Defenders of Justice’ named

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Justice Center has named three state lawmakers and four groups as recipients of its 2007 Defenders of Justice Awards.

The awards recognize individuals and groups in four different categories for their efforts to make North Carolina a more fair and just place to live and work.

For their work supporting legislation benefiting the state’s poor, the Raleigh-based Justice Center singled out state Reps. Dan Blue of Raleigh and Rick Glazier of Fayetteville, as well as state Sen. Katie Dorsett of Greensboro.

For its work to improve the living and working conditions of migrant workers, the Farmworker Advocacy Network was honored in the public policy and research category.

In the litigation category, the law firm of Edelstein & Payne in Raleigh was honored for its efforts to promote the rights of poor people in the state.

And North Carolina Fair share and the North Carolina NAACP were named winners in the grassroots empowerment category for their work advocating on behalf of the state’s poor and disenfranchised.

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