 13, 2017.
Co-founder of Adhikaar and the New York Healthy Nail Salons Coalition
Luna Ranjit’s work is rooted in the community. For more than a decade, Luna guided Adhikaar's programs, research, policy advocacy, and partnerships, building visibility and power for the emerging Nepali-speaking immigrant community. As a co-founder of the New York Healthy Nail Salons Coalition, she helped lead the way for the sweeping changes to improve working conditions in the nail salon industry. She also served on the advisory board of the National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salons Alliance. Luna has been quoted and featured in print and broadcast media on the issues related to workers’ rights, immigrant rights, language justice, and civic engagement. Her groundbreaking work has been recognized by many community organizations and elected officials. In 2016, she received the Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize created to support and inspire innovative social change makers throughout the world.
New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice
As an organizer in New Orleans, Alfred works to win back power for structurally unemployed and underemployed Black men and women through campaigns to achieve higher wages and better standards in his community. Through Alfred’s tremendous organizing campaigns, he has helped win local hiring on post-Katrina public construction and development projects, a “Ban the Box” rule, and a living wage and paid sick leave ordinance for individuals employed under city contracts. “By sitting down and talking with other workers at the New Orleans Worker Center, I realized that we’re in this together,” Alfred said. “New Orleans won’t stop. I won’t stop. This award is bigger than I am. It’s all about doing the work on the ground. We’re shaking this world up."