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Civil Right & Social Justice Awards

Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect (SCCAR) members and friends are invited to the 26th annual Civil Right & Social Justice Awards Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, November 6, 2015. The social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. followed a buffet at 6:30 p.m. For reservations call 53-243-0962.


TRENT COPELAND is the 2015 recipient of this award. It is awarded in recognition of his accomplishments both as an ESL teacher at Enterprise High School and his dedication to the successful transition of his immigrant Southeast Asian students and their families into a foreign American society. Through his efforts, families became American citizens, students attended institutions of higher learning, and they became productive members of their communities.


Redding Police Officer SERGEANT CASEY BOKAVICH is the 2015 recipient of this award. Sgt. Bokavich has been the public face of the department’s program to educate community members in the “use of force” policies and procedures of the RPD with the intent of preserving a working relationship with the people they serve. He has provided four-hour blocks of training to over 100 community leaders of diverse backgrounds in the past year.


SAMANTHA “SAM” HEWITT is the 2015 recipient of this award. Sam is an advocate for the “Brave Faces and Voices” project as well as a volunteer for the “Stand Against Stigma”campaign. She is a 16-year-old graduate of Parsons Middle School and currently attends the Academy of Personalized Learning. After being devastated by the loss of her best friend to suicide, her life eventually stabilized with help from the Redding Rancheria Behavioral HealthClinic. For the past 18 months Sam has been sharing her story of recovery by giving

There will also be presentations to high-school and middle-school students.


Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of racism, prejudice and social injustice through education, cultural interactions and public and private advocacy.