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February 16, 2022
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Interactive Site IsOurEconomyFair.org Wins Silver in Webbys’ Anthem Awards
Take on Wall Street, a project of Americans for Financial Reform, announced today that it has received a silver award for Human and Civil Rights Research Projects in the Inaugural Anthem Awards of the Webbys.
The inaugural competition received nearly 2,500 entries from 36 countries worldwide. Anthem Winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Members include Daniel Dae Kim (actor, producer, and activist); Ashley Judd (Author, Actor, and Social Justice Humanitarian); Mitchell Baker (CEO and chairwoman, Mozilla); Lisa Sherman (president and CEO, Ad Council), Sarah Kate Ellis (president and CEO, GLAAD); Renata Erlikhman (chief investment officer, OW Management); Shayla Tait (director of philanthropy, The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation); Russlynn Ali (CEO and co-founder, XQ Institute); Marc Ecko (chief commercial officer and board member, XQ Institute); Heidi Arthur (chief campaign development officer, Ad Council); and Alexis M. Herman (chair and chief executive officer, New Ventures, and former U.S. secretary of labor).
Take on Wall Street partnered with L+R Design and Mangrove Web to create isoureconomyfair.org, an educational tool that traces the history of wealth extraction in the United States from colonization to the present day. The content is presented in interactive galleries that allow users to see the origin story of the U.S. economy, and how policies were created that strip wealth from women and people who are Black, Indigenous, and of color.
“It is our distinct honor to recognize the work that brands, organizations, and individuals are all making to create an impact in their community,” said Jessica Lauretti, Managing Director, The Anthem Awards. “We launched this platform to show the world that all corners of our culture, from sports and entertainment to business leaders and celebrities, are all standing up to say, it is time for systemic change and that social good is what we value as a society.”
“We all suspect the economy isn’t exactly fair, but most of us don’t know that it wasn’t designed to be. From our nation’s origins, Wall Street has helped wealthy, largely white, elites rig the U.S. economy to build their own wealth, at the expense of people who are Black, Indigenous and of color” said Ericka Taylor, Popular Education Manager for Take on Wall Street. “We can’t undo this mess without understanding how we got here. The site was designed to reveal this hidden history. We’re honored with this recognition, and we hope it introduces us to new partners who want to learn more and spread the word.”
Winners for the inaugural Anthem Awards will be celebrated at the first annual Anthem Voices conference followed by a star-studded virtual Awards Show on Monday, February 28, 2022. Fans will be able to hear from social impact leaders during the day and then watch the show, featuring special moments, and hallmark speeches from the winners at www.anthemawards.com.
About Take on Wall Street
Take on Wall Street works to build a financial system focused that centers the needs of white, Black, and Brown working people, not just the wealthy elite and big Wall Street banks. Our coalition collectively envisions a financial sector that serves the public instead of exploiting it, and we fight to make that a reality by training activists, cultivating political champions, and delivering policy change. We believe it’s time to unrig the system. To learn more about the website or our popular education trainings, email Ericka Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Anthem Awards
The Anthem Awards, the Webby Awards newest initiative, was developed to recognize the breadth of social good work (online and offline) around the globe by honoring the organizations, brands, and people creating long-lasting impact; including, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Education, Art, & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment, & Climate. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF, and XQ.
About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps, Mobile, and Voice; Social; Podcasts; and Games. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,500 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include Verizon, WP Engine, YouGov, Brandlive, Canva, NAACP, KPMG, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement, and AIGA.