The trumpet is not a quiet instrument. It is used to sound warnings, to mark celebrations, and to announce the presence of special people.

 

Since 1973, the National Consumers League’s Trumpeter Award has recognized leaders who are not afraid to speak out for social justice and for the rights of consumers. The Trumpeter Award’s first recipient was Senator Edward Kennedy, a champion of economic and social justice. More recently, it has been presented to legendary Civil Rights leader Rep. John Lewis in 2017.

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2019
Sara Nelson

International President of the

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO

 

2018
Senator Tammy Duckworth
Senator Ed Markey

 

2017
Congressman John Lewis
CFPB Director Richard Cordray

 

2016
Attorney General Lisa Madigan

 

2015
The Honorable Edith Ramirez, FTC
Senator Amy Klobuchar

 

2014
Richard L. Trumka, President AFL-CIO

 

2013
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
Special honors: Consumer and Labor Leadership Awards to Senators Tom Harkin and Jay Rockefeller

 

2012
Cecil E. Roberts, United Mine Workers of America

2011
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg
Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers

 

2010
Kenneth Feinberg
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin

 

2009
Steve Kroft
Hilda Solis

 

2008
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
Barbara Ehrenreich

 

2007
Linda Golodner

 


2006
Senator Paul Sarbanes
Herb Weisbaum

 


2005   
Jane Bryant Quinn
Deborah Kaplan

 

 


2004   
Morton Bahr
Judy Feder

Trumpeter Hall of Heroes 

2003   
Senator Jon Corzine
Congressman Tom Lantos

 

2002   
Senator Carl Levin
Michelle Singletary

2001   
Linda Chavez-Thompson
Senator Paul Wellstone


2000   
Joan Z. (Jodie) Bernstein
Congressman David E. Bonior
Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher

 

1999   
Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman
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1998   
Myrlie Evers-Williams
Broad Meadows Middle School, Quincy, MA

 


1997   
Liz Claiborne, Inc.
Carol Tucker Foreman

 


1996   
Secretary of Labor Robert Reich

 

1995   
Minnesota Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III 
New York City District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau Chairman Kailash Satyarthi, South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude Special Recognition:  Meredith M. Layer, former Senior Vice President for Public Responsibility, American Express Company


1994   
FDA Commissioner David Kessler 
Bert Seidman


1993   
Senator Tom Harkin 
Dolores Huerta


1992   
Senator Jay Rockefeller 
Charlayne Hunter-Gault


1991   
Dr. Arnold S. Relman
Jack Blum 

 

1990   
Congressman Don Pease
Lynn Williams 
Special Recognition: Bonnie Guiton

1989   

Susan KingCongressman George Miller

1988   
Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder
Congressman Peter Rodino
Special Recognition:  Susanne Zwemer


1987   
Arthur Flemming
Marian Wright Edelman


1986   
Congressman Gus Hawkins
Senator Charles Mathias


1985   
Betty Furness
Sarah Newman
Congressman Henry Waxman
Qazi Shaukat Fareed


1984   
Douglas Fraser

 


1983   
Ig Falk
Special Recognition:  Jane Brody, Penny Wise Budoff, Rose Kushner, Fitzhugh Mullan, Natalie Spingarn

 

1982   
Congressman Claude Pepper

 

 


1981   
Esther Peterson

1980   
Lady Bird Johnson (posthumously for President Johnson)
W. Averell Harriman

 

 

 


1979   
Jacob Clayman
Robert Nathan

 

1978   
Senator Harrison A. Williams
Caroline Ware


1977   
Senator Warren Magnuson
Evelyn Dubrow


1976   
Senator Philip A. Hart
Congresswoman Leonor K. Sullivan
Maida Springer Kemp


1975   
Senator Alan Cranston
Senator Charles Percy
Special Recognition:  Clara Beyer, Edith Sloan, Virginia Knauer, Bess Myerson


1973   
Senator Edward Kennedy

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Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award

For the last 25 years, NCL has honored consumer and worker advocacy visionaries

with the Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award.

 

Named for NCL’s first general secretary and Progressive Era pioneer, Florence Kelley, the consumer leadership award is given to individuals, who in the spirit of NCL’s early leader, at a grass-roots level, have willingly given of their time, passion, and energy to important causes that may not be popular. Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award recipients are honored for their commitment to social justice for consumers and workers, their vision, their activism, and their dedication.

2019    Bonnie Patten
2018    Eva Casey-Velasquez
2017    Dr. Janet Woodcock
2016    Dr. Richard Pan
            Karen Peltz Strauss
2015    Maria Elena Durazo
2014    Lara Granich

2013    Dana Wiggins

2012    Linda Hilton

2011    Paheadra Robinson

2010    Jean Ann Fox

2009    Lynn Jiminez

2006    Pastor Herrera, Jr.

2005    James B. Leonard,

            Claire White

2004    Brandolyn Clanton Pinkston

2003    Mary Gardiner Jones,

            Jane Delgado

2002    Florence Rice

2004    Brandolyn Clanton Pinkston

2003    Mary Gardiner Jones,

            Jane Delgado

2002    Florence Rice

2001    Ken McEldowney

2000    Jack Blum

1999    Evelyn Dubrow

1998    Rosella Bannister

1997    Esther Shapiro

1996    Ruth Jordan

1995    Erma Angevine 
 

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