When I think about a Steel City Snowflake, a lot of folks come to mind – from high profile social justice warriors to the everyday folks in the trenches doing the important, vital work. Most of the time, that work goes unacknowledged, even unnoticed by the general population.
Our working definition of a snowflake is someone who identifies as a progressive or liberal, believes in social justice and human rights, and finds strength in vulnerability. Snowflakes survive and are renewed by cycling through their forms from vapor to liquid and back again. Snowflakes have beauty in their uniqueness and strength in their numbers. Snowflakes are keyboard warriors, protestors, campaign canvassers, soup kitchen servers, helpers, healers, hollerers, and voters. Snowflakes show up and turn out and shut it down from inside the system and beyond. Snowflakes survive.
We’ve decided to create a series of Q&A’s (my favorite thing) focusing on neighbors whom we consider snowflakes. We will publish those Q&A’s on the blog and create a blogroll here so you can find the information.
The idea is to celebrate folx who embody our #SteelCitySnowflakes values, to shine a light on their lives and accomplishments in appreciation for how they contribute to our community. Nominees will be reviewed by our snowflake community advisors and published periodically. No donation is required to make or accept a nomination, but it is possible to add an acknowledgement or tribute note in any snowflake.
To be eligible
- We must be able to confirm the nomination and make sure the recipient is willing to be publicly acknowledged. We do not need to publish full or legal names, but we must know everyone’s identity behind the scenes.
- Nominees under 18 will have to provide responsible adult consent.
- Resident must have a tie to the Steel City – this can be regional or workplace or volunteer or where they grew up or anything you imagine.
- Nominees from all identities are welcome.
- We especially urge you to nominate someone(s) who might not be eligible for other public recognition or whose work is small, but mighty.
- No snowflake is too small to have an impact.
After the nomination has been confirmed and approved, we will send them the Q&A to complete for publication.
You can nominate using our Google form.
You can also create a snowflake via donation with a tribute or shout-out at any time.
Join the Steel City Snowflakes with a one time or recurring investment in our projects. Click the image to see our current snowflakes.
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