Activist Scholarship Profiles
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Bristol Cone Activist Scholarships
The Bristol Cone Activist Scholarship is awarded annually to students who have outstanding records in public service and activism.
Jenny Fein, ‘09, received her B.A. from Ithaca College in New York, in 2005. While an undergraduate, she worked for the Fund for Public Interest Research and traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to lobby state senators and representatives on the Growing Greener II Initiative. The proposal, which increased conservation funding within the state, passed and was placed on the ballot. In her first year at UDC-DCSL, Jenny worked with the American Civil Liberties Union-National Capital Area, where she researched and drafted memoranda on Constitutional religious freedom and police surveillance. She also became an Equal Justice Works member and assisted in preparing for the highly successful auction, which raised more funds for public interest fellowships than any previous year. This past summer, she interned with Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Clinic, helping clients with various matters, including naturalization, lawful permanent residency and asylum. She became an Associate Editor of the Law Review, a well-liked Torts I Teaching Assistant, and an Equal Justice Works Board Member. She also interned in the Appeals Division of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, drafting opinions on federal employee discrimination cases.
Wayne Turner, ‘08, received his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Literature/Theater from Reed College in 1986. Shortly after graduation, he lost a dear friend to AIDS. When the AIDS epidemic became a malignant national scourge, Wayne reacted. A long time D.C. resident and co-founder of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the AIDS protest group "ACT UP” (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), Wayne has been arrested six times in non-violent civil disobedience for protesting government inaction on AIDS. He and his partner, Steve Michael, were among nine people arrested at the White House when President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. After Steve died from AIDS in 1998, Wayne organized an historic political funeral in downtown Washington, per Steve’s last request, and held an open casket funeral service on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
Wayne went on to lead the successful citizens’ ballot initiative 59 campaign to protect seriously ill patients who use marijuana. When Congress barred the District from counting the votes, the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area (ACLU-NCA) filed a lawsuit and won the release of the election ballots, revealing that the measure had passed by 69%, winning in all eight D.C. wards, and every voter precinct. Wayne has continued the effort to ensure that people with HIV and AIDS have access to quality health services. His article documenting fraud and funding abuses in federal AIDS programs, entitled "AIDS Inc.”, was published as the cover story of the Washington Monthly Magazine in April 2000. He also drafted and lobbied for proposals requiring random audits of AIDS service organization and addressing conflicts of interest in the allocation of federal funds, which Congress added to the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act reauthorization of 2000. At UDC-DCSL, Wayne has been active in OUTlaw, the association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender law students and their allies, and was Symposium Editor for Law Review. He has also served as a legal intern at the D.C .Council’s Committee on Health, where he prepared materials for the Committee’s oversight hearing on the District troubled HIV/AIDS Administration. Wayne has accepted a position with D.C. Appleseed, will be sitting for the D.C. Bar and will continue to work on civil rights and health care quality and access issues.