The Catholic Committee of Appalachia congratulates our friend Danny Swan, co-founder of Wheeling, WV’s Grow Ohio Valley (GOV), for his receipt of the Ignatian Solidarity Network‘s 2016 Moira Erin O’Donnell Emerging Leaders for Justice Award. The O’Donnell Award honors young adults who have received an undergraduate degree from a U.S. Jesuit university and demonstrated significant social justice leadership in their communities. Danny and two additional awardees were honored at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice on November 13, 2016.
From ISN’s blog:
“In response to Danny’s vision and leadership,” explains Michael Iafrate, Co-coordinator of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia, “GOV is transforming how its community thinks about, grows, and distributes food,” modeling integrated city revitalization efforts and local food economy transformation. “But this is more than yet another version of the hip ‘eat local’ trend,” continues Iafrate. “GOV’s mission is rooted in Danny’s spirituality of solidarity with the marginalized—including the suffering Earth—which was shaped through his Jesuit education and by his exposure to the pastoral letters of the Appalachian Catholic bishops, ‘This Land is Home to Me’ and ‘At Home in the Web of Life’.”
The work of Grow Ohio Valley was highlighted in CCA’s 2015 “People’s Pastoral” The Telling Takes Us Home, and Danny was one of several readers who offered helpful comments and insights for the pastoral’s material on food justice in the region.
Read more about Danny, Grow Ohio Valley, and the other award winners here.